【職場秘笈】研究：近5成受訪畢業生覺得自己未合資格申請初階職位 Survey suggests nearly half of the graduates did not apply for entry-level positions because they felt unqualified
根據全球教育科技公司Cengage Group的調查顯示，1,000名受訪的18至54歲美國畢業生中，只有41％受訪大學畢業生相信大學學位代表他們具備或將擁有僱主所需的技能，但同時他們因未準備好投入職場而感到焦慮不安。近一半（49%）的畢業生表示，他們沒有申請初階職位，因為他們覺得自己仍未合資格。LinkedIn亞太區編輯Pooja Chhabria指出，年輕人初入職場時，最常面對的挑戰就是缺乏經驗。
According to a survey conducted by global education technology company Cengage Group, only 41% believe a college degree signals that they have or will have the skills needed by their employers, and they felt anxious about "workplace readiness". Nearly half (49%) of the graduates said they did not apply for entry-level positions because they felt unqualified. Pooja Chhabria, head of editorial for Asia-Pacific at LinkedIn, pointed out that the most common challenge for young people entering the workplace is a lack of experience.
However, lacking experience is not a big deal. With "soft skills", you can still stand out in the workplace! Chhabria suggests that young people should cultivate their "soft skills" because these skills are very important in all industries. She added that many industries are undergoing rapid transformation and disruption. Many companies have shifted from experience-based recruitment to skill-based recruitment to hire talent that meets their needs.
Chhabria pointed out that hard skills can attract recruiters‘ attention, but soft skills can help you land the job. "Hard skills" refer to the "technical" skills required for a job, such as knowledge of the sales process and how to use CRM platforms for a salesperson. "Soft skills" include presentation and communication skills, which can help salespeople deliver a great sales pitch to customers and communicate with their team.
LinkedIn recommends that young employees focus on developing the following five soft skills:
- Communication skills: The ability to convey your ideas, perspectives, and opinions concisely and effectively, so that people can understand the content you share.
- Time management: As remote work becomes more common, time management becomes more important for building trust between employers and employees, and for demonstrating an employee's added value.
- Critical thinking: The ability to understand and deal with situations based on available facts and information.
- Problem-solving: The ability to propose solutions and find new ways to solve problems.
- Interpersonal skills: The ability to build relationships and collaborate with teams from all over the world in the post-pandemic workplace.
Chhabria pointed out that young people who want to develop these skills can try to step out of their comfort zone.Taking on new jobs can increase their problem-solving abilities, and learn to manage stress, accept criticism, and handle conflicts.
Whether you are a young person preparing to enter the workplace or a professional working hard in the workplace, these five soft skills will be the key to your success in the workplace.