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​Students have a short window of time in which to prepare for the workforce, and they can become confused and overwhelmed by often-conflicting career guidance from employers and educators, according to a new report, The Great Disconnect.

One in three people—32 percent of 9,636 participants—said they were "very unclear" on what they needed to do to set themselves up for career success, the report found. Nearly two-thirds of the respondents were college students (63 percent). Others included employed graduates and unemployed graduates. Among the unemployed respondents, 3 percent were high school students. The global survey was across 140 countries.

Students often turn to career centers, online searches, their personal and professional networks, and social media for career guidance. But many are unsure if what they are doing is putting them on the right path, the study found.

Below is advice from the findings, which are based on the survey and additional interviews with students, professors and global employers from the U.S. and U.K. The report is from Forage, an online platform that offers preskilling job simulations.

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