Survey Finds Employers Prefer Candidates with Writing, Thinking Skills
Recent survey results published by the American Association of Colleges & Universities
(AAC&U) revealed that employers favor hiring graduates who possess abilities best
provided by a liberal educationcritical thinking, problem solving and communications
skills, all of which are emphasized in UD's Core curriculum. The AAC&U, a national
association that promotes the quality and public standing of liberal education, reported
that 93 percent of the 318 business and non-profit leaders surveyed indicated that
these skills are more important to them than a candidate's undergraduate major. Employers
also favored candidates with ethical judgment and integrity, as well as intercultural
"Employers are not just seeking candidates with static technical skills and a specific
'major'," said Julie Janik, director of career services. "Instead, they are seeking
versatile candidates who can identify and solve problems, candidates who can imagine
and execute innovative strategies and who can work within a team, understanding the
points of views of others."
The report also found that 74 percent of employers would recommend a liberal education
to a young person as a way to prepare for long-term professional success. Approximately
the same percentage also indicated that colleges should place more emphasis on these
"Liberally educated students can reason and communicate, skills which are universally
desired by all employers seeking to increase efficiency and to improve performance,"
The full survey results are available here.