Montana State University

College of Engineering

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173820
Bozeman, MT 59717-3820

Tel: (406) 994-2272
Fax: (406) 994-6665
E-mail: engrinfo@coe.montana.edu
Location: 212 Roberts Hall

Dean and Director:

Brett Gunnink

Skills that employers want

[*NOTE: See References for the source of this page's content.]

Adaptability — This means that you

  • are curious
  • think creatively
  • solve problems effectively and quickly
  • work well with people who are different from you

Competence in Reading and Writing

  • Reading skills — You are able to
    • extract the important ideas from written words as well as graphs and tables
    • apply information to solve problems and answer questions
  • Writing skills — You are able to
    • communicate ideas — in writing — clearly, concisely, accurately, and logically
    • write introductory summaries and wrap-up statements
    • document and illustrate ideas, including creating tables and graphs

Computational Skills — You are able to

  • identify problems in data
  • reason numerically
  • apply/use data to solve problems (knowledge of statistics is very useful here)

Communication Skills — You are able to

  • communicate — orally — ideas clearly, concisely, and persuasively
  • use “active” (versus passive) listening skills
  • ascertain that you and another have a common understanding of the message
  • pursue your curiosity to probe for critical information
  • be sensitive enough to hear and relate to the emotions behind another’s words

Computer Skills — You are able to use

  • a major word-processing program
  • a spreadsheet program
  • a database management program
  • the internet and world wide web
  • e-mail

Group Interactional Skills — You are able to

  • solve problems in a group
  • think creatively in a group
  • judge and engage in appropriate behavior
  • cope with undesirable behavior in others
  • absorb/deal with stress
  • deal with ambiguity
  • inspire confidence in others
  • share responsibility
  • interact effectively with others
  • negotiate from a "win-win" perspective

Interpersonal Influence skills — You are able to

  • achieve personal goals, as well as influence others and the larger organization
  • understand how organization is structured, how it works, and why it works the way it does
  • ascertain how, why, when, and by whom decisions are really made

Knowing how to learn — You are able to

  • understand how you absorb and retain information
  • learn when you are most alert and use this time to learn
  • stay aware of external events and reflect on how those events affect you

Self-management skills — You

  • believe in your self-worth
  • take sole responsibility for setting your goals
  • motivate yourself to accomplish your goals

References

This page's content is adapted from the following sources:

Lloyd, M.A. (1997, August 28). Making the most of your undergraduate years. Available: http://www.psywww.com/careers/most.htm

Lloyd, M.A., and Kennedy, J.H. (1997, August 28). Skills employers seek. [Online] Available: http://www.psywww.com/careers/skills.htm