What Do Employers Want?

Some occupations require specific college degrees or professional certifications, and there’s no getting around that.

You can’t become a physician without going to medical school. But spend an afternoon on the website for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and you’ll see pretty quickly that A LOT of Americans are not working in the fields they studied in college.

What does this mean for you? Mostly, it means that you should think as much about the skills you’ll gain in any college major or workforce training as you do about the content or jobs themselves. You’ll often hear people talk about “hard skills” and “soft skills.” Both are represented below. Remember that you can learn hard skills through training and education, while soft skills tend to be learned through experience and interactions.

“Hard” Skills
• Data analysis
• Sales techniques
• Communication
• Time management
• Computer programming
• Network security
• Database management

“Soft” Skills
• Interpersonal communication
• Flexibility and adaptability
• Problem-solving
• Creativity and critical thinking
• Organization & dependability
• Teamwork
• Growth mindset

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