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About the PreparedU Project

About the PreparedU Project

Is the next generation prepared for the workforce?

That question has been asked more and more over the last few years — in the media, in corporate offices, in college classrooms and by college students themselves.

At Bentley University, officials were concerned. Not so much for the university’s own graduates, who continue to be highly sought by corporate recruiters. Rather, they were concerned for the higher education industry itself, for graduates who couldn’t find jobs, and for corporations who couldn’t find what they were looking for.

Thus was born Bentley’s PreparedU Project, a major initiative designed to shed light on these pressing issues through market research. PreparedU also became a popular national forum to discuss what needed to be done to provide students with both a quality education and market-driven preparation for successful careers.

2016: Jobs and Skills Predictions

The latest anaylsis from the PreparedU Project looks at the latest job trends. Which careers and skills are in high demand right now?

College graduates in 2016 will face a unique job market that expects more of each candidate than ever before. In new labor market analysis commissioned by Bentley it is clear that job descriptions are expanding to include skills (i.e. sales, social media or programming) that were once represented by standalone jobs, but are now in high demand across multiple job categories. Read more about why 2016 is the year of the hybrid job.


The Millennials at Work Survey

Everyone’s talking about millennials at work. But what do millennials themselves think? We conducted a second nationwide survey of over 1,000 millennials that revealed some surprising opinions about seven key workforce issues.


The Millennial Preparedness Survey

Since the PreparedU Project launched with broadcasts on Bloomberg Radio in late 2013 and early 2014, it has increasingly engaged a variety of stakeholders, audiences whose views were captured in the responses of more than 3,000 individuals who participated in the initial national survey. Learn more about the survey results

  • Solutions: How to Better Prepare Millennials for Work
    How can we better prepare millennials for work and help them find jobs? In our initial national survey, we asked leaders in higher education and business to identify skills that recent graduates are missing and propose specific ways to fill those gaps. The top seven solutions are further examined in our latest report
  • Millennial Women in the Workplace
    The survey also took a close look at millennial women in business, seeking a better understanding of the barriers that confront women in the workforce and the ways in which millennial women might overcome them, with the cooperation and encouragement of educators and business executives of both genders.

National Attention

Check out the national media coverage on The PreparedU Project.

Join Us

In a world where the speed of change is accelerating and the impact of a global economy is felt more deeply every day, the role of the next generation cannot be understated. Almost one million strong, millennials are transforming our economy and our society right now. We invite your interest and participation in the PreparedU Project, where you’ll find information of all types, including articles, opinions, videos, analysis and more.



by George Grattan August 9, 2016

Bentley University’s Co-Provost and Dean of Arts and Sciences Daniel Everett talked with us recently about a wide range of topics, including being featured in a new book by Tom Wolfe, two of his own upcoming books, the importance of studying the origins of language, and the value of a fusion approach to business education.