The first day at a new job for a recent college graduate is a mix of emotions. They’re excited to be out in the real world, apprehensive of what’s coming their way, and nervous about starting a new chapter in their life. But, this new change in their life also presents a whole new set of questions and challenges. Are they adequately prepared for their new role? What will their manager think of their performance? Will they live up to the expectations placed on them and their role within the company?
Unfortunately, the answer to most of those questions aren’t what the recent graduate wants to hear. In a recent survey, IT and business executives thought 87% of college graduates were not sufficiently prepared for today’s jobs. The larger issue behind this situation is the gap between what new employees know and what employers expect.
The Changing Expectations of Employers
According to Nicole Cox, a recruitment officer for Decision Toolbox, companies are still feeling the effects from the 2008 recession. During the recession, companies were forced to downsize in order to remain in business. Today’s employees entering the workforce are the ones experiencing the residual pressure from that era.
While businesses are making a come back and growing their workforce, they are doing it a different way. It’s not about headcount or filling seats at desks. It’s about hiring the best of the best. The competition for these candidates is stiff, and the ones who meet this criteria are facing high expectations. But, the missing piece to the puzzle for many recent graduates trying to enter the workforce is that their education doesn’t allow for the skills and experiences employers are looking for.
The Disconnect Between Skills and Job Placement
The typical college student leaves their respective college or university full of confidence in their abilities and job prospects. What they aren’t prepared for is their lack of employable skills. They have the hard skills to get certain jobs and tasks completed, but when it comes time to advance their careers, grow their responsibilities, or make a positive impression on managers, their skills are lacking.
In a recent PayScale report, 63,924 managers were asked about the skill areas in which college graduates seem to be lacking. 60% of the surveyed managers agreed that graduates lacked critical thinking and problem solving skills while 56% of graduates don’t pay attention to detail. 46% agreed that communication skills were a real challenge and 36% agreed that teamwork skills were severely lacking in recent graduates. These skills are what’s known as soft skills. They aren’t usually directly taught in college classrooms. College and university roles are tied directly to hard skills. Can a student do XY and Z? Did they pass a certain class? Yes, then they can graduate and earn a degree. But, for many employers the soft skills are what make or break a new employee.
How Soft Skill Development Can Bridge The Gap Between Employers and Future Employees
Soft skill development is crucial in today’s workplace full of collaboration and innovation. However, gaining those soft skills is often done outside of traditional classroom experiences. For instance, being part of a campus organization can help someone gain the communication and teamwork skills they need to be successful in an entry-level job. Internships are also a great way to develop a keener eye for details and to learn how to be a critical thinker. The issue, though, is not every role in an organization bears the same responsibilities and not every internship affords students the experiences they need to gain these types of skills.
Soft Skill Development At Eleven Fifty Academy
Soft skill development is not only a side effect of learning how to code, but at Eleven Fifty it’s proactively incorporated into the employer advised curriculum. As far as hard skills are concerned, coding is quickly becoming a desired skill for multiple industries and multiple job roles. Having the knowledge of what coding is and how it can be applied can be the differentiator a recent graduate needs to distinguish themselves in an ever expanding pool of talent. Beyond that, the soft skills you learn at a coding bootcamp like teamwork, problem solving, communication, and the importance of details go far beyond what you can learn in a traditional classroom.
Courses at Eleven Fifty move at a rapid pace and students learn early on that it’s going to require grit, determination, and support from their classmates to succeed. Removing the fluff from the curriculum allows students to zero in on what’s important and what’s needed to succeed rather than just knowing enough to get by. It can be challenging, but the reward is being career-ready with both hard and soft skills that employers are looking for in their future employees.
Starting Your Journey With Eleven Fifty
Are you ready to develop the soft skills that stand out to employers? At Eleven Fifty Academy, our curriculum is focused on making sure students are career-ready with the most in-demand skills. We routinely update our curriculum based on employer feedback and work individually with our students to help them develop the skills employers require. Learn more about a student’s journey by downloading our Microsoft .Net course overview.