Utah Student Planning Guide Grades 9-12 - page 34

What Utah Employers Want
*
*An overview of information contained in a
report from The Center for Public Policy and
Administration (CPPA) at the University of
Utah) submitted to the K-16 Workforce
Committee. The CPPA convened employer focus
groups in nine service areas across Utah to
provide a representative sample in terms of
both geography and industry from all areas.
“You’ve got to be able to
write.
You’ve got to be able to
communicate.
You’ve got to
be a
team player.
We’ll teach you the technology
if you have a good foundation,
but
you’ve got to bring this
strong foundation.”
Employers were asked,
“What skills do
you consider
critical?”
“Soft Skills”
Customer service
Interpersonal/social
Professional work ethic
Adaptability and flexibility
Team-work
Dependability, reliability
Honesty
Cultural sensitivity
Taking initiative
Critical thinking
Accountability
Positive attitude
Leadership
And More …
Verbal/written communication
Problem solving
Computer science and
technology
Job-specific training
Technical skills
Math and science
Financial literacy
Largest Utah
Employers
Brigham Young
University
U. S. Department of
Defense
University of Utah
U. S. Department of
the Treasury
Intermountain Health
Care, Inc.
KEY THEMES
Employers want workers who have
interpersonal, verbal, and
written communications skills
. They want to see
professionalism
and positive work ethics
demonstrated by their employees.
Technical and computer skills
are important. The ability to
apply
basic math and science
principles give workers an
advantage.
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