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The Department of Education should launch an annual survey of employers that polls what skills are most desirable in different industries.

One of the reasons for the growing disconnect between what college students are learning in the classroom and what they actually need to know to be successful in the workforce is the lack of a national-level survey asking what employers actually value in a recent graduate. While the relevant skills in some careers such as engineering and mathematics are closely aligned to traditional academic coursework, others, such as management, investment banking, or sales are not. A national survey of employers would help schools develop more appropriate curricula and students decide what classes and skills are most valuable for their careers.