Top 5 Qualities Employers Seek in Fresh Graduates


The landscape of graduate recruitment has changed. We’re surpassing the era where employers would hire candidates based solely on experience, skills or grades and transpiring into a period where many of the softer human qualities are desired in fresh talent. This portends a more equitable recruitment sphere and breeds a new millennial that is not only intellectually capable of the business world but also emotionally ready.

In a recent survey conducted by the NUS Careers Centre, that polled the results of 118 different companies, Communication, Passion, Analytical Thinking, Interpersonal Skills and a Desire to Learn were ranked foremost as the top five qualities essential for new graduates. The study was conducted in light of the Graduate Global Talent Development Programme (GGTP) – a new initiative by NUS to cultivate global-minded graduates. In (brackets) is the percentage of employers that ranked it in their top 5.

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