Who better to explain what skills employees need in order to succeed in the workplace than today’s employers and people who are actually in the workforce?
The University of Phoenix recently partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to produce: Life in the 21st Century Workforce: A National Perspective. The study combines the results from surveys of employers and workforce employees. The goal was to determine what skills employees need to succeed in the 21st-century workplace and how that ties into higher education.
The study shows that 8 in 10 employers surveyed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and 72 percent of workers from the University of Phoenix survey say that a college education is necessary if one wants to be successful in the workplace. Why do you ask? Well, at least half of the employers surveyed say that post-secondary education does three main things:
- Prepares individuals for success in the workplace
- Provides individuals with core academic knowledge and intellectual skills
- Provides individuals with the workforce skills and knowledge for success in a specific career
In fact, 53% of the employers who were surveyed say that they are having a tough time finding people with the skills, training, and education that they need. This further emphasizes the importance that these employers place on higher education and training.
At the same time, when it comes to getting hired, workers say that it is more than just having the right technical skills and education related to your field. While these skills are important, there are certain soft skills that are also important. Soft skills are related to behavioral skills.
The study identifies five soft skills that workers say are most important when it comes to getting hired and being successful in the workplace:
- Ability and willingness to learn new skills (84%)
- Critical thinking and problem-solving (82%)
- Collaboration and teamwork (74%)
- Interpersonal communication (72%)
- Ability to analyze and synthesize information (69%)
At Florida Career College, we prepare students for in-demand career training as well as prepare them for the workforce by providing hands-on training from experienced industry instructors. In as little as 10 months, you can be trained with the knowledge and experience in healthcare, business or trade programs. Our admissions team is here to help you start building a future you can be proud of.