Report: Graduates need mix of human, tech and business skills

The skills needed in the workplace are increasingly oriented around expertise many workers lack, explains a new report from Burning Glass and the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF).Skills in three areas — human, business and digital — are needed across the job market, though less than one-fifth of job seekers and employees claim all three on their resumes, according to the report, which encourages colleges and employers to develop them in their students and workers.To isolate these areas, Burning Glass and BHEF, which includes higher ed and business leaders, analyzed more than 150 million U.S. job postings since 2007 as well as 56 million resumes. These competencies are not limited to technology professions, the report notes, explaining that "most actually fall outside of the digital economy." Workers who combine skills can increase their value to companies and earn higher salaries and have a greater likelihood of advancement, it notes. The three areas of focus were whittled down from 17,000 skills identified in the modern workplace. Human skills include creativity, communication and critical thinking. Business skills include communicating data, project management and understanding business processes. And digital skills include analyzing and managing data and computer programming.

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