In a new survey commissioned by Bentley University, 58% of respondents, including business decision makers, recruiters, and students, gave recent college graduates a letter grade of “C” or lower on their preparedness for their first jobs.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents viewed the lack of preparedness among millennials to be a “real problem.” Sixty-four percent of corporate respondents remarked that the lack of preparation of new hires harms the productivity of their day-to-day business, while 74% said the lack of preparedness has an impact on the economic challenges facing the U.S. today. Yet, Bentley’s research informed the following recommendations for better preparing students to succeed in the work place.

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