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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.

The Extended Classroom: Responding to the Changing Job Market

Today’s workplace looks dramatically different than it did just three years ago, when Bentley's first survey of employers gave college graduates a “C” for workplace preparedness. Now, 78 percent of employers say recent graduates ARE prepared for success in the job market.  So what has changed?

Bentley recently commissioned a new survey of 1,000+ employers, educators, current students and recent graduates to see how the labor market has evolved since 2013, how higher education has responded, and what is necessary for the next generation of graduates to thrive.  Learn more about the results.

It's Time for the Hybrid Job

In January 2016 analysis from the PreparedU Project looked at the latest job trends to find out which careers and skills are in highest demand.

Recent college graduates face a unique job market that expects more of each candidate than ever before. In 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 the "hybrid job."

The Millennials at Work Survey

Everyone’s talking about millennials at work. But what do millennials themselves think? We conducted a 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 in 2013, it has engaged a wide 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 initial 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. They 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 Kristen Walsh March 25, 2019

Brandon Samba '20 overcame his family's financial struggles and now helps kids learn financial skills to break the cycle of poverty.