US employers give graduates the thumbs down

2010

American employers are underwhelmed by the professionalism and attitude of young workers, with almost four out of 10 respondents to a new survey complaining that less than half of all new graduates exhibited professionalism in the workplace.

The survey by the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania also found that almost a quarter of employers believe that professionalism in young workers has decreased over recent years compared with just 15 per cent who believe that it has increased.

The study, in its second year, surveyed more than 400 business leaders and human resources professionals across the US.

Among the main areas found to be absent from many unseasoned workers were Internet etiquette, the ability to accept personal responsibility and the ability to accept constructive criticism all.

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