What are the top ten skills that employers want?
Based on a number of surveys on the skills required by graduates undertaken by Microsoft, Target Jobs, the BBC, Prospects, NACE and AGR and other organisations, here is our summary of the skills which were most often deemed important.
Able to express your ideas clearly and confidently in speech TEAMWORK
Work confidently within a group
Understand the commercial realities affecting the organisation.
ANALYSING & INVESTIGATING
Gather information systematically to establish facts & principles. Problem solving.
Able to act on initiative, identify opportunities & proactive in putting forward ideas & solutions DRIVE
Determination to get things done. Make things happen & constantly looking for better ways of doing things. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
Able to express yourself clearly in writing
PLANNING & ORGANISING
Able to plan activities & carry them through effectively
Adapt successfully to changing situations & environments
Manage time effectively, prioritising tasks and able to work to deadlines. Other skills that were also seen as important
Able to speak and understand other languages. Appreciation of other cultures. See Study and work placements outside the UK
NEGOTIATING & PERSUADING
Able to influence and convince others, to discuss and reach agreement. LEADERSHIP
Able to motivate and direct others
Multiply & divide accurately, calculate percentages, use statistics & a calculator, interpret graphs & tables.
Word-processing, using databases, spreadsheets, the Internet & email, designing web pages etc. SELF AWARENESS
Awareness of achievements, abilities, values & weaknesses & what you want out of life. PERSONAL...
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