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Are you employable?

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What employers want most:

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

"Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness." - NACE

Teamwork/Collaboration

"Build relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints." - NACE

Professionalism/Work Ethic

"Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image." -NACE

Digital Technology

"Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies." - NACE

Oral/Written Communication

"Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization." - NACE

Leadership

"Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. Use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work." - NACE

Career Management

"Identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth." - NACE

Global/Multicultural Fluency

"The individual demonstrates, openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences." - NACE

8 skills for employment success

References

References


Doyle, A. (2020, January 20). Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills: What's the Difference? The Balance Careers. https://www.thebalancecareers.com/hard-skills-vs-soft-skills-2063780.


National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Career Readiness Defined. NACE.

https://www.naceweb.org/career-readiness/competencies/career-readiness-defined/.


National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). (2019, March 29). The Four Career Competencies Employers Value Most. NACE.

https://www.naceweb.org/career-readiness/competencies/the-four-career-competencies-employers-value-most/.



This can be acquired by practicing coming up with solutions on your

own and using the resources
available to you to solve
problems. You can also
practice active listening
and asking good questions.

Practice teamwork by collaborating on projects with others. Try resolving conflicts on your own and managing

your relationships with others. Don't forget to practice delegating tasks and sharing roles.

Dressing appropriately for work, showing up on time, and completing tasks within the deadline are all

ways to practice this. This also
includes accepting feedback,
managing your workload,
and being aware of how your
actions reflect you and your work.

Practice public speaking, networking

and sharing your ideas with others to expand your oral communication.

Written communication can be practiced by writing and editing emails, memos, and marketing materials. Don't forget to proof-read!

This skill is more than just having a knoweldge about different software. This is about deciding what software will be most useful to complete tasks, and being able

to adapt to and learn
new technology quickly.

Leadership skills can be practiced by demonstrating empathy for others and understanding how to delegate

tasks based on others' strengths. Try coaching or mentoring and helping others consider the importance of goals.

This is all about being able to articulate your skills and experience to others. Practice networking and

giving an elevator pitch.
Also try taking ownership of
your growth and learning at
work by seeking challenges.

This skill is about valuing and respecting the culture and experiences of others. Practice inclusive language

and controling your biases. Consider how your actions

might impact others and
be open to learning more.

How employers rate graduates:

How employers rate graduates:

3.64/5

Do you think you're proficient in critical thinking/problem solving?


Be careful! Often graduates rate themselves more proficient in skills than their employers might consider them to be!


Percentage of employers who consider recent graduates proficient in 2018
55.8%
Percentage of graduates who consider themselves proficient in 2018
79.9%

3.83/5

Do you think you're proficient in teamwork/collaboration?


Be careful! Often graduates rate themselves more proficient in skills than their employers might consider them to be!


Percentage of employers who consider recent graduates proficient in 2018
77.0%
Percentage of graduates who consider themselves proficient in 2018
85.1%

3.47/5

Do you think you're proficient in professionalism/work ethic?


Be careful! Often graduates rate themselves more proficient in skills than their employers might consider them to be!


Percentage of employers who consider recent graduates proficient in 2018
42.5%
Percentage of graduates who consider themselves proficient in 2018
89.4%

This is the highest rated skill of all 8.

3.49/5

Do you think you're proficient in oral/written communication?


Be careful! Often graduates rate themselves more proficient in skills than their employers might consider them to be!


Percentage of employers who consider recent graduates proficient in 2018
41.6%
Percentage of graduates who consider themselves proficient in 2018
79.4%

3.76/5

Do you think you're proficient in digital technology?


This is the only skill where recent graduates considered themselves less proficient than employers did.


Percentage of employers who consider recent graduates proficient in 2018
65.8%
Percentage of graduates who consider themselves proficient in 2018
59.9%

This is the lowest rated skill of all 8.

3.13/5

Do you think you're proficient in global/cultural fluency?


Be careful! Often graduates rate themselves more proficient in skills than their employers might consider them to be!


Percentage of employers who consider recent graduates proficient in 2018
20.7%
Percentage of graduates who consider themselves proficient in 2018
34.9%

3.05/5

Do you think you're proficient in career management?


Be careful! Often graduates rate themselves more proficient in skills than their employers might consider them to be!


Percentage of employers who consider recent graduates proficient in 2018
17.3%
Percentage of graduates who consider themselves proficient in 2018
40.9%

3.31/5

Do you think you're proficient in leadership?


Be careful! Often graduates rate themselves more proficient in skills than their employers might consider them to be!


Percentage of employers who consider recent graduates proficient in 2018
33.0%
Percentage of graduates who consider themselves proficient in 2018
70.5%

How employers rate graduates:

How employers rate graduates:

How employers rate graduates:

How employers rate graduates:

How employers rate graduates:

How employers rate graduates:

Hard Skills are teachable and easy to measure abilities such as:

  • Ability to operate a 3D printer
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel

Soft Skills are more difficult to measure and are generally traits or habits that are acquired from experience. Some examples include:

  • Dependability
  • Active listing
  • Time management
  • Collaborating with others