Phil Gardner

Phil Gardner
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College labor markets, workplace skills and hiring trends

Director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute


An economist, Gardner is an expert in college labor markets, early career socialization of college graduates, skills/competency and the workplace, role of internships, co-ops, study abroad in hiring and career success and preparedness of young adults for work in a rapidly globalizing economy. Has led the research efforts at CERI for 23 years. The Institute is internationally recognized for research on the transition from college to work. He also teaches a course commonly referred to as "What Do I Do with the Rest of My Life" for sophomores and juniors, and has led several freshmen study abroad groups.