Congratulations to the final year students of the Faculty of Economics, graduation is behind you. There are several opportunities of work but do not expect not to face some challenges. Finding the first job is becoming significantly difficult as the job market  is more and more competitive, espectially in economic sector.


 

Generally speaking, besides having a good qualification, graduates need to equip themselves with the skills to pass in the first interview as well as to succeed in the future career.  There are five key skills that employers want you to have, no matter what field you’re pursuing- marketing, banking or accounting.

1. Communication

After the analysis of 250,000 job adverts in economic sector, it shows that 81% of ads required good communication skills in a successful candidate. Now in a complex workplace environment - you need to be able to effectively communicate with your partners, your suppliers, your peers and your managers, be it in a verbal or written manner.

2. Teamwork

You might have heard of the term ‘cultural fit’ because it’s a hot topic in recruitment these days. If a new employee could potentially ‘fit’ in with the current team, there is a better chance of them blossoming, working harder and more efficiently and, in turn, staying at the company longer. Now you can’t change who you are, but by building some confidence, and improving your communication (and listening) skills, you will in turn be seen as a better team player.

3. Problem solving

Problem solving is about being able to find solutions when faced with difficulties or setbacks. Even if you can’t think of a solution straight away, you need to have a logical process for figuring things out.

Examples of ways you can develop or improve your problem solving skills include:

  • doing research assignments as part of your studies
  • dealing with complaints at your workplace of internship
  • doing a study skills course that looks at problem solving
  • talking to other people about how they solved the problems they faced.

4. Self-management

Self-management is about getting on with your work without someone having to check up on you every five minutes. You should also be able to stay on top of your own deadlines and be able to delegate tasks to other people to make sure things get done on time.

Examples of ways that you can develop or improve your self-management skills include:

  • doing a work experience placement or internship
  • asking for new responsibilities at work
  • developing a study schedule and sticking to it
  • joining a volunteer organisation.

5. International awareness and language skills

Graduate applicants are widely seen by employers as being the weakest when it comes to their language skills and international awareness.

In fact, 39 percent of recruiters expressed dissatisfaction with graduates’ international awareness, and 47 percent with their language skills.

As more and more businesses expand their operations across geographical and cultural boundaries, graduate applicants are under growing pressure to develop international experience and learn a new language before they enter the workplace.