Busi­ness leaders are increas­ingly pes­simistic about whether col­lege stu­dents are being ade­quately pre­pared for careers, according to an annual survey.

Nearly nine out of 10 of 500 exec­u­tives polled said grad­u­ates lack the nec­es­sary skills to suc­ceed. And more than half said the United States is lag­ging behind its eco­nomic rivals in this measure.

Nor does the cor­po­rate class think uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges are get­ting better at career prepa­ra­tion. Fewer than 30 per­cent said the sit­u­a­tion will improve in the next 10 to 15 years.

The exec­u­tives rank com­mu­ni­ca­tion, inter­per­sonal skills, and adapt­ability among the most impor­tant things they think grad­u­ates should know, according to the survey, com­mis­sioned by North­eastern University.

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