What Employers Want from Graduates

A survey conducted by Peter Hart Research Associates based on interviews with 302 employers revealed the following most important staffing requirements:

89% said effective communication, both orally and in writing.

81% said critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills.

79% said the ability to apply knowledge and skills to real-world settings   through  internships or other hands-on experiences.

75% said analytic skill, complex problem-solving.

75% said the ability to make ethical decisions.

Notice none of the employers said that passing high performance tests, as required by No Child Left Behind is on the list.