Top skills college grads need
You might be surprised to learn that employers are more interested in the soft skills of recent college grads than their majors.
An analysis of more than 382,000 full-time job postings from the last two years for new bachelor’s degree holders in our five-state area revealed that the top sought skill was oral and written communication.
“That’s always number one,” said Sara Johnson, the employer and alumni relations manager at Concordia College who did the analysis. “Looking at our data from job postings, we see demand for communications skills is two times more in demand than any other skill.”
So what are the 10 of the top skills sought?
|# of postings that mentioned skill|
|Oral and written communications||149,631|
Source: TalentNeuron Recruit
Data for May 2014 to May 2016, for full-time, entry-level positions for those with bachelor’s degrees in Minnesota and bordering states
And new grads from our colleges are showing that they have what today’s hiring managers want. For the class of 2014, 84% were employed within one year of graduation and 20% were enrolled in graduate school. (And some are doing both!)
“The liberal arts colleges really have an advantage in helping students develop these high-demand skill sets and preparing them for the workforce,” said Johnson. “There’s always a transition — when you’re a new employee. These soft skills, they’re people skills and they give an advantage to liberal arts students, helping them be productive sooner. That’s a huge value to an employer, they’re a quick learner.”