Survey Shows More Skills Gap Concerns

July 20th, 2012

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Survey Shows More Skills Gap Concerns

July 20, 2012

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The majority of Indiana employers believe the state's college graduates are not prepared for the day-to-day aspects of a job. The Indiana Business Council's latest study shows only 21 percent of respondents believe the readiness of college graduates is excellent or very good. This is just one of the eye-opening results from a new survey of nearly 700 members of the statewide, online panel.

“We’ve been hearing from business leaders throughout the state about the so-called ‘skills gap’, but these results show us the issue is perhaps more widespread than we thought,” said Gerry Dick, president and co-founder of Grow INdiana Media Ventures LLC. "Many employers have been concerned for some time about the preparedness of those entering the work force as well as those already on the job.”

Other results from the Indiana Business Council's skills survey include:

• Only 40 percent feel college graduates meet their expectations.
• The majority of respondents believe graduates can’t take the skills learned in the classroom and apply them in the workplace.
• Critical thinking, oral communication and professional work ethic are the three most frequently mentioned career skills necessary to being successful.
The most recent survey also shows the Indiana Business Confidence Index (BCI) is at 63 percent, down slightly from 65 percent in April. The BCI is a measure of the overall confidence Indiana business leaders and employees have in their company’s opportunity for growth and success in the coming 12 months.

To receive more information on the BCI and the study, or to apply to participate on the council, visit

The INdiana Business Council is an online panel of approximately 4,500 Indiana business professionals that is surveyed on important business and economic issues throughout the year. Feedback from the panel is analyzed, interpreted and published by Walker and Inside INdiana Business. The INdiana Business Council is a partnership between Inside INdiana Business and Indianapolis-based Walker.

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