Recent graduates entering the workforce are expected to have a core set of soft skill competencies such as interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities, a strong work ethic and an ability to learn from constructive feedback. But many companies report a soft skills needs gap among young employees, according to a 2013 International Youth Foundation study.
Further, 77 percent of 2013 graduates expect their first employer to provide formal training, but only 48 percent of 2011 and 2012 graduates actually received formal training in their first job post-graduation, according to an April Accenture survey of some 1,010 students graduating from college in 2013 and 1,005 who graduated in 2011 or 2012.
To combat this soft skills gap, many companies have invested in technology-based training programs, mobile initiatives and companywide social media websites, according to the survey.
The study suggests companies create a “community of learning” among young employees where they can participate in experiential activities to enhance the learning experience.