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Published: Tuesday, April 22 2014 5:55 p.m. MDT

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Midvale, UT

"Employers also reported they struggle to find recent college graduates who are qualified for the job because they lack communication skills, can't adapt well and don't know how to think and solve complex problems."

If college isn't teaching students to think, or communicate... I'm wondering what it's teaching. I think another part of the equation, from employers' perspectives (at least in Utah), is they are constantly seeking to find highly skilled workers with years of experience also willing to work for less and less. A common theme in economic news is referred to as the "skills gap", but a deeper look reveals that it's not so much a "skills gap" as a "cheap skills gap." One doesn't need to look too far to see how the pay discrepancy between the top and middle/bottom of the U.S. economy is widening exponentially. Truth is, if employers are willing to pony up the cash for the skills they seek, they'll suddenly find them, in hordes.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

I remember a year after I graduated from college being extended an interview (and subsequent job offer) for a company in Chicago. The funny thing about that job was...I applied for that job the year BEFORE, and had already forgotten all about them! It just took Human Resources that long to get around to making the hire. I found out a couple of years ago that often times, hiring personnel put out advertisements for jobs that are really more of a [insert department here] "wish list", but sans proper corporate funding. They don't actually make their selection until after funding becomes available, but they often do the interviews, and tell the applicants they're looking to hire right away.

And for what it's worth, I interviewed for the job I have now just over 2 years after I'd initially interviewed for it. It's a great job, and I'm grateful for it, but I understand the frustration many recent grads have over finding a good job.

P.S.: Nearly all the kids we hire right out of college....were in-house hires from their internships. Want a great job? Get an internship.

Mcallen, TX

How's the free trade agreements working out?

Woodland Hills, UT

All those young Obama lovers and game players are getting their reality check. What's left to say, have fun.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Remember all those foreign students the school administration was courting?
Well, now they are lobbying congress for an amnesty plan so they can take your jobs.
The Facebook man is throwing money around so Senators and Reps will vote for amnesty. Even Orrin Hatch was presiding over a session recently, telling us our own students aren't smart enough and they need to import talent.
The Marriott man has a similar group called [Something] for a New American Economy. Here's a hint: It does not involve enhancing your position in the labor force. Their concern is amnesty for those who came here illegally.
So, citizens are chopped liver in Washington these days.
I am truly sorry about the lack of leadership in our country and how it has impacted you.

Mchenry, IL

Schools are doing an awful job of only accepting the number of students into their "college" that could possibly find a job. It does matter how well you market yourself. If there are only 70 jobs in humanities and 90 graduates with that degree 20 aren't going to find a job in their field no matter the marketing.

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