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Students say they want more digital and technical class options

Many college students say they've been learning digital skills on their own. Credit: Fuse Many college students say they've been learning digital skills on their own.
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In today’s corporate world, it seems like strong digital skills are becoming more and more essential — and college students are noticing.

A new study by Internships.com and General Assembly found that today’s college students are eager to develop their digital and technical skills, regardless of their majors.

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However, there’s a large gap between the students’ desire to learn these skills and the resources available to them.
Three out of four of the students surveyed said they wished their schools would help them more “real world” internships. Over half of the students also said that colleges and universities should make more courses that focus on the development of technical skills a requirement.

But many millennials say they aren’t waiting for their schools to catch up to the 21st century, with the majority of those asked — 63 percent — saying that they have tried to develop these skills on their own through supplementary classes and online coursework.

It should be noted that General Assembly, the study’s co-sponsor, focuses on offering both online and offline courses on topics like design and Web development. Course titles include “Introduction to Machine Learning” and “Introduction to Data Exploration.”

“With technology and digital media driving much of today’s fast changing economy, there is a strong demand for people with technical skills and a practical understanding of business,” says General Assembly co-founder Jake Schwartz in a statement.

Follow Lakshmi Gandhi on Twitter @LakshmiGandhi.

 
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