This year we observe a shift in what employers perceive as the leading drivers of employability for graduate positions. Whereas pre-Covid, academic excellence and focus on work expertise were seen as the most important factor, this has now shifted to being skills-led, with graduates skills (including digital literacy, soft skills etc.) ranking first.
New jobs arise constantly, while others disappear. When it seems so difficult to anticipate which are the jobs of the future, it is necessary to ask employers directly to anticipate trends and guide the future professionals. We asked employers to tell us in which sector they struggle to fill the jobs, then to indicate which type of profile, or mindset, was necessary to handle and go through the running challenges of organisations submitted to ongoing transformations. Finally they indicated which soft skills help future-proof modern students for fast-changing job markets.
The trends observed by sectors of industry: in the table below you will see in which sector or area employers struggle to find the right profiles and skills to deal with the challenges their company faces. They had to rate this tension on specialized profiles on a scale from 1 (= not at all) to 10 (= very much).
IT and software engineering
FMCG (Fast-moving consumer goods)
Engineering, design and manufacture
Electro-technics and electronics
Construction and civil engineering
Aerospace and defense
Banking and insurance
Energy and environment
Accounting and finance
Food and beverage
Hospitality, leisure and tourism
Logistics, transport and supply chain
Telecom and networks
Pharmaceuticals and chemical
Education and training
Media and communications
All in all, the mix of leadership and specialism drives decision making in a transforming environment.
Teaching “soft skills” help future students to enter and adapt to fast-changing job markets, at the beginning of their careers.
Our data shows that softskills and personal traits are key to thrive on the short and the long term in the digital workplace. Throughout the graduates' career they are considered almost as important as knowhow.
Employers insists that international experience or studies, mean having relocate in a foreign country and effectively lived or worked there.
They consider that it is a good way for graduates to acquire essential soft skills such as confidence, curiosity, problem-solving or critical thinking.