In The Future, These 40 Skills Will Matter More Than a College Degree

By Shannon

For years, people were taught that the main thing you needed to succeed in life was to go to college and get a degree. Now, sadly, we have a country full of young people who are overeducated and underpaid. With so few high-salary jobs to go around, it takes so much more than a college degree to get hired. Nowadays, employers are looking to hire people with certain skills. They could care less about where you went to school or your grade point average. 

Here at Self-Made, we’ve combed the Internet for interviews with top business leaders to see what they had to say about the types of skills they look for in their future employees. First, we’ll talk about “soft skills,” which have to do with your personality. These are attributes that will apply to any job. Later in the list, we’ll also get into some of the most in-demand “hard skills,” or specific knowledge that most employers were looking for in 2019. For each of these skills, we will also give examples of what not to do and attributes that are the polar opposite of what employers are looking for.

Time management is one of the most important job skills today. Credit: Shutterstock

40. Time Management

One of the top skills that business leaders are looking for is time management. Employers want to hire someone who can show up to work early or at least on time. They should be able to get their work done in a reasonable amount of time. This may go hand-in-hand with organization. If you make a schedule and get everything done in the most efficient way possible, any boss in the world would like to hire you.

Can you get your work done in a reasonable amount of time? Credit: Shutterstock

Bad time management would be showing up late, even if it’s just five minutes every day. Some may also take too long on their lunch break. These people get distracted by their cell phones or talking to co-workers around the water cooler. They often drag their feet on every assignment, sometimes on purpose. A job that should have taken one day gets dragged out for an entire week. This costs a company more money than necessary. If they can find someone willing to work more efficiently within the given amount of time, the job will almost always go to that person.