Fostering Employability Skills for Students

By Cecilia Buchanan | Aug 23, 2022 | Fierce Education

Measuring and building students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and written communication skills will help them succeed not only in their coursework, but also in their future careers. Proficiency in these skills has also proven to be predictive of positive academic and career outcomes, and these are the skills most in-demand by today’s employers.

However, recent research indicates that there is a gap between what employers look for in potential hires and the skills (or lack thereof) students possess post-graduation. This highlights a critical area of higher education that needs attention.

These skills are consistently ranked by employers as most important, even more valuable than content knowledge. However, they are rarely taught, measured, or reported on transcripts.