As you finish your degree, you might be under the impression that you've adequately prepared yourself for future employment. The truth is, your degree is going to help you get on the career ladder, but it won't be the only asset you need.
Employers acknowledge that students are likely proficient in some of the latest technologies and practices, but they're looking for recent graduates to be able to demonstrate softer skills. However, hiring managers are not so confident recent grads can show these skills.
One in four hiring managers believe it's much harder to find top talent than it was just a year ago
The skills gap and how to bridge it
The majority of employers (77 per cent) say that soft skills are as important as technical or hard skills and 16 per cent say they're more important, according to a CareerBuilder survey.
What's troubling for recent graduates is that these soft skills that employers want from their future employees are perceived to be in short supply. A PwC Digital Pulse infographic titled 'Calling all soft skills'* explains that one in four hiring managers believe it's much harder to find top talent than it was a year ago. The biggest challenge is that candidates lack the relevant soft skills.
In order to get ahead, Australia's future workforce needs to demonstrate the following skills:
This skill is largely about gathering and disseminating information – it's your ability to search for, analyse and apply information appropriately and communicate it with others. Often, clearly expressing these ideas comes in the form of a written report, presentation or even just an email or a LinkedIn post.
Demonstrating digital literacy: Keeping an eye on current events or things happening in your industry, identifying relevant issues or trends and then sharing them with your teammates in a coherent manner is one way to show you are digitally literate.
44 per cent of managers are under the impression that recent college graduates lack writing proficiency.
This is a generation where we've seen it all before – your ability to view things in a new way is therefore crucial. Creativity isn't just about design, it can relate to anything, from how you go about solving problems to how you run a business.
Demonstrating creativity: Look for a process that everyone is doing one way and see if you can do it another to help improve the company's productivity.
Identifying an issue is only one stage in the process of problem solving. There are many techniques and methods you can apply to structure the problem solving process. Rather than taking an instinctive approach, research some of these and test one out on your problem.
Demonstrating problem solving: If there isn't a YouTube tutorial on the problem, apply a methodology to come up with some solutions of your own and then present them to your manager.
Your degree from Monash University is going to get you noticed. Your demonstration of these soft skills is going to get you hired and help you up the ladder. Monash Talent can help you find the opportunities that are right for you. Contact our team today to learn more.
* CareerBuilder (2014). 'Overwhelming Majority of Companies Say Soft Skills Are Just as Important as Hard Skills, According to a New CareerBuilder Survey'.
* PwC (2017). Infographic: Calling all soft skills.