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2017 University Graduates Cling to Human Elements Despite Digital Fluency, According to Accenture

2017 University Graduates Cling to Human Elements Despite Digital Fluency, According to Accenture

10/03/2017

2017 University Graduates Cling to Human Elements Despite Digital Fluency, According to Accenture

Multi-country study is the first of its kind by Accenture Strategy, which has benchmarked U.S. graduate perceptions about the workforce since 2013

A new study by Accenture (NYSE:ACN) shows that three in four new university graduates believe their education prepared them for today’s digital workforce. Despite their digital native prowess, only 19 percent of these new graduates prefer web communications tools, while nearly four in ten (39 percent) favor face-to-face interactions with colleagues.

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Percentage of graduates who prefer working for a large company (Graphic: Business Wire)

Percentage of graduates who prefer working for a large company (Graphic: Business Wire)

Across all countries surveyed, most new graduates—those graduating in 2017—have already taken digital or computer science related courses when they begin their first job—ranging from 66 percent in the United Kingdom to 76 percent in Germany—bringing a highly marketable digital mindset with them. Having this experience, a majority of new graduates welcome artificial intelligence (AI) and other advanced technologies, ranging from 56 percent in Spain to 70 percent in Italy, believing these new technologies will enhance their work experience. Yet, new graduates rated communication as well as problem solving skills (both 38 percent) as skills that would make them most attractive to potential employers.

“It is not surprising that these digital natives are less worried about their competency with emerging technologies,” said Mary Lyons, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy, Talent & Organization, Global Lead. “For them, working alongside technology is less daunting than mastering the softer skills of communication, problem solving and management. They have grown up in a connected world where humans and machines have coexisted for as long as they can remember.”

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