BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A new study from Bentley University discovered the millennial generation, those born between 1980 and the early 2000s, are not prepared for the current workforce.
And statistics seem to verify the findings.
The latest unemployment numbers for college graduates ages 21-24 was just under nine percent. In 2000 it was just under five percent.
The problem might be that younger and older generations taking part in the study defined preparedness and work ethic differently.
Business leaders say integrity and professionalism are some of the most important skills an employee can have.
A surprising discovery in the study was that a college degree is important but just 28 percent of business leaders think a college degree guarantees success.
Compare that to 60 percent of high schoolers and 52 percent of college students who think that a degree is all you need to succeed.
The study says millennial are lazy and unprepared but some employers at a job fair at ECC believe that the younger generation is just craving strong leadership.
Erie County Deputy Fire Commissioner Tiger Schmittendorf said, “In many cases they never got that in school at home or in the workplace. So it’s my belief that we change that perception and let them know there are a lot of great young people out there today.”
The study suggested millennials need to focus on developing who they are – just as much as the kind of skills they can learn – and business leaders need to help millennials understand that individuality is important.