A recent study shows college students across the nation are only primed for entry-level positions and are unprepared for promotion in the postgraduate workforce.
The Hart Research Associates, working on behalf of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, surveyed 501 business executives and 500 hiring managers from a variety of companies to gauge the perceived value of a college education.
The employers surveyed were equally spread across the American Northeast, South, Midwest and West, with varying workforce sizes.
According to the study, 57 percent of executives and 60 percent of hiring managers believe recent college graduates have the ability to succeed in entry-level positions, but not in higher-level positions.
Only 34 percent of business executives and 25 percent of hiring managers were confident recent graduates are well equipped for career advancement.
Some of the individuals surveyed said colleges and universities need significant improvements to their curriculum to promote graduate success.
However, the study did show a high number of employers indicated a strong preference for a college education. The study said 82 percent of executives and 75 percent of hiring managers believe a college degree is either very important or essential in the workforce.
Gary Miller, the director of University Career Services at UNC-Chapel Hill, said he still believes universities are structured to prepare graduates for future careers.
“We want to create graduates who are ready to tackle lots of different problems and obviously be prepared to grow in their opportunities as they become available to them," Miller said. "I think it’s extreme to say that it’s the University's responsibility to prepare somebody for a specific advancement opportunity.”