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The iA Advantage

Employers need graduates with strong skills, such as critical thinking and problem-solving. They also demand “hard” technical skills for particular jobs.

Most In-Demand Job Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving (73%)

Collaboration / Teamwork (63%)

Techinical skills associated with the job (54%)

Communication (54%)

Adaptability / managing multiple priorities (48%)

Professionalism (32%)

Planning / Organization (21%)

Reading for Information (10%)

Networking (7%)

Locating Information (7%)

Applied Mathematics (6%)


Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit report “Closing the skills gap: companies and colleges collaborating for change” (2014)

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