A recent nationwide survey conducted by Global Strategy Group shows that business executives think that new college graduates excel in technology but are weak in areas like solving problems and communicating.
When asked what skills they most desired in new college graduates, employers ranked abilities such as problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking and written communication skills at the top of the list. When asked about new grads’ skills in these areas, employers generally felt new grads’ failed to meet expectations.
This is a tremendous opportunity for liberal arts students to shine in the work force. Liberal arts students excel in the skills employers value most. Combining an academic background in the liberal arts with one or more internships where a student can demonstrate the skills employers are looking for, and at the same time deliver tangible results on one or more intern projects is the very best preparation to launch a career in management.