Study says college grads lack professionalism in the workplace

24.04.2013 | | Katariina Nuotio

How to prepare students for life in the workplace? Generation Y’ers or Millennials who view smart phones and social media as essential extensions of their personalities are finding that such a lifestyle – often characterized as “unfocused” -may conflict with workplace expectations.


A 2012 study “Professionalism in the Workplace” surveyed professionalism in the American workforce from multiple angles and found conflicting expectations. Excessive social media utilization, inappropriate texting and improper attire in interview situations are just some examples of situations where interpersonal skills, appearance, communication skills and time management are critical from the employers’ perspective.


What do employers look for when they seek professionals? According to the study the following qualities are sought in new hires:


–          Interpersonal skills

–          Communication skills

–          Work ethic

–          Appearance

–          Confidence

–          Knowledgeable

–          Time management


How can you demonstrate your professionalism in a job interview?

–          Be on time

–          Be properly dressed

–          Prepare, prepare, prepare

–          Hone your verbal skills by taking every opportunity to use them


See the infographics here.

Katariina Nuotio


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