Why College Grads Can’t Find Jobs: We Asked ChatGPT

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At some point in your life, you’ve probably heard someone you know, or the media, complain about how there’s an epidemic in which college grads can’t find jobs. It’s quite the fearmongering headline, and it certainly gets clicks. Perhaps it has even instilled fear in you! But have you ever wondered just how true that statement is? What ARE the facts?


  • Preparation is Key: Emphasizes preparation as essential for job search success, addressing issues like work experience and skills mismatch.
  • Education Gap: Points out the gap in college education failing to prepare students for job market realities.
  • GradSimple’s Role: Highlights GradSimple’s commitment to equipping students with the necessary tools and guidance for effective career readiness.

We Did an Experiment with ChatGPT

To explore why graduates struggle to find employment, we conducted an experiment involving ChatGPT. Our objective was to have ChatGPT scour the web to identify the primary reasons behind why college graduates can’t find jobs. Subsequently, we tasked ChatGPT with summarizing its findings into five key points. This approach allows us to swiftly grasp the prevalent viewpoints on this subject.

It’s important to note that ChatGPT’s methodology involves aggregating and synthesizing information in line with established industry standards. In essence, the resulting bullet points represent the top five factors attributed to the challenges faced by recent college graduates in their job search, as per insights from experts across the internet.

Why College Grads Can’t Find Jobs – According to ChatGPT

Here’s what it found:

  1. Lack of Work Experience: Many recent college graduates face the hurdle of limited work experience, which can make them less competitive in the job market.
  2. Skills-Job Mismatch: It’s not uncommon for graduates to find themselves in roles that don’t align with their academic qualifications or skillsets. This mismatch can lead to dissatisfaction and hinder career growth.
  3. Limited Networking: Building a professional network is a vital aspect of job hunting. Graduates often struggle because they haven’t developed a robust network.
  4. Uncertainty in Career Direction: Many college graduates face uncertainty about their career path. This lack of clarity can lead to indecision and make job searching more challenging.
  5. Inadequate Job Search Skills and Preparation: Graduates may not be adequately prepared for the job search process, including crafting resumes, preparing for interviews, and leveraging online resources.

What We think

To most, this list shouldn’t come as a surprise. However, there’s a critical element that is underemphasized: Preparation.

The placement of “inadequate Job Search Skills and Preparation” at number five in the list is telling. It signals a broader perspective on how these challenges are perceived and prioritized across the web. However, from our vantage point, preparation should be at the forefront of a student’s journey into the professional world.

Insufficient preparation leads to a domino effect – poor job search skills, lack of relevant work experience, absence of marketable skills, limited professional networks, and amplified career direction uncertainty.


For college students, we believe that job preparation starts with career readiness. It’s precisely why we have an entire blog category dedicated to Career Readiness. If you want to learn more, check out what is career readiness and how do I start.

Our Philosophy

The philosophy here at GradSimple is straightforward:

Job preparation and thus, career readiness should be an ongoing, holistic process that starts from day one at university.


This approach ensures freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to continuously improve, adapt, and explore. Importantly, this isn’t just for business students; it’s a mindset and strategy that should be accessible to all students, regardless of their field of study.

Consider the average college student, not far removed from high school, with limited exposure to the corporate job-hunting world. The majority, lack experience in seeking a “real,” full-time corporate position.

How can we expect one to know what they might want to pursue after graduation if they’re not encouraged to explore, experiment, and make mistakes while in school? This lack of experience can leave students feeling lost, unprepared, and uncertain, particularly as they approach graduation.

It’s no wonder why a survey by the Mary Christie Institute found that nearly 40% of recent graduates felt that their colleges didn’t adequately prepare them for the emotional or behavioral aspects of transitioning to the workplace.

The struggle to find a job among college graduates isn’t merely an individual challenge; it points to a systemic issue. Colleges, in many cases, fall short in preparing students for the job market. Just as students require guidance and preparation to excel in exams, they also need structured support to confidently navigate the job market and secure employment.


At GradSimple, we seek to bridge this gap. By providing students with the tools, resources, and guidance for job preparation, we aim to alleviate the stress and uncertainty of transitioning from college to the workforce. Hopefully, we’ve given you clarity on the truth behind why college grads can’t find jobs.

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