Chegg Speaks at SXSWedu


As the not-to-be-missed education event SXSWedu in Austin, Texas, comes to a close today, we reflect on Chegg’s presence at the show where we highlighted both international recruiting and retention and presented new data about the skills gap forming in today’s education system.  Here’s a recap of our two speaking slots on Wednesday, March 5th:

Building a Global Student Body – International manager at Chegg, Sid Krommenhoek, led the conversation with current Davidson College sophomore and Chinese exchange student, Kai Jai, as well as Vice Provost for International Strategic Initiatives at ASU, Denis Simon.  The trio discussed the current international education landscape and provided tips for both students and institutions alike to improve the overall study abroad experience.

  • Key Takeaways: US colleges and universities looking to start or expand their international presence need to proceed with a carefully crafted strategy that’s right for their school.  Retention should be a primary goal, not just recruiting.  As Chinese international recruiting expert Denis Simon highlights, “good news travels fast in China, but bad news [about US school performance or catering to international students] travels even faster”.  English proficiency is one of the most, if not the most important skill to master for Chinese students looking to reap full value from their US college experience.  Last, students and schools should consistently check on their current international program and continuously make improvements across the board to provide the best experience for their students.

Mind the Gap: The Myth That College Preps You for Jobs – Our CEO, Dan Rosensweig, highlighted the skills gap that’s rapidly forming between what students are learning in college and the skills employers need for entry-level jobs.  Through original research conducted with current college students, hiring managers and recent graduates now at their first job, Chegg found that the gap is larger than ever – and students perception of their own expertise and capability is much higher than it should be to be successful in today’s workforce.

  • Key Takeaways: Students are missing many business basics from public speaking to prioritization and organization.  Not only that, but while only 50% of students think they are ready for the workforce upon completion of their education, only 39% of hiring managers think students are ready.  The gap is real, so we all must acknowledge the problem, and take steps to fix it.  Institutions and employers need to step up to workforce demands by developing skills-based training and both employers and institutions need to be in constant communication to close the skills gap.

All and all, Chegg was thrilled to be a part of this successful and rapidly growing education conference so we can continue doing what we do best: putting students first.

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