Your col­lege degree is impor­tant, but it needs to be bol­stered with plenty of work experience.

According to a new survey by FTI Con­sulting, on behalf of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, 60% of the gen­eral public feels someone with no col­lege degree but some work expe­ri­ence would fare better in the work­force than a person who has a diploma but no work on their resume. And 62% of busi­ness leaders with hiring respon­si­bil­i­ties agree.

A 1,000-person poll, con­ducted in August, asked respon­dents about the value of soft skills, U.S. com­pet­i­tive­ness and the role of higher edu­ca­tion in work­force prepa­ra­tion. The find­ings were com­pared with those from a July survey of 263 hiring managers.

Though busi­ness leaders agreed with a broad swath of the pop­u­la­tion on the value of work expe­ri­ence, they’re not in sync when it comes to the value of work, study or travel abroad. While 58% of respon­dents from the gen­eral pool agreed that stu­dents with a global per­spec­tive and some over­seas expo­sure are more suc­cessful employees, just 39% of busi­ness leaders feel the same.

Both groups agreed that book smarts alone won’t make someone a suc­cessful employee, but dif­fered when estab­lishing “the ele­ments of what it means to be well-​​rounded,” says Jocelyn Landau, director of strategic com­mu­ni­ca­tion and research at FTI.

Read the article at The Wall Street Journal →