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The Multi-Generational Job Search Study 2014

National Survey Finds College Doesn’t Prepare Students for Job Search 

A new study from Millennial Branding and Beyond.com reveals how personality can impact hiring and long term career prospects 

Boston, MA and King of Prussia, PA, May 20, 2014Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm, and Beyond.com, The Career Network focused on helping people grow and succeed professionally, today announced the results of a study entitled, “The Multi-Generational Job Search.” Following a national survey of job seekers and HR professionals, 43% of the 2,978 respondents said that “cultural fit” was the single most important determining factor when making a new hire. And while academic success was helpful, the majority of hiring managers (64%) would still consider a candidate who hadn’t even attended college.

According to the survey, the top three attributes that companies are currently looking for are: a positive attitude (84%), communication skills (83%) and an ability to work as a team (74%). However despite this need, liberal arts majors (who are historically more focused on communications) were shown to be the least likely to land a job, with only 2% of companies actively recruiting those graduates – versus 27% for engineering and computer information systems and 18% for business. Proof of this shift was evident when 49% of all generations responded that they believe there are “no jobs” out there for those with a liberal arts degree.

Based on the data, acquiring a college degree is important, but may take a backseat to an applicant’s personality. In fact, 73% of hiring managers felt that colleges are only “somewhat preparing” students for the working world. The biggest challenges facing hiring managers seem to be how the job seeker presents themselves – 36% of HR Pros reported that candidates are “unprepared” and 33% said they have a “bad attitude” when interviewing.

The survey looked at Gen Z (Ages 20 or younger), Gen Y (Ages 21-32), Gen X (Ages 33-49), and Baby Boomers (Ages 50-68). Responses were then segmented into whether the respondent was an employer, or a job seeker.

Highlights from the Employer Responses:

Cultural Fit is Key – 43% of HR professionals rank “cultural fit” as the single most important thing in the hiring process, followed by “relevant courses” (21%) and “internship experience” (13%). Only 2% ranked “GPA” as being most important in the recruiting process.

Job Boards Are Effective – 45% of HR professionals find candidates on job boards, followed by their company website (18%) and employee referrals (17%). 71% said that referral candidates get high priority when deciding whom to hire.

Employers Want Personality – The top three skills hiring managers are looking for are: a positive attitude (84%), communication skills (83%) and teamwork skills (74%). The least important skills were:  “having a global perspective” (10%) and “working virtually” (10%).

College Isn’t Everything – 64% of employers would consider a candidate without a college degree, and 65% said that where a candidate went to school doesn’t matter. 73% feel that college is only somewhat preparing students for the working world.

Employers Can’t Communicate Needs – 61% of companies said that their talent needs have changed over the past two years, but 54% haven’t communicated those changes to the student marketplace.

Students are Unprepared – 36% of respondents said they are unprepared, and 33% said they have a bad attitude when interviewing. Employers suggested candidates could stand out in the recruiting process by “learning as much as possible” about their company (57%), “bringing a portfolio” of work (15%), and “bringing a case study” showing the results from a project (10%).

Highlights from the Job Seekers Responses:

Salary & Meaningful Work Are Key – The two most important benefits all generations look for when selecting an employer are “salary” (30%) and “meaningful work” (30%). Only 10% said “healthcare benefits” and 2% said “401K” plan.

Jobs are Online – The most popular way respondents are getting jobs is through “online job boards” 28%, followed by “company websites” and “referrals” at 8%. Only 2% have gotten a job from a career fair. More Gen Y’s are getting jobs through job boards than older generations and when it came to social networks, 53% are applying to jobs through LinkedIn, followed by 19% for Google+ and 10% for Facebook.

Is College Worth It? – Although 71% of all generations pay their way through college, 31% of job seekers said that a degree isn’t worth the cost. Due to the high price of education:

  • 41% said it’s going to take 4 or more years to pay back student loans
  • 53% said that colleges should be accountable for getting students jobs
  • 33% of all generations would have rather started a business than attended college in the first place
  • 59% said that college doesn’t prepare students for the real world

Young Entrepreneurs – 65% of Gen Z and 62% of Gen Y are either somewhat interested or very interested in starting a company, versus 54% of Gen X and 40% of Boomers. Gen Y’s (47%) and Gen Z’s (60%) are slightly more likely to work at a start-up than Gen X (43%) and Boomers (45%).

Quotes:

“In the current economy, majoring in liberal arts won’t yield good job prospects so you have to pair a liberal arts degree with business courses in order to become a more appealing candidate. Students have to up their game by being prepared for interviews, presenting their best self and matching their work style with the right company culture if they want to successfully find a job.”

Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding and New York Times bestselling author of Promote Yourself

“You hire a person, not a resume – college graduates need to take this into account as they prepare for their career. Corporations are looking to make a long term hire, preferably individuals that are flexible and can work well in a team environment. It is important to study a company prior to the interview, show them your passion and present yourself in the best possible light. Recent college grads need to remember that there is still one test left – the one-on-one interview.”

