What does this job market want?
What are the skills and experiences students should acquire to make an employer feel they could be a successful change maker? And what type of training would get us there?
Our research study – in which we interviewed both CEOs and HR managers as well as entry-level staff in 50 organizations in the social sector – showed that the attributes employers most value in prospective employees are largely not acquired from a typical university degree. Employers consistently ranked leadership and problem solving initiative as more important than academic and analytical skills.
We bring in professors from all over the world to teach important professional skills , but we don’t do it in the academic way, with a lot of lecturing and writing papers and sitting for exams. Our approach is project-based, working in teams – like how work actually happens in the real world. The content is always built on real world case studies, both local and global examples. We also often have leading professionals from successful organizations visit us – either in person or via video conference – and share their work and life stories with us.
Globalization and technological innovation are bringing about long-term changes in the world economy that are altering the structure of the labor market (…) Lowering this natural rate of unemployment will require structural reforms, such as changing education to ensure that people enter work equipped with the sort of skills firms are willing to fight over.The Economist The Great Mismatch, Special Report , September 2011