San Francisco, Calif., July 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The price of a college degree continues to climb across the country. But has the value of this degree kept pace? Students expect their investment in college to pay off in the form of meaningful employment. However, according to data released today, both recent graduates and human resource managers believe that the lack of ‘people skills’ training in higher education indicates an opportunity for colleges and universities to partner up. with students and employers to fill a critical skills gap.
A new report released today by Mursion, From Competence to Instinct: How Higher Education Can Close the Class-Career Gap, found that while the strong technical skills rooted in traditional universities are essential to professional success, these skills may not be enough to stand out in a highly competitive job market. In fact, the data revealed that 44% of HR professionals would hire a candidate with superior relationship skills compared to a candidate with superior technical skills.
The report shows how this new skills gap is widening and reveals the implications it could have for the future if no formal action is taken. The data highlights an opportunity for higher education institutions to step in and not only increase the value of their offering, but help shape a future workforce with the social instincts to collaborate and work. together successfully.
Key data highlights include:
While the general importance of interpersonal skills in the workplace is undisputed, expectations have diverged. HR seeks high levels of collaboration, while recent graduates focus on individual skills:
- 65% of HR professionals think teamwork and collaboration are the most fundamental people skills – and 40% think these skills are most lacking in new hires
- Only 37% of recent graduates think they need to develop better teamwork skills, instead focusing on presentation (41%) and negotiation (40%)
The pandemic and the sequential shift to remote work only widens this new skills gap:
- Before the pandemic, HR professionals rated the relationship skills of existing employees as average or below average – almost half (47%) believe the pandemic has made those skills worse
- Recent graduates said they missed out on traditional in-person facilities or events that could have served as a launching pad for their careers
“It may seem natural to assume that recent college graduates and other emerging professionals will eventually learn to navigate difficult office personality types and advance their careers,” said Mark Atkinson, CEO and co-founder of Mursion. . “But we can’t afford to assume that all recent graduates are self-taught when it comes to foundational human skills. To learn a new skill and make it instinctive, people need practice, guidance, and reflection. They need to have the opportunity to fail in a psychologically safe space so that they can identify their mistakes and try again until mastery is achieved.
To learn more or download the full report, click here.
In May 2021, Mursion conducted a dual survey of over 400 recent university graduates and over 425 HR professionals to explore the importance of human skills in the workforce and find out how emerging HR and professionals would like this gap to be improved.
Powered by a blend of artificial intelligence and live human interaction, Mursion offers immersive virtual reality training for essential skills in the workplace. Mursion simulations are designed for the modern workforce, featuring interactions between learners and avatars to achieve the realism needed for measurable, high-impact results. Drawing on research in the learning sciences and psychology, Mursion harnesses the best of technology and human interaction to deliver results for both learners and organizations.
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