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About the PreparedU Project

About the PreparedU Project

Is the millennial generation prepared for the workforce?

In the fall of 2013, that question was being asked more and more — in the media, in corporate offices, in college classrooms and by millennials themselves.

At Bentley University, officials were concerned. Not so much for the university’s own graduates, who continued 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. What 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 market analysis, powered by labor market analytics firm Burning Glass, Bentley uncovered that the strategist is out and the hybrid worker is in. New data indicates 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 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.

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.

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 millennials 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.