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Posted June 26, 2014 by

Job or Masters… Which Path to Select?

Young man sitting in front of chalkboard thinking with finger on his chin

Young man sitting in front of chalkboard thinking with finger on his chin. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Seeing the scarcity of jobs in the market, Smith opted for his masters, hoping that it would land him a better position to get high paying jobs. After his post-graduation in the same field he has completed his bachelors, he found himself in an even more crowded market, with more number of applicants and even fewer job vacancies, and his Master’s degree did not benefit his job getting cause to a great extent.

There a number of students like Smith, who goes for their post-graduation degree when they do not find a job of their interest and expectations. What they fail to realize is that the number of graduating students is increasing every year, while the growth rate of vacancies is not that steep. A number of researches have shed light on the degree of variance between what students study in their classes and what they practically apply on the field. Companies are also aware of this knowledge gap, and therefore, are often reluctant to experiment the new ones with relatively no experience. So, whether you have a Master’s degree, the majority of the companies would prefer a bachelor’s degree with some hand-on experience over your Masters. (more…)

Posted April 18, 2014 by

36% of Employers Say Specific/Technical Skills Most Important for Grads to Possess

Most Important Skills for Grads to PossessThe largest portion (36 percent) of employers recently surveyed said that specific/technical skills related to the job were the most important.

In the survey conducted among 100 human resources professionals in early April by global outplacement and coaching consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., the employers also stated that soft skills like ability to work within a team and communication skills are also among the most important for graduates to possess. Ability to work in a team environment was selected by 14 percent of respondents.  Surprisingly, having strong written/verbal communication skills was selected by just 8.0 percent or respondents, and problem solving was the most important skill for just 4.0 percent.

 

Posted October 23, 2012 by

75% of Employers Want to See Leadership, Problem-Solving Skills on College Grad Resumes

Attributes Employers Seek on a Candidate's ResumeWhen a new college graduate puts together a one-page resume (as experts recommend), every word must count.

An employer spends just seconds scanning each resume to decide if it’s going into the “interview” or the “toss” pile.

In addition to a solid knowledge of the new grad’s field (noted by earning a good GPA and participation in internships), employers are looking for grads who have a number of “soft” skills, according to a new survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Employers taking part in NACE’s Job Outlook 2013 survey say they look for a range of soft skills, including leadership abilities, initiative, the ability to communicate, and more.  (more…)