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Karen Jackson Writes About Upskilling for HR.com

With workplaces settling into a routine workplace model coming out of the height of the pandemic (full in-person, hybrid, fully remote, etc.), there has been an uptick in interest in post-graduate education across all programs. This is largely due to the desire of workers to sharpen the soft skills that were eroded or never developed during the pandemic. 

In an article for HR.com, Karen Jackson, executive director of recruitment for Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, explores this trend, as employers “are seeking professionals who can enhance productivity by interacting harmoniously and positively with staff, partners, and customers.”

Jackson gives three skills every professional should be working on, based on overall trends in the business world:

  1. Problem-solving: “It doesn’t matter what level you’re at in your career, problem-solving efficiently and harmoniously is paramount.”
  2. Data decision-making: “Understanding data and how to apply it will increase personal prosperity as well as company growth.”
  3. Tie the balance sheet to the overall strategy: “This sounds like a no-brainer, but too many employees focus on technical or operations at the expense of company finance literacy and strategy.”

Read the full article on HR.com


Article Highlights:

  • Employers are seeking soft skills in the workplace
  • Employees are using MBA programs to sharpen soft skills