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Management training in decline, survey shows
The annual survey of employers participating in Miami University's fall career fair reveals a significant decline in management training programs and an expected increase in the hiring of college graduates in 2006.
While last years office of career services survey found 92 percent of organizations indicated management training programs would be made available to new graduates, only 79 percent of the 174 employers visiting Miamis campus this September plan to offer these programs to incoming hires. Over the last four years, the median length of management training programs has been six weeks.
These findings underscore the fact that while many students may count on the availability of formal training programs, an increasing number of employers expect new graduates to hit the ground running, said Rick Hearin, director of the office of career services. This trend puts a real premium not only on academic preparation, but on internships and other practical experience, as well.
Forty-seven percent of employers surveyed expect to hire more graduates than last year, while only five percent anticipate a reduction in hiring activity.
To prepare for todays work force, Hearin suggests students take steps to improve themselves in areas of key importance to employers. More than 52 percent of employers surveyed at the career fair identified communication skills as the most sought ability in job candidates. Immediately following desired traits are drive, desire to succeed, academic success and leadership. The findings echo the results of a comprehensive survey of 1,100 employers conducted by the office of career services last spring.