8 Core Skills That Employers Want

Employers are looking for Southeastern graduates to be career ready— meaning they know how to use and articulate their talents, strengths, and interests. How do you become “Career Ready”? Southeastern offers many ways to develop your transferable skills. Be able to identify these opportunities to enhance your career readiness and make you a competitive candidate for future employment.   

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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Ability to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems.

  • Research projects

  • Student assistant/part-time job

  • Leadership role in an organization


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Ability to coach and developothers, organize and delegate work, and leverage the strengths of others to achieve goals.

  • Start a student organization

  • Run for office of an organization

  • Attend Lions LEAD Retreat


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Oral & Written Communication

Ability to clearly and effectively articulate thoughts and ideas in written and oral forms, such as emails and presentations.

  • Student organization like Toastmasters

  • Speech/communication courses

  • Research papers


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Professionalism & Work Ethic

Ability to demonstrate effective work habits like punctuality, time management, and work productively with others.

  • Internship or part-time job

  • Attend Career Fair

  • Academically succeed in your courses


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Teamwork & Collaboration

Ability to build relationships with colleagues and customers, and to negotiate and manage conflict in a team structure.

  • Class group projects

  • Membership in student organization

  • Student assistant/part-time job


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Career Management

Ability to identify and articulate your skills, knowledge, and experiences in a way relevant to desired position and career goals.

  • Utilize Career Services resources

  • Keep resume updated

  • Network at Career Fair and beyond


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Use & Adaptability of Technology

Ability to utilize existing technology to efficiently complete tasks and able to adapt to new and emerging technologies.

  • Courses - Moodle, Excel, other software

  • Social media usage

  • Part-time job using a computer system


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Global & Intercultural Fluency

Ability to value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions.

  • Attend and intercultural campus event

  • Study abroad

  • Take a course in workplace diversity