The College Corporate Connection; or lack thereof

The college-corporate connection isn’t always a tight one, especially when it comes to views of employment following graduation.

A recent blog published by Intead outlined the differences between what college presidents think is important in getting a job after graduation and what employers believe is important.

Among the findings:

  • College presidents believe that a school’s reputation, a graduate’s internships, major, GPA, and employment during college were the most important factors.
  • Employers believe that internships, employment during college, college major, volunteer experiences and extracurricular activities were important when evaluating a potential employee.  College GPA and reputation came in last. 
  • Headlines stress how many college graduates are looking for jobs while living in their parents’ basements.  But that is only part of the story.  Employers have jobs that they cannot fill because college graduates do not have the necessary skills.
  • Increasingly corporations are partnering with colleges and universities to meet their future workforce needs to comprar cialis sin receta.  For example, IBM has created the Academic Initiative, and is working with colleges and universities to develop curricula that will help college graduates develop data skills needed to meet “Big Blue’s” future workforce needs.  Georgetown University, Northwestern University, the National University of Singapore and the University of Missouri are all participating schools.

The New College GuideThe New College Guide: How to Get In, Get Out and Get a Job recommends:

  • Meeting with staff in your school’s career counseling office to learn of any corporate partnerships.
  • Also get a list of all internships and off-site work opportunities.  
  • Be your own advocate and plot your own employment experience while in college.
  • You now know this is important to future employees.

Employment after graduation a world concern

world university rankingsU.S. parents and students are not the only ones interested in employment after graduation.

Last October, Times International Education, published  its annual list of the world’s top universities, measured by employment success of graduates.

The list is compiled by Emerging Associates, a French human resources consulting group and Trendence, a German polling institute. Approximately 2,700 recruiters in 20 nations participated in the survey.

  • U.S. colleges and universities dominated the ranking with 45 places and seven in the top 10.
  • 14 UK universities were in the top 150.
  • China had 4 schools in the top 100.

Top 25 Colleges and Universities Worldwide

  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of Oxford
  • Harvard University
  • University of Cambridge
  • Stanford University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Columbia University
  • Yale University
  • The University of Tokyo
  • Technische Universitat Munchen
  • University College London
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Ecole Polytechnique
  • HEC Paris
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Ecole Normale Superieure
  • Australian National University
  • Imperial College London
  • Brown University
  • Indian Institute of Science
  • University of Chicago
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology

Where would your school rank? Next week’s blog will focus on the revised gainful employment rules proposed by the U.S. the Department of Education on March 14.