Report Says Colleges Don’t Prepare You For Jobs

Go to college, then get a good job. Right? Maybe not. According to The Huffington Post, a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce says that colleges aren’t doing enough to prepare students to find a job in the current market.

Even though more jobs will require college degrees in the future, the demand may level off – and there will still be plenty of jobs for people will specific training, but not a four-year degree (like registered nurses and customer service representatives).¬†Anthony P. Carnevale, director of the Georgetown center, said colleges “need to streamline their programs, so they emphasize employability.”

Though many colleges “aspire to be Harvard” and give an “academic” education, that’s not what’s really needed. According to the report, 23 percent of all occupations will require a bachelor’s degree by 2018. In 1973, that figure was nine percent. However, employers’ educational expectations may level off in the future. Among the thirty¬†fastest growing jobs, only seven require college degrees. And in the top 10, only two: accounting and postsecondary teachers.

I think colleges need to compromise, providing a general kind of education in the first year or two, but emphasizing career skills and job placement in the later years. Education for the sake of education is a nice concept, but we all need jobs, and sometimes professors stuck in their academic bubbles forget about the real world.