Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What skills do all employers want from young professionals?

I was chatting with a young professional and got to thinking about what we really want in hiring a young professional. Certainly:

  • The ability to meet people and deal with them effectively.
  • The ability to write clearly and quickly.
  • The ability to deal well with numbers.
  • More generally, the ability to communicate complex information well not only one on one but to groups.
  • The ability to network, in the sense of finding people who can help in the work, contacting them, and communicating with them.
  • The ability to use the tools of the trade, including the Internet.
  • The ability to see how what they already know will help with the job at hand and will help in learning more.
I wonder how many of the graduates of our professional training programs have all these skills.

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