In a recent article on CNBC, the idea is challenged that today’s college students are not prepared for the level of communication skills necessary to effectively work in an internship or full-time job setting. Are cell phones, texting and character limits altering how prepared you are for today’s work environment? Many would say YES and I would argue they are correct!! If you haven’t done so already, conduct your own study on the lack of face to face contact going on in your environment. Witness countless students pulling out cell phones the minute they walk out of class or while in line waiting for mail. How many virtual conversations do you conduct a day? Check out the full story below and please share your thoughts, we want to hear what you think?
Experts differ on why job candidates can't communicate effectively. Bram Lowsky, an executive vice president of the workforce management arm of Manpower, blames technology. "With Gen X and Gen Y, because everything is shorthand and text, the ability to communicate effectively is challenged," he said. "You see it in the business world, whether with existing employees or job candidates looking for work." Others say colleges aren't doing a good job. In a survey of 318 employers published earlier this year by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and conducted by Hart Research Associates, 80 percent said colleges should focus more on written and oral communication.