STOCKHOLM, October 12th 2017 – Today Universum Global and its partners, Abdullah Gül University, Novancia Business School, Sabanci University and Türk Kültür Vakfı, released the findings from their recent collaboration focused on identifying the top soft skills European employers demand from graduates and how universities should approach training and career services.
At present, university students are provided with formal training and other practical competencies, but there are other abilities that future talent should be equipped with to ensure their skill-sets span beyond the theoretical. Universum’s latest eBook highlights the top soft skills employers are hoping to balance alongside the academic understandings, making traits like leadership, collaboration and teamwork crucial for hires to practice and procure.
“At the beginning of this year there were over 6 million unemployed Gen Y-ers with a university degree in Europe, meanwhile, 40% of employers in the region reported a talent shortage in 2016, up from 38% in 2015” said Universum Senior Consultant, Vasco Castro. He continued “this research gives graduates insights on which soft skills are the most important for employers when hiring talent. By recognizing the importance of these soft elements, students and universities can shape their studies and extra-curricular activities in order to build applications that fit employers’ needs”.
To build a broad view of the current state of graduates’ soft skills more than 1,290 recruitment managers from 16 countries took part in the survey. Our findings show that the top skills recruiters look for in graduates are reliability and responsibility. Other top soft skills cited by the recruiters in the survey include communication, positive attitude, teamwork, problem solving, adaptability and work ethic.
Another crucial finding from this project is how geographical proximity to universities plays a crucial role in an organizations willingness to hire new talent. Castro explained “Firms globally find it challenging to recruit the right talent when there is a massive amount of unemployed graduates available. Employers who are located near universities, tend to hire more graduates, proving that exposure is key. Employers that already recruit graduates see the benefits and therefore continue to target them. By exposing more employers to graduates, we will manage to reduce CEO concerns when it comes to finding the right talent and massively increase the Gen Y employability figures”.