- Most students place “outsized importance on college majors,” finds a recent survey from Handshake, a career services platform for college students. While 81.5% of surveyed students said their majors are key to future job opportunities, only 50% of employers using the company’s premium service listed a certain major as a requirement in job posts.
- Students’ views on college majors are “outdated,” Christine Cruzvergara, Handshake’s vice president of higher education and student success, said in a statement. Instead they should “focus on developing skills including the ability to synthesize information, think critically, and communicate well.”
- Students from all majors except engineering ranked “prior internship/job experience” as the No. 1 factor in landing a job. Engineering students selected “relevant skills” as their top factor.
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