The Chronicle of Higher Education and American Public Media’s Marketplace
conducted a survey of employers who hire recent college graduates in order to
understand employer perceptions of the role of colleges and universities in career
preparation. Some of the most surprising findings of the report titled “The Role of Higher Education in Career Development: Employer Perceptions” include the following:
• 78% of employers will consider any major. Only 19% of employers look for specific majors and do not consider candidates without them.
• Work experience (particularly internships and other work during school) is more important to employers than GPA and major.
• An internship is the single most important credential for recent college graduates to have on their resume.• Most interviewers value extracurricular activities, like professional clubs, athletics and service, more than GPA.