There are two types of skill sets that employers seek: interpersonal skills and functional/technical skills.
Interpersonal skills are skills that relate to a person’s relationships. Employers consistently seek students with well-developed interpersonal skills. Some of the top skills that employers report they desire in employees include: communication skills (both verbal and written), teamwork, leadership, initiative, analytical thinking, flexibility, adaptability, and problem solving.
Functional/technical skills are skills that are usually measurable in one way or another. For example, a person could have an advanced skill set in mathematics or science. You will develop these skills through course work in your major. You can explore the required courses for specific degrees by reading the NAU Academic Catalog.
My Skills My Future and What Can I Do With This Major are additional tools that can help you find potential occupations related to previous jobs or classes that you have enjoyed. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) publishes an annual list of the top Transferable skills handout that employers seek in new graduates. Review list below and consider some of the ways in which you can develop these skills while at NAU.