Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Closing The Skills Gap

Linda Wang, C&EN 2012 Volume 90 Issue 24 | pp. 49-51
This C&EN article discusses the "skills gap" between academic and industrial jobs and what PhD programs could be doing to better prepare their students for jobs in industry. Despite the large amount of stellar PhDs being churned out by top programs throughout the country, many employers in industry are still having a hard time finding applicants with the skills they deem key to success in industrial jobs. The article cites a few programs that incorporate short-term internships into their programs, but acknowledges that internships are not an option for most PhD candidates. In the end, they comment on the responsibility of students to focus on their professional development and to "do their homework" as far as what is required to obtain a position in industry. 

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