In a survey of employers about the skills they value most highly in recent college graduates, the most commonly desired abilities matched Cornell College's Mission, Values, and Educational Priorities.
Source: “Are They Really Ready to Work?” The Conference Board (2006)
Percentages indicate the number of surveyed employers who ranked these skills as "very important."
Writing in English 89.7%
English Language 88.0%
Reading Comprehension 87.0%
Foreign Languages 21.0%
Oral Communications 95.4%
Professionalism/Work Ethic 93.1%
Written Communications 93.1%
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving 92.1%
Ethics/Social Responsibility 85.6%