Today at the highly anticipated ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit our CEO, Dan Rosensweig, took the stage to further address the existing skills gap that plagues today’s graduates. Beyond our current understanding of the skills gap between what students are learning in college and the skills employers need for entry-level jobs, Dan presented new company data that highlights the growing gap and what’s become a culture of complacency – educators, employers and students acknowledge the gap exists, but they each believe other parties are responsible. The report comes from a new study of university educators, college students, and hiring managers and brings a new, important perspective to Chegg’s findings from last year’s “Bridge That Gap” study.
All participating parties – educators, businesses and graduates – have a different perspective on the issue, creating an expectation gap and a cyclical “blame game.” We are calling all three parties to take accountability for their role in creating a solution to the skills gap.
Message to Educators: Academic change can be a slow process. But there’s no reason that money spent on athletics, admissions, etc. can’t be reallocated to support campus career centers. We would like to challenge campus career centers to help students be successful now. Additionally, we challenge professors to modernize their curriculum to meet the needs of today’s student and workplace requirements.
Message to Businesses: Be more generous with internships and invest in young, passionate students by giving them the training and tools they need to be successful in the workplace. They will not only be grateful for the experience but, in return, will also serve as your greatest brand ambassador.
Message to Students: No one is more invested in your own future than you. It’s your life: own it and take control of your future by seeking out internship experience and leveraging supplemental learning tools to give you the skills you’ll need to be successful after graduation.
While the Arizona weather challenged the resilience of our Santa Clara team, all in all, Chegg was thrilled to be a part of this well recognized and evolving education conference that plays an important role in what we do best: putting students first.
See our full presentation and learn more about the company’s latest data, here.