What Employers Want And
Expect From College
What Students Want From
93 percent of employers said that a demonstrated capacity to:
- Think critically
- Communicate clearly and Solve complex problems
- Is more important than any other attributes the student can offer.
What Employers Are Saying
- “ Competition is increasing…., to secure a job.. Need to be a good all rounder, .. Good results, get work experience…”
- “Attending training sessions provided by careers services… will help develop skills in areas not addressed academically…”
- “the more work experience gained, the more real estate that a candidate has when it comes to applying for graduate roles”
- “learn a language..” “attention to detail” “Improve your IT skills.
- “Positive attitude is everything for a company and the right fit will be a person with the right attitude….”
- “learn how to sell yourself when making an application….”
What do Students Expect From Employers :
- More than two-thirds of students plan to enter the work force immediately upon graduation.
- When choosing among potential employers, the most important factors students say they consider are the opportunity for personal growth, job security, and a good benefits package.
Skills Employers Want :
- Ability to work in team structure>
- Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work.
- Ability to verbally communication with persons inside and outside the organization.
- Ability to obtain and process information.
- Ability to analyze quantitave data.
- Technical knowledge related to the job.
- Proficiency with computer software programs.
- Ability to create and/or edit written reports.
- Ability to sell or influence others.
First Year On The Job-12 Steps To Success :
- Adopt the right attitudes -be positive-work is different than college- earn respect.
- Adjust your expectations-expect to be surprised.
- Master breaking -in skills -OK to be new.
- Manage the impressions you make -be professional- first impressions are so important.
- Build effective relationships -find ways to “fit in.” Don’t try to change the culture.
- Become a good follower -learn the norms- watch others.
- Understand your organization’s culture -pay attention to the way things are done- figure out what is expected of you.
- Develop organizational savvy - rites of passage.
- Understand your new-hire role -don’t be frustrated.
- Listen to your supervisor - make her/him look good.
- Master the tasks of your job -be a good listener.
- Acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities you need -learn from others.
Dr. Hussam Al-Kayali .. Assistant Professor
Head of Business Administration and Accounting Department