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Current Market Trends


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Current Market Trends

Prepare Yourself

Stay ahead of the competition by learning about what employers are looking for and what you can do to set yourself apart. Also, find out what jobs are currently needed, how incentives are changing, and what you can do to prepare for entering and working within the current job market.

How your Liberal Arts degree matches skills employers seek

Below are results from survey research conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in regard to the 2013 Job Outlook

Top Skills and Qualities Employers Seek

  1. Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization
  2. Ability to work in a team structure
  3. Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  4. Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work
  5. Ability to obtain and process information
  6. Ability to analyze quantitative data
  7. Technical knowledge related to the job
  8. Proficiency with computer software programs
  9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports
  10. Ability to sell or influence others

What New Grads Lack

Communication Skills

writing skills
face-to-face skills  
interview skills  
presentation skills  
phone skills  
overall interpersonal skills

Workplace Skills

a good work ethic
analytical and problem-solving skills
business acumen
initiative
specific computer skills
flexibility
professionalism
independence
patience
willingness to work long hours

Experience

Current Demands

See what occupations are fast-growing, and what analysts are saying about your field of interest. Stay appraised by researching and considering your needs. Career Services will help you to develop the professional skills needed to successfully compete in the job market.

NACE Research: Job Outlook 2013

2010 Student Survey

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Tomorrow's Jobs

Learn more by visiting the following sites, and other state agencies:

Green Careers Guide

MN Department of Employment and Economic Development

WI Department of Workforce Development


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