Although screening by GPA mostly, employers are looking for these top competencies needed on the job. Mostly the ‘soft’ skills (my red highlight – the ‘hard’skills). Engineering educators – please review curricula, learning activities & assessment methods!
|Attribute||Percentage of Respondents|
|Ability to work in a team||78.0%|
|Communication skills (written)||75.0%|
|Strong work ethic||72.0%|
|Communication skills (verbal)||70.5%|
|Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)||58.3%|
|Strategic planning skills||37.9%|
|Fluency in a foreign language||4.5%|
Source: Job Outlook 2017, National Association of Colleges and Employers
Read the NACE article here.