Are Graduating Students Ready for the Job Market?
According to ACT, an international organization involved in educational and workplace skills assessments, the majority of recent high school graduates are unprepared for the jobs experiencing the most growth and many lack the desire to go into these high-growth occupations. In their recent report, "The Condition of College & Career Readiness", ACT reveals that students are unprepared and uninterested in the career fields that account for 53 percent of all projected jobs. These fields are education, computer/information specialties, management, community services, and marketing/sales.
In addition, the study's analysis of college readiness shows that only 60-67 percent of young people surveyed met ACT's recommended college readiness benchmarks for English. Their scores in reading, mathematics, and science were even lower -- with levels of knowledge indicating college-entry coursework readiness ranging from 22 percent to 37 percent in science, 35-48 percent in mathematics, and 44-53 percent in reading with most of the reading scores falling below 50 percent.
Based on these statistics, it will become increasingly more difficult for the United States to compete in the global economy. Savvy employers will woo the top high school and college talent with internships and summer employment; but it remains to be seen whether their efforts will be enough to create a competitive work force for the future.