Yet for younger skilled workers, the competition is already prompting changes in the workplace and driving a more aggressive approach to recruiting and retention. Professional services firm Deloitte & Touche recently launched initiatives targeting would-be and young workers. "Historically, the people who were interested in us were the people who were interested in accounting and who showed up," says W. Stanton Smith, national director for Next Generation Initiatives at Deloitte. That's all changed. Deloitte now looks for a new kind of employee. While those with quantitative skills are still in demand, company recruiters target individuals who also are tech-savvy, communicate well, and think creatively. "That's a particularly crowded space because those are the skills most companies want," says Smith."Tech-savvy, communicate well, and think creatively." They still need to have a solid foundation (quantitative skills), but what's going to set them apart are these new, 21st century skills. Sounds an awful lot like what we have been discussing in our project. Businesses are looking for a "new kind of employee." Do you think we are preparing our students to be that employee?
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
A New Kind of Employee
From the March 20, 2006 issue of U.S. News & World Report: