Employers and Public Favor Graduates Who Can Communicate displays ambivalent attitudes and a complete lack of real world experience--not by students or employees--but by managers, employers, and professors that peddle such nonsense to students and the community-at-large.
What nonsense you ask? Being "well-rounded with a range of abilities" will land you that fab job you've been dreaming about.
Why the attitude? Here's why. If a company is hiring for a position that requires a Bachelor's Degree in marketing, finance, or business, it doesn't matter that upper management or your local professor believes "Being well-rounded with a range of abilities is more important than
having industry expertise because job-specific skills can be learned at
Upper management is never going to meet that well-rounded person because that well-rounded person will never pass the initial screening process. This kind of well-meaning, blather does NOT help those entering the job market.
Job seekers have to meet the job market where it stands and if professors or upper-management employers want a reality check, go read the want ads. Nobody is looking for a "well-rounded" individual with a wide "range of abilities," they are advertising for persons who have a "B.S. Degree in
Business, Healthcare Administration, Accountancy or Finance."
I completely agree that a "well-rounded individual with a range of abilities" is a desirable employee indeed, but the person opening the envelope (or email) is simply doing their job when they are told to send the "Thanks, but no thanks" letter to all applicants who don't have the required degree.
Worst of all are students who feel that just having a degree--any degree--will take them somewhere, and while that may be true, all it says to employers is that students can stick out five more years of school, but I guess that is something.
So professors, do your students a favor and have them focus on really learning something in college, whether it is finance, humanities, marketing, or history.
Students, I ask you once again what's your major?