Textbook rental company Chegg asked 1,000 hiring managers about the preparedness of new hires right out of college. Chegg then asked 2,001 recent graduates to rate how prepared they were to enter the workforce. The result? A gap in perceived strength versus reality.
This is sometimes called the “Lake Woebegone Effect,” named after the fictional town from Prairie Home Companion where all of the children are above average. While most “hard skills” are measurable in some way, soft skills are more open to interpretation. Moreover, most of the above skills often aren’t taught in the classroom.
For grads, the more you can do outside of the traditional learning environment through side projects and internships, the more opportunities you’ll have to hone these skills. It’s better to know where you need to improve when the stakes are low rather than when you’re facing a hiring manager later on. Also, check out the PDF guides Chegg provides to help you get started.
Previously on soft skills: You Don’t Need To Learn To Code + Other Truths About the Future of Careers