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Mind the Gap - How Can Young Job Candidates Increase Employer Satisfaction?

Breanne Wilson
Senior Web Project Manager - Oracle University

Written by Nicole Fornacon, Marketing Director OU EMEA/APAC 

Being young these days has a lot of perks: from access to evolving technology and free information to borderless labor markets.

But despite all these opportunities, young people often experience difficulty finding a job after they graduate. Some might even say telling a young person to “just get a job” is like going to the Sahara desert and yelling “just rain!”

What is Causing this Epidemic Unemployment?

What can young people do to avoid becoming "Generation Jobless?"

According to a study conducted by McKinsey & Company, employers are dissatisfied with candidates’ poor skills, calling them "Generation Unprepared."

Many employers prefer to leave a vacancy open, as they struggle to find candidates with the right skills. The lack of skills is also causing major business problems, in the form of cost, quality, or time.

So why are young people not developing the skills employers need?

Your High School Education isn't a Secure Ticket to Employment

The accelerating pace of technological, demographic and socioeconomic changes is transforming industries and business models, changing the skills employers need and shortening the life of employees’ existing skill sets.

Current technological trends are creating an unprecedented rate of change in the core curriculum content of many academic fields.

Nearly 50% of subject knowledge acquired in the first year of a four-year technical degree is outdated by the time students graduate, leading to a growing need for continuous training.

Meet the Employer's Skills Expectations

In such a competitive labor market, sometimes having a university degree is not enough to set you apart in the candidate pool. Today’s job markets and in demand skills are very different from those of 10 or even 5 years ago - and the pace is only going to accelerate.

As a result, it's essential for those who want to get a good job to update their skills through continuous, hands-on training and certification courses.

Ask yourself this question: if you were given the choice between two different pilots - one took hands-on training and the other did not – but both had the same diploma, which one would you choose? The pilot with more training, of course!

This is exactly how employers look at hiring candidates. Investing in the right professional training is key to getting the job you want!

Get Ahead of the Trends - Develop Your Knowledge of the Cloud

And if the job you want is in the tech industry, Oracle University can help prepare you. 

The move to the Cloud is on!

Industry trends for 2016 revealed a huge demand for both hybrid cloud architecture and skilled staff on this technology. More and more organizations are modernizing their databases and moving them to the Cloud. 

The Computer and Mathematical job family is going to experience very high growth centered on data analysis and software and applications developers – as a result of the digital transformation every industry is experiencing.

Our lives are becoming increasingly connected to our devices and other people.

Smart machines get smarter, the Internet of things will be the great next trend, and a new IT reality must evolve with technology
architectures and platforms to support the advancement of a digitally connected world.

  • Computing power and Big Data Analytics will be significant drivers of employment growth.
  • Individuals who can process, analyze, visualize and present data will continue to be in demand.
  • If you're passionate about databases and want to develop in demand skills, Oracle Database training courses will empower you in the job market.

Get your head in the Cloud, fulfill the need for Big Data analysts and get playful with Java to get on the track to professional success.

Explore Oracle University's hands-on training courses today to empower your job search!

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