Graduate Skills

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.

the skill gap

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). 

Sector

Trend

Skill gap

IT hardware

+1%

5,82

IT and software engineering

+22%

5,67

FMCG (Fast-moving consumer goods)

+5%

5,64

Engineering, design and manufacture

0%

5,52

Electro-technics and electronics

-5%

5,38

Construction and civil engineering

+17%

5,36

Aerospace and defense

-9%

5,31

Banking and insurance

-3%

5,30

Energy and environment

-15%

5,27

Accounting and finance

-2%

5,21

Retail

+4%

5,18

Food and beverage

-15%

5,16

Automotive

+2%

5,16

Hospitality, leisure and tourism

0%

5,11

Logistics, transport and supply chain

-11%

5,08

Telecom and networks

+6%

5,05

Luxury goods

+11%

4,93

Pharmaceuticals and chemical

-12%

4,92

Education and training

0%

4,83

Consulting

+16%

4,78

Media and communications

-2%

4,57

Struggle to find the right graduates

All in all, the mix of leadership and specialism drives decision making in a transforming environment.

Short term employability

Teaching “soft skills” help future students to enter and adapt to fast-changing job markets, at the beginning of their careers.

Long term employability

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.

Relevance of studying abroad

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.