Last week, the editor of a newspaper in the Pacific Northwest emailed to check a reference for one of my former students. A position had opened up because the editor had let go a staffer who kept misspelling the names of people in photo captions. In another conversation earlier in the week, the owner of a Maryland consulting company mentioned that she routinely eliminates millennial job candidates when they can’t follow basic directions on a writing test.
Sound familiar? Supervisors of young adults sometimes complain about lack of skills among this generation. Turns out their complaints are on target. American millennials are among the world’s least skilled workers in three key areas, according to a recent Educational Testing Service study. “Abysmal” is how an ETS researcher characterized the scores.