Seven in 10 Executives are in Jobs They Had Not Anticipated in Their
Undergraduate Days, Korn/Ferry Survey Finds
Strong sentiment among executives today that at least half of the class of
2017 will end up in jobs that don't yet exist; broad leadership skills favored
over discipline-specific studies
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Your perfect job might not be the
one you prepared for. That's the conclusion of a new Korn/Ferry (NYSE: KFY)
executive survey on the skills needed to advance in a world where jobs are
quickly evolving in the face of ever-changing technologies.
Fully 68% of the executives surveyed say they are working in a field different
than the one they anticipated when they began their undergraduate studies.
More than four in 10 believe a majority of the 2013 freshman class will end up
in jobs that don't yet exist.
In addition, the survey found that 66% of executives believe students would
benefit more by learning leadership skills rather than focusing on specific
"This survey casts new light on education and executive development," said
R.J. Heckman, President of Korn/Ferry's Leadership and Talent Consulting
business. "One takeaway is that while specific disciplines like finance and
marketing will always be important, more ubiquitous skills, such as the
ability to influence and motivate others, and apply past lessons to new
challenges, are key to career advancement, regardless of industry or role,"
"To use a baseball analogy, the leaders of the future will be 'five-tool
players' who can run, field, throw and hit for average and power. They will be
agile executives who can readily adapt to any industry and challenge," Heckman
Did you end up in a career/industry that you had anticipated when you began
your undergraduate career?
How many freshmen (class of 2017) will end up in jobs/careers that don't yet
Less than 10% 14%
Up to 25% 42%
About 50% 35%
75% or more 9%
Is it more important for students to focus on specific disciplines or broader
Specific disciplines (e.g. finance, marketing) 34%
Broader leadership skills 66%
Did your career track/industry even exist when you entered college/university?
Methodology: The Korn/Ferry Institute regularly conducts surveys to glean
insights on the current workplace and leadership environment. Results are
based on surveys of executives globally registered with the firm's online
Executive Center, www.ekornferry.com. The survey was conducted with more than
600 executives in August and September of 2013.
About the Korn/Ferry Institute: The Korn/Ferry Institute serves as a premier
global voice on a range of talent-management and leadership issues. The
Institute commissions, originates and publishes groundbreaking research using
Korn/Ferry's unparalleled expertise in executive recruitment and talent
development combined with its preeminent behavioral research library. The
Institute is dedicated to improving the state of global human capital for
businesses of all sizes around the world.
About Korn/Ferry International: Korn/Ferry International is a premier global
provider of talent management solutions, with a presence throughout the
Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The firm delivers
solutions and resources that help clients cultivate greatness through the
design, building and attraction of their talent. Visit www.kornferry.com for
more information on Korn/Ferry International, and www.kornferryinstitute.com
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SOURCE Korn/Ferry International
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