I’ve written about this subject ad nauseam but this excellent piece from the WSJ deserves to be read by everyone from students to parents to educators.
- The key point made is how ill-prepared most graduates are for the workforce of today – and this applies to both men and women.
- Whose fault is that? If anyone is to blame, it’s parents, educators, and mostly students themselves. Based on my experiences researching this subject with students, what I hear repeatedly is they avoid engineering and computer sciences because “it’s hard” or it’s “not fun or interesting.”
- Get over it people. This is where the jobs are, at the companies in growth mode.
- One last point on gender. I’m sure if we broke down the figures, we would find that among the paltry number of students graduating with in-demand degrees in engineering and computer sciences, the vast majority are NOT women.
- It’s easy to blame companies but I am 100% opposed to this. Female engineering or computer science graduates routinely land multiple jobs offers. Turning on Google or Uber because they haven’t hired non-existant female engineers is foolishness.
Some other findings from the WSJ article that I have run into personally and need to be addressed by students:
- More than 60% of employers said applicants have not familiarized themselves sufficiently with their company and industry, and consequently do not ask good, insightful questions in interviews.
- Three out of four applicants fail to send thank-you notes after interviews.