Poll: Young adults favor experience over degrees for job prep

Hallie Busta, Education Dive

Although many teens and young adults say there are payoffs to attending college, slightly more (73%) say on-the-job experience is “a good way to prepare for success” in the workforce compared to degrees or other educational experiences, according to a recent survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Of the 769 teens (ages 13 to 17) and 1,804 young adults (ages 18 to 29) polled, equal shares (60%) said vocational training or a bachelor’s degree would help them prepare for success. A slightly higher percentage (66%) said the same of graduate degrees. The results also highlight differences in students’ college-going habits and their views of higher education based on factors such as family income, race and political leaning.

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