What Employers Want And
Expect From College
What Students Want From

Key Findings

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 :

  1. Adopt the right attitudes -be positive-work is different than college- earn respect.
  2. Adjust your expectations-expect to be surprised.
  3. Master breaking -in skills -OK to be new.
  4. Manage the impressions you make -be professional- first impressions are so important.
  5. Build effective relationships -find ways to “fit in.” Don’t try to change the culture.
  6. Become a good follower -learn the norms- watch others.
  7. Understand your organization’s culture -pay attention to the way things are done- figure out what is expected of you.
  8. Develop organizational savvy - rites of passage.
  9. Understand your new-hire role -don’t be frustrated.
  10. Listen to your supervisor - make her/him look good.
  11. Master the tasks of your job -be a good listener.
  12. Acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities you need -learn from others.


Dr. Hussam Al-Kayali .. Assistant Professor
Head of Business Administration and Accounting Department