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Study Reveals Students Lack the Necessary Skills for Success

Creative Candidates Study Infographic September 2014FINAL[2]Today, Adobe revealed the findings of a study, Seeking Creative Candidates: Hiring for the Future, conducted for our education customer base, about how hiring managers view creativity in job candidates. The survey of more than 1,000 U.S. hiring managers revealed that eight in 10 view creativity as important to success yet they find that the majority of students are unprepared for the workplace of tomorrow.

Statistics show that the evolving marketplace and technology are changing the evaluation criteria for candidates and increasing the need for creative problem solving skills. Two primary factors driving this change are the digital revolution and the belief that creativity and creative thinking are becoming indispensable to success.

So what can we do? Hiring managers agree that preparing students for the future requires a change in approach, including courses and opportunities to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, rewarding innovation and creativity in education and on the job and requiring technical majors to take courses in creative disciplines.

To prepare students for the future, we encourage all educators to help students demonstrate broad skills, practice problem solving and develop creative thinking skills. Please share your learnings and best practices with us as collectively we can help the next generation be ready for the jobs of tomorrow.

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