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Monday 7th September 2015
It’s been reported that less than half of graduates aren’t ready for work. In a recent report by HR magazine it was reported that 47% of graduates felt they were unprepared for working life.

Out of 2612 employed graduates, 38% found the transition from student to employee difficult. The majority of graduates believe they are fitting in well in their new work place. With 84% comfortable with how to behave in the working environment and 68% happy to ask for help when they need.

However 41% were uncomfortable meeting new people. 33% lacked confidence when presenting themselves in a working environment and 28% said they didn’t know how to fit in and integrate well with their working team.

Work ready graduates’ co-founder, Kyle Burrows states: ‘It’s important that graduates understand what is expected of them from day one and how they can be the best they can be’. So why it is so many fresh graduates seem to be finding the transition into the real working world so difficult?

Universities are providing fantastic mentoring and knowledge around their key subject areas which will help students secure the job they want, however, there seems to be a blank space when it comes to preparing and mentoring students for the working environment and how to succeed and continue developing in the work place.

Education can only take students so far, and not all students will settle in to working life as quickly and easier as others, so as much guidance as possible needs to be provided to students based around this.

Many universities have understood that this preparation is fundamental in the overall success of their students so have started incorporating extra-curricular careers days to give students the ammunition they need to develop successfully in the working environment. Leeds Beckett University, along with Leicester University and Birmingham University and many more have been recognised for their efforts to prepare students for employment, for example: trial assessment center days, mock interviews, CV workshops, fantastic careers workshops ran by industry professionals, advising students on what is expected of them are provided at these establishments, with excellent feedback from the students taking part.

The importance of internships is also something that is being widely encouraged across all subject fields at more and more universities to improve employ ability for students after University and to prepare them for the working environment.

Could universities do more to help and prepare students for the working environment even after they have graduated? Could universities offer career development courses, master classes and mentoring on an alumni bases?

Alternatively, should the pressure be taken off of universities completely? Should hiring companies, recruiting for graduates offer more in the way of employment masterclasses to graduate job seekers, even if they are not a considered candidate? As this would give graduates a taste of what is expected and how to adapt accordingly in the real working world. After all, it’s in the company’s best interests to ensure that as many graduates are equipped with the skills they need for the work place to increase the number of strong relevant graduate candidates applying for positions.

What else can be done to improve these statistics and generate more successful graduate workers?

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