Are graduates prepared for Tampa PR jobs?

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Some employers are concerned that graduates aren’t being adequately prepared for Tampa PR jobs, among other jobs, according to a recent survey form CareerBuilder.

The survey found that 57 percent of employers say they plan to hire new college graduates, up from 53 percent last year and up significantly from 44 percent in 2010.

Nearly one in four (24 percent) don’t feel academic institutions are adequately preparing students for positions needed within their organizations.

The most common concerns include:

· Too much emphasis on book learning instead of real world learning – 53 percent

· My company needs a blend of technical skills and soft skills gained from liberal arts – 35 percent

· Entry level roles are growing more complex – 26 percent

· Not enough focus on internships/apprenticeships – 16 percent

· Technology is changing too quickly for academics to keep up – 16 percent

· Not enough students are graduating with the degrees my company needs– 10 percent

Employers who do not feel students are adequately prepared are most concerned about roles tied to customer service (41 percent), public relations/communications (22 percent), business development (21 percent), sales (21 percent), general office functions (20 percent), and IT (18 percent).

The most sought-after majors this year include:

· Business – 39 percent

· Computer and Information Sciences – 28 percent

· Engineering – 18 percent

· Math and Statistics – 14 percent

· Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences – 14 percent

· Communications Technologies – 12 percent

· Engineering Technologies – 11 percent

· Education – 7 percent

· Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, and Humanities – 10 percent

· Science Technologies – 7 percent

· Communication and Journalism – 7 percent