Poll: Many Americans doubt college graduates ready for workforce

Posted Aug 22, 2012 by Andrew Moran
Are high school and college graduates ready for the world of work? A large number of Americans doubt they're prepared and ready for today's workforce, a new poll says. With a competitive global economy, is this a good sign for the future?
A picture of a building on the Ohio State Campus.
A picture of a building on the Ohio State Campus.
Wikimedia Commons
Gallup published results from its latest study that looked at students and their future. It asked respondents, both parents and non-parents, about today’s high school dropouts, high school graduates and college graduates and if they’re prepared for the workforce.
An overwhelming number of respondents concurred a high school dropout is unprepared for the world of work. When it comes to a high school graduate, 44 percent disagreed that they would be ready for the world of work. Meanwhile, one number is standing out and has already made headlines: 17 percent disagree that college graduates are ready for the workplace and 29 percent were neutral.
The figures varied by both parents of school-aged children and those without children in school. It seems that parents were more optimistic about the corporate readiness of college graduates, while non-parents had their doubts.
“Companies need employees that are ready to make meaningful contributions. Unfortunately, Americans don't consider today's high school dropouts and graduates -- most of the new people entering the workforce each year -- to be ready for the world of work,” Gallup wrote in its findings. “Many Americans also express doubts that today's college graduates are prepared for work, revealing that concerns about job-readiness stretch to higher education.”
Other highlights of the Gallup poll showed:
- Children of illegal immigrants should not receive free public education, school lunches and other benefits.
- The paucity of financial support for public schools is more of a concern than safety.
- Many are willing to pay more taxes for more achievements and the improvement of urban public schools.
- Although respondents would not give teachers As or Bs, many are confident and have trust in their ability.
- Schools should be engaged in disciplining children for bullying.