The Gender Divide: Women Feel Less Prepared to Enter the Workforce

By McGraw-Hill Higher Education

July 24, 2018

Only 4 in in 10 U.S. college students very or extremely prepared for their future careers and when outlined by gender, women were even less likely to feel confident in their career preparedness.

This discrepancy in fact started before even the first college class. In the 2018 McGraw-Hill Future Workforce Survey, women reported feeling less prepared than their male peers in all aspects of their college or university program – course load, academic rigor, financial obligations, social life, time management, and faculty interactions.

How Prepared Were You For The Following Aspects Of Your College Or University Program?

This trend of lower confidence in preparation, extends to career readiness – with only 36% of women saying they felt very or extremely prepared to enter the workforce (in comparison to 50% of male respondents).

36% vs 50%: Fewer Women Feel Prepared for the Workforce Than Men

Are women truly less prepared than men in entering college and the workforce? Or are they lacking confidence in their own skill level and preparedness?

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