Rich Milgram, Founder and CEO of Beyond.com

Contacts:
Millennial Branding (Spokesperson): Dan Schawbel, dan@millenialbranding.com
Beyond.com (Media Contact): Michael Cavacini, mcavacini@brownsteingroup.com

About Millennial Branding

Millennial Branding is a Gen Y research and management consulting firm based in Boston, Mass. Millennial Branding helps companies understand the emerging Gen Y employee by providing research, training, and advisory services. As representatives of Gen Y and advisers to management, our goal is to provide research and insights that will make you more profitable, grow your market share, help you understand your Gen Y employees, and turn you into an industry leader. As ambassadors to Gen Y, we want to give our generation a voice, support their careers, and connect them with brands that understand their needs.

About Beyond.com

Beyond.com is The Career Network focused on helping people grow and succeed professionally. By connecting job seekers and employers through 70 unique career channels and 3,000 industry and regional communities, we are changing the way job searching is done and helping people build relationships around the world. Through powerful communication tools and a personalized online Career Portfolio, members have a 24/7 online presence and access to job search functions, networking features, statistics and social and industry research. Beyond.com was named to Inc. Magazine’s prestigious ‘Inc. 500’ list and is a Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE: SFE) portfolio company. www.Beyond.com.

The Future of Education Study

Millennial Branding and Internships.com Release Study on The Future of Education 

50% of students don’t need a physical classroom, 53% believe that online colleges are reputable and
39% view the future of education as being more virtual

Boston, MA – June 11, 2013 – Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm and Internships.com, the world’s largest internship marketplace, today announced a new study called “The Future of Education.” The study shows how students view online learning, how they believe education is changing, how they study and interact in a classroom setting and how colleges can better help them prepare for the working world. This online survey of 1,345 students from colleges across America was conducted on May 16th.

The study found that students are more willing to learn online and view the future of education as more virtual and social media driven. Only half of students think they need to attend class in a physical setting to get an education. When asked  what they saw coming next in education, 39% of students said that it would be more virtual and 19% said that they’ll be using social media to engage in the classroom. More students believe that online colleges are reputable and the majority are willing to gain professional experience in an online environment.

Additional highlights from the report include:

1. Colleges are expected to prepare students for the workplace. 25% of students feel unprepared for the working world and 69% of students believe that it’s both their college’s and their own responsibility to be prepared for the working world.

2. Students are demanding internships, career advisor support and mentoring. When asked what they believe their college is lacking that would prepare them for the working world, 52% said access to internships, 43% said people to mentor them and 35% said career advisor support.

3. They turn to internships to develop real world skills. 57% of students believe internships are most important when developing their business skills, followed by college classes at 12% and family and friends at 12%. Only 2% valued textbooks as the most important way to develop their skills. 69% of students would participate in an online internship if they were able to. 40% believe that their reliance on technology has hindered the development of their interpersonal skills.

4. Students want to study alone instead of with others. When studying for exams, 75% of students want to study by themselves and only 20% want to study with friends and classmates in person. In a classroom setting, 84% use a computer and 19% use an iPhone and tablet device to study.

5. There’s room for growth in the online education marketplace. 78% of students still believe that it’s easier to learn in a traditional classroom than online. They do value the benefits of online learning including balancing work and class, flexibility in assignments and lower costs. 43% say that online education will provide them with courses of the same or higher quality than traditional colleges.

6. Students are very interested in pursuing advanced degrees. 81% said they are interested in advanced degrees. When asked why, 55% said it would make them more employable and 38% said they would gain professional connections.

Quotes:

“Millennials understand that the future of education is online and since they were brought up with the internet, they are prepared for that change. Education should not be a one size fits all model because everyone learns differently, regardless of age, occupation and location. More online courses should be offered to cater to those who learn better in a virtual classroom.”

- Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding & author of Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success

“As new modes of online higher education develop and students use technology in greater and greater numbers within and for their academic curriculum, it’s clear that the desire for relevant 21st century jobs and career experiences go hand-in-hand. To ensure the ROI of college long term – whether learning in offline or online settings, experiential education – specifically through internships and mentoring, is a must for the next generation student.”

- Robin D. Richards, CEO, Internships.com

Contacts:

Millennial Branding: Dan Schawbel, dan@millennialbranding.com
Internships.com: Yair Riemer, yriemer@careerarcgroup.com

About Millennial Branding:

Millennial Branding is a Gen Y research and management consulting firm based in Boston, Mass. Millennial Branding helps companies understand the emerging Gen Y employee by providing research, training, and advisory services. As representatives of Gen Y and advisers to management, our goal is to provide research and insights that will make you more profitable, grow your market share, help you understand your Gen Y employees, and turn you into an industry leader. As ambassadors to Gen Y, we want to give our generation a voice, support their careers, and connect them with brands that understand their needs.

About Internships.com:

Internships.com — a CareerArc Group company — is the world’s largest internship marketplace bringing students, employers and higher education together in one centralized location. The innovative, Los Angeles based company, develops a wide variety of interactive, world-class tools and services to enable every student, employer and educator to better understand and optimize internship opportunities. For additional information, please visit www.internships.com. For tips on finding internships, hot internship listings and internship advice, follow Internships.com on Twitter (www.twitter.com/internships) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/internships.com).