Skills, Knowledge and Attitude
On PersonnelToday's website, there's a summary of a report of a survey by XpertHR which says that in the UK at least, employers say there are too few graduates to fill entry level positions. I was intrigued by this, because we hear a lot of 'the last 2/3 graduating classes haven't got jobs due to the recession and are therefore stuck'.
80% of those surveyed though, said that the problem was the actual number of graduates, but the quality. They 'faced difficulties recruiting graduates due to a lack of skills, knowledge or the attitudes of the candidates'. According to the article, this is the second survey in as many weeks to have this finding.
What strikes me about this statistic is that two of the three, graduates can easily change, themselves, without any cost. Changing your attitude is as easy as deciding to. Getting more knowledge is as easy as going to the library (and most graduates have access to their college library for several years after they leave). Skills is harder, but there's nothing to stop you practicing your excel skills at home. If the problem for graduates getting jobs really is just skills, knowledge and attitude, it's an easy problem to solve.