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The top skills career-minded students need in today’s digital workforce

Once seen as merely “nice to have,” critical thinking skills have emerged as a flat-out necessity in today’s knowledge-based economy.

3. Social Skills

Every workplace, regardless of industry, consists of people–people with various strengths, personalities, and emotions, all of which can affect the way the company functions. Demonstrating strong social skills is a big plus for new employees, especially those working in diverse and multi-generational office environments.

Social skills include emotional intelligence, relationship building, persuasion, empathy, and public speaking, among others. Among these, emotional intelligence is regarded as one of the most important social skills to exhibit in the workplace. According to a study from the European Journal of Business and Management, workers with high emotional intelligence are better able to express their emotions in a healthy way and understand the emotions of their co-workers–therefore enhancing their work relationships and performance.

4. Creativity and Innovation Skills

To be successful in the digital world, any business needs to build a staff of innovators. Employers are always on the lookout for creative minds who question what works, develop new ideas, and view the status quo as unacceptable. That’s not to say that they’re looking for revolutionaries–but tomorrow’s graduates will be expected to bring a fresh perspective and an innovative mind-set to the workforce. New hires should remember: the key is being confident enough to share your ideas, regardless of how early on in your career you may be.

Today’s career-minded students have a huge opportunity to determine the future of work. While we don’t know exactly what the workplace of the future will look like, we can be sure that the students who will lead us there are those who think critically and creatively, communicate clearly, and continually question the status quo. With these skills in place, students will be well-equipped for long-term career success.

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