Graduating Students with the Hard and Soft Skills Necessary to Succeed

Are college degree programs currently providing an appropriate mix of both hard and soft skills?

We often hear employers say they’re looking for graduates with the soft skills necessary to work effectively and collaboratively with others. But they often hire for the hard skills, skillsets that prove the person can effectively hit the ground running and do real work from day one. Skills that traditional higher ed alternatives, like boot camps, are focusing their efforts on.

The takeaway? Higher ed needs to do a better job graduating students with the appropriate mix of hard and soft skills necessary to both provide long-term value to an organization, and be an effective employee right out of the gate.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.