Liberal Arts Core

Skills Employees Are Looking For

While you may think that choosing the “right” major is key to getting a good job, your long-term professional success will depend far more on acquiring the right skills for a rapidly changing workplace.

The ability to work well in teams—especially with people different from yourselfAn understanding of science and technology and how these subjects are used in real-world settings

The ability to write and speak well

The ability to think clearly about complex problems

The ability to analyze a problem to develop workable solutions

An understanding of global context in which work is now done

The ability to be creative and innovative in solving problems

The ability to apply knowledge and skills in new settings

The ability to understand numbers and statistics

A strong sense of ethics and integrity 

Source: "How Should Colleges Prepare Students to Succeed in Today's Global Economy?" (Results of a national poll by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, 2007).