Employers often feel workforce readiness deficiencies as talent shortages, particularly when it comes to locating candidates with the necessary skills. Employers have not clearly stated the skills and capabilities they desire, and the Spanish educational system is not producing the quantity and quality of graduates needed.
Understanding what employers need is imperative for making useful recommendations for changes to European education policy and curriculum in order to produce graduates that are well equipped for the workplace . What, then, are the skills, activities and content areas that are most urgently needed in the workplace today?
That said, I am asking myself what are the skills, activities and content areas that are most urgently needed in the workplace today?
We know that hard skills are the technical expertise and knowledge needed for a job. Soft skills are interpersonal qualities, also known as people skills, and personal attributes that one possesses. Business executives consider soft skills a very important attribute in job applicants. Employers want new employees to have strong soft skills, as well as hard skills.
Under my point of view the current new degree people hava a lack of these soft skills such as:
• Negotiating; bargaining; persuading; debating issues without being unpleasant or abrasive to others
• Greeting people; representing others to the public; selling; demonstrating products or services
• Courteous telephone skills
• Reporting; conveying information; explaining issues or procedures
• Listening effectively
• Interviewing; drawing out others’ views; probing for information • Demonstrating skills in the use of language, grammar and punctuation • Expressing ideas in written form; editing; revising; preparing concise and
logically written materials
• Organizing and presenting ideas effectively for both formal and spontaneous
• Participating in group discussions …
• Interacting effectively with peers, superiors, and assistants
• Understanding the feelings of others
• Analyzing behavior of self and others in group situations
• Demonstrating effective social behavior in a variety of settings and under different circumstances
• Maintaining group cooperation and support
• Making and keeping commitments to others.
• Analyzing the interrelationships of events and ideas from several perspectives
• Identifying reasonable standards for assessing the appropriateness of an action
• Identifying the general principles that explain interrelated events
• Applying appropriate criteria to strategies and action plans
• Understanding and making logical arguments
• Motivating others towards the accomplishment of a common goal or vision • Understanding and working to fulfill the needs of each team member
• Knowing, using, and properly allocating a team’s resources
• Effectively planning team activities
• Influencing the actions of team members by setting a good example
• Dealing with team disputes quickly, fairly and effectively
• Assigning duties and responsibilities effectively
• Effective problem solving and conflict resolution • Anticipating problems before they occur
• Defining problems and identifying possible causes
• Identifying possible solutions and selecting the most appropriate ones
• Developing plans to apply new solutions
• Creating inventive solutions to complex problems
• Adapting one’s ideas and behaviors to changing customs and rules
Quickly and accurately identifying the critical issues when making a decision or solving a problem
While there has been much concern about remedying skills deficiencies among new entrants to the workforce, continuous learning and skills training are crucial to sustaining workforce readiness among employees of all experience levels . In addition to addressing skills gaps, training and professional development programs can help workers prepare for emerging skills needs in the workplace as well as to transition skills sets for workers who are embarking on new career paths or stepping up to increased responsibilities.
Training is widely accepted as an employee benefit and a method of improving employee morale, and enhancing employee skills has become a business imperative . Increasingly, managers and leaders realize that the key to business growth and success is through developing the skills and knowledge of its workforce