Career Planning and Development
Skills Employer Want
Most employers would prefer a student with a 3.0 grade point average who has experience from internships, part-time jobs, volunteer activities, community service and/or extracurricular activities than a student with a 4.0 who was not involved while going to college. Each year the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) publish a top ten list of skills/qualities employers seek. Below is the ranked order list.
The skill that employers report as lacking the most is the ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral form. Employers also report that a majority of new hires lack initiative. Some students have a difficult time grasping the concept of initiative and what it really means. It's important for students to understand that initiative means going above and beyond the call of duty. Employers love when students do more than is expected of them, see a need and meet it, and who not wait to be told every move they need to make. You can play an important role in encouraging your student to be this type of employee.