New Study Suggests that College Graduates Have 11 Key Skills Gaps

New research by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) finds 11 key skills gaps among college graduates. These skills include the following:

  • Understand Role in the Workplace and Have Realistic Career Expectations
  • Recognize and Deal Constructively with Conflict
  • Accept and Apply Critique and Direction in the Workplace
  • Listen Effectively
  • Communicate Accurately and Concisely
  • Realize the Effect of Decisions
  • Build Professional Relationships
  • Navigate Change and Ambiguity
  • Identify and Analyze Problems
  • Transfer Knowledge from One Situation to Another
  • Ask Good Questions

However, employers and college faculty are not always aligned on the relative importance of these skills. For example, setting realistic career expectations was the top employer-identified skills gap, but it ranked only ninth among faculty. APLU recommends that colleges should teach students how to be persistent and how to manage conflict, change, and ambiguity. 

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