Transforming Students to Employees - Highlights of the Most In-Demand Employability Skills

Concurrent Session 7

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Brief Abstract

In a recent survey from Today's Learner1, 88% of students cited getting a better job as the reason to attend college.  For students, education is seen as both a launching pad for a first job and as a means to reinvent themselves for a career change.  At the same time, 1 in 3 students felt that school is not adequately preparing them for the workforce.

Extended Abstract

In a recent survey from Today's Learner,1, 88% of students cited getting a better job as the reason to attend college.  For students, education is seen as both a launching pad for a first job and as a means to reinvent themselves for a career change.  At the same time, 1 in 3 students felt that school is not adequately preparing them for the workforce.

 

Additionally, roughly 3/4 of employers surveyed2 cited skills like communication, listening, critical thinking and interpersonal skills as in demand, with about half saying it was very or somewhat difficult to find qualified applicants.  The key to career success?  Uniquely human skills.

 

As a learner first, customer-obsessed company, Cengage has spent countless hours interviewing thousands of employers across a variety of sectors to better understand their needs in entry-level employees.  Utilizing this feedback, we have developed a deep understanding of the role education and career resources can play in developing interpersonal and uniquely human skills.  Come to this session to explore our findings and learn how you can approach these skills from an employer's perspective to truly prepare your students for success after the classroom.

 

Attendees of this session will gain a deeper understanding of:

  • The most in-demand employability skills required for long term career success
  • Education trends to help students learn these skills
  • The top things employers look for in the job application process
  • Cengage Career Center resources available to assist their employability goals

1: Are Students Ready for Work?, Today's Learner

2: Robots Need Not Apply: Uniquely Human Skills for the Workforce, Today's Learner