The Ten Skills Employers Most Want

The National Association of Colleges and Employers recently identified the ten key skills which employers are looking for in graduates.

Whichever career path you choose, our courses will help you to develop these skills and become more attractive to employers.

1) Ability to work in a team structure

Some people love working in a team as they can gain inspiration from other members. Others find it difficult, often resenting that one member is contributing less than another but, as Aristotle said, in an effective team, “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” Our course helps you to work effectively as a team member through group work in presentations and projects.


2) Ability to make decisions and solve problems

Our courses will help you to define problems, use different processes and techniques to identify solutions, reach a confident and reasoned decision on the most effective way forward and how to implement your chosen option effectively and efficiently.


3) Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization

Our Communication Skills module helps you to develop your ability to communicate verbally in a wide range of contexts such as interviews, meetings, making presentations and talking on the telephone. It highlights some of the pitfalls of verbal communication and the importance of body language. At some stage in your career you will need to communicate with people from very different backgrounds, and this module will help you to appreciate the necessity to understand cultural differences and take them into account when communicating.


4) Ability to plan, organise and prioritize work

There’s only 24 hours in a day and employers need to be confident that you can cope with the pressure of handling many different tasks at the same time. We’ll help you to organise your workload, develop planning strategies and prioritise.

In the Business Studies module, students create a business plan for a new organisation putting these organising skills into practice.

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5) Ability to obtain and process information

Our Study Skills module will develop your ability to use sources of information effectively and evaluate and apply this information to a particular task. These skills are put into practice in the depth modules helping students to apply different theories in practical situations.


6) Ability to analyse quantitative data

Our Statistics for Business and Quantitative Research Methods modules introduce a range of techniques for understanding and analysing data. There is a strong emphasis on how these techniques can be used and applied to different contexts.


7) Technical knowledge related to the job

The practical nature of our courses help you to not only develop specialist knowledge but to apply it to the practical world of work.


8) Proficiency with computer software programs

Whatever career path you choose, mastery of a range of software programmes will be essential. Our modules help you to develop skills with spreadsheets, creating documents in different formats and presentational software.


9) Ability to create and/or edit written reports

Skills in writing effective reports are covered both in our Communication Skills and Business English modules.


10) Ability to sell and influence others

It’s not just salespeople who need to sell and influence others. Whether in a job interview, business meetings, group projects or pitching for research funding, we all need to be able persuade and influence convincingly. These skills are not only developed in the marketing section of our Business Studies module but are a recurring theme in different parts of our courses.