Make Yourself Indispensable: Skills Employers Desperately Need to Succeed in the Knowledge Economy

15 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2015

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Dov Fischer

Brooklyn College, Murray Koppelman School of Business

Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: August 20, 2015

Abstract

Many college graduates find themselves underemployed or even unemployed because they lack necessary skills. Moreover, many firms are finding it difficult to thrive, or even survive, in the knowledge economy because they have not hired the right kind of employees. This paper describes six basic skills students need to acquire in order to become indispensable to any organization in today’s fast-changing business environment.

Keywords: Skills, liberal arts education, college majors, critical thinking, adaptability, communication skills, creative thinking, collaboration, curiosity, life-long learning, and character.

JEL Classification: A22, A23

Suggested Citation

Fischer, Dov and Friedman, Hershey H., Make Yourself Indispensable: Skills Employers Desperately Need to Succeed in the Knowledge Economy (August 20, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2648691 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2648691

Dov Fischer (Contact Author)

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

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