In a recent BusinessWeek article on Recruiting Preferred Skills (print edition, April 13-19, 2015), I was initially surprised and then delighted to see the prominence placed on the “ability to work collaboratively.” It was very cool to see the reality of collaborative capability being emphasised by corporate recruiters.
In the article, this skill:
– ranked third overall for the skills employers value, behind communication skills and analytical thinking.
– was one of the three top skills looked for by various industries, including Technology (#2), Consumer Products (#2), Health care and medical (#3), Manufacturing (#3), and Pharma / biotech (#3).
– interestingly, none of the top 10 schools scored highest on teaching the ability to work collaboratively.
I am greatly encouraged.