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Suggested Courses to Develop Skills Employers Seek

If you are trying to strengthen particular skills, certain courses may be helpful. These lists were based on discussions in our department about which courses offered on our campus were best for cultivating various skills.

Knowing how to learn

Competence in reading, writing, and computational skills

Communication skills

Self-management skills


Group interactional skills

Influence skills

Another approach is to match courses to areas of employment. In the following cases, groups of courses provide skills relevant to various types of careers.


Human Services

The deeper point is this: College courses prepare you for employment not just by "teaching a subject" but by developing skills which might be applied in many different careers. This skills orientation can help students make good selections of courses to take.

APA-style reference for this page:

Lloyd, M. A., Kennedy, J. H., & Dewey, R.A. (2016, November 21). Suggested courses to develop skills that prospective employers want. Retrieved from: .

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