Group projects: many college courses require them. Group projects: many college students dread them. Yet, according to a recent study conducted by The National Association of Colleges and Employers, the ability to work in a team structure ranked as the #1 skill employers say they seek in new hires.
The complete list includes:
1. Ability to work in a team structure
2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems (tie)
3. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
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 and influence others
As the article emphasized, this list applies to all disciplines. No matter what field students plan to enter, companies want employees who demonstrate these skills. For students at SIUE, the Department of Applied Communication Studies offers a variety of classes to strengthen these very skills. From an initial interpersonal communication class to a real-world senior capstone project, the coursework is geared toward preparing students to succeed in their chosen careers. Theories, research methods, persuasion, social media, public relations writing and technology, group, organizational, health, intercultural and interracial communication classes – these are just a few of the classes that are offered, which can help students master these sought-after skills.
Check out the Department of Applied Communication Studies website to learn more about the public relations, interpersonal or corporate & organizational undergraduate programs or the graduate programs offered through the Department and learn how to master the trick of clearly communicating your skills.
In the meantime, pull up a chair and let’s talk.