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Qualifications Employers Seek

Many employers actively recruit our Duquesne students and graduates for internships and full-time jobs.  They tell us they are impressed with their academic preparation, integrity, and strong work ethic.  While high QPA's and majors are important, they don't tell the whole story of the candidates. Following is a list of qualifications that employers from a variety of industries seek in students they interview.

  • Career-related work experience. Students should have experience in their field of study through part-time positions, volunteering, internships, practicums, and/or study abroad. First-hand experience is the best teacher.
  • Communication skills. Regardless of the career field, communication skills consistently tops the list of skills employers seek.  This includes strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.  Students’ speech and writing should be grammatically correct and they should be able to speak clearly and confidently.  They should be able to organize their ideas and present them persuasively.
  • Basic computer literacy. Computers are used in almost every aspect of business, education and government. It is imperative that students learn as many applications in their field as possible.
  • Strong work ethic. Students must be able to demonstrate good work habits, act conscientiously, produce high quality work, treat colleagues with respect, and demonstrate ethical behavior.
  • Critical thinking skills. Students must be able to identify problems, gather evidence through research, evaluate the alternatives, and then make informed decisions or recommendations.
  • Leadership experiences. A leader delegates responsibilities, helps to set direction and goals for the group or project, and can motivate members of the group to complete their appointed tasks, thereby assuring the completion of the goal. Students can gain leadership skills through extracurricular activities, student organizations, and volunteer experience.
  • Teamwork. Students should be able to initiate ideas within the team, cooperate with co-workers, and recognize and respect other’s strengths and weaknesses while still completing the assigned tasks.
  • Well-rounded education. Students can broaden their horizons by volunteering and becoming involved in student activities. Students should stay abreast of current events and take courses outside their area of study.
  • Flexibility. The ability to interact with people on different levels, to perform new tasks, to cope with challenges, and adapt to new situations, is a must in today’s work environment.