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America’s Employers Value Skills and Experience

Posted by Carol D'Amico on Oct 8, 2018 10:32:00 AM

Topics: Adult Learning, Employee Training, Talent Management, Employee Retention

Carol D'Amico is the executive vice president of mission advancement and philanthropy for the Strada Education Network. She is is a nationally recognized expert in designing and leading strategies related to higher education, workforce development and business-led involvement in education reform.
 
Join Carol D’Amico this November at the 2018 CAEL International Conference as she explores these insights and shares new findings from Strada and Gallup’s research on pathways from education to employment.
 

 
There’s good news for experiential learners! Hiring professionals focus on a job applicant’s personal and technical skills, their interview presentation and previous work experience when making hiring decisions, according to a new national survey of employers commissioned by the Strada Education Network and conducted by Gallup. This will come as no surprise to CAEL members, who understand the often-overlooked value of previous work experience. This is just one finding about the value and relevance of experiential learning from the survey of employers commissioned by the Strada Education Network and conducted by Gallup.

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Based on interviews with 2,108 business professionals who assess and hire new employees at their companies, skills and experience topped college rankings by an overwhelming amount. In fact, the majority (56%) said that the ranking of an applicant’s college is “Not at all important” when making hiring decisions. Employers clearly place a priority on a job applicant’s personal (93%) and technical skills (81%), their interview presentation (95%) and previous work experience (80%).

Americas-Employers-Value-Skills-and-Experience_Blog_CAEL_2018_2There are insights for employers in these findings as well. Training in skills that are relevant to the workplace need not come from a top-ranked college. In addition to hiring, employers looking to retain or retrain talented employees should consider the value, to their organizations and employees, of providing talent management, career development and employee education.

The more that education consumers and employers learn about how to succeed in their careers, the more valuable their education experiences will be.
 


 

We're excited to host Carol D'Amico as a featured speaker at the 2018 CAEL International Conference in Cleveland, which runs from November 13 to 16. Register today to join like-minded colleagues who also are invested in understanding and improving pathways between education and careers.

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