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‘How do I do that?’ The new hires of 2023 are unprepared for work

By Douglas Belkin, Ben Chapman, Ben Kesling

02 Aug 2023 · 7 min read

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  1. The shift to remote learning during the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a lack of basic skills among new graduates entering the workforce.

Roman Devengenzo was consulting for a robotics company in Silicon Valley last fall when he asked a newly minted mechanical engineer to design a small aluminum part that could be fabricated on a lathe—a skill normally mastered in the first or second year of college.

“How do I do that?” asked the young man.

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