Key skills employers look for according to our latest report

The annual QS surveys targets actively hiring employers from around the world in order to get a global snapshot of hiring trends and salary levels. The latest edition of the report addresses the question of what it is exactly top employers are looking for – here are the top five.


1. Interpersonal skills
Since QS research began, soft skills have always topped employers’ wish lists. Interpersonal skills are, of course, essential for anyone in a leadership role, in which working with and inspiring others can really make the difference between success and failure – be it with clients, peers or those you’re managing. And let’s not forget, lacking such skills will seriously impede your ability to engage in that all-important networking – no one’s going to share the hottest new opportunity with you if you can’t engage with them.
2. Strategic thinking
Strategic thinking is a cornerstone for graduates – one of the main intended outcomes of the degree has always been to help you move from a functional role to a ‘big picture’ one. Are you able to see the future of an organization, and how it’s going to get there, factoring in the agility to deal with competitors and market forces?  If so, you will find yourself much in demand with top employers.
3. Entrepreneurial skills
Entrepreneurial skills is the ability to spot a gap in the market, judgment enough to know whether it’s worth filling and the creativity and technical understanding, if not ability, to do so can be invaluable to a dynamic organization with designs on growth. And remember, not every example of entrepreneurship needs to change the world.
4. Communication skills
Being able to communicate up, down and across is essential in any management position. Communications skills are an area employers have often found candidates somewhat lacking. Luckily this is also a skill-set which graduates will help you to foster, with working in diverse groups with all its concomitant challenges playing a significant role in graduate learning.
5. Leadership Skills
A good manager will possess leadership skills to facilitate the carrying out of functional roles by his or her subordinates – not an easy undertaking, by any means. However, a good leader will inspire those who work with them and around them, make them feel valued and give the whole undertaking a sense of direction. 

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