21st Century Skills

Communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity; the backbone of the 21st Century Skill Set. Employers are increasingly in search of candidates with technical expertise paired with interpersonal skills. The technical tools can often be acquired on the job, but the “soft skills” are more challenging to get right.  Recent data in the Financial Times 2018 Skills Gap Study reflects that soft skills, were rated as “most important” by 64 percent of respondents.

Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Lou Solomon reports that 69% of managers are uncomfortable communicating with their employees.

Throughout your business school experience, you’ll have the opportunity to build these skills as you work on group projects and interact with mentors. The collegiate experience also assist in honing additional skills:

Problem solving


Analytic thinking



Ethics, action, and accountability

Reach out to the College of Management, Graduate Programs team to take the first step in building your 21st Century Skill Set.