Enterprise Skills: How do we learn them?

Enterprise skills are widely considered to be vital for the jobs of the future. However, we don’t yet know how these skills are best learned and what role universities have to play, which is why we conducted the fourth RMIT Activator Enterprise Insights survey: Enterprise skills –how do we learn them?
In the survey, we looked at a range of topics including how people rate their own enterprise skills, preferred learning styles, the best learning environments and what employers look for when recruiting.
Enterprise skills are transferable skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and adaptability, all of which have a strong presence in our learning experiences here at Activator.
The survey tested 24 enterprise skills with 1001 university graduates at different stages of their careers. The survey was followed by nine 30-minute interviews with entrepreneurs and business leaders to test the findings against their experiences and gain further insight into the data.
The results were incredibly insightful, and we’ve listed the key findings below:
  • Learning ‘by experience and doing’ is the preferred way to learn enterprise skills.
  • Small organisations and startups make the best learning environments for developing enterprise skills.
  • Communication skills are the most sought-after by employers.
  • Experiential learning is best suited to learning ‘communication skills’.
  • Confidence in collaboration and digital skills is low compared to other skills.
  • The top three skills people would like the chance to learn are: updating a website or developing an app, the ability to work with a virtual team and collaborating across large groups.
  • The top three skills people have had the chance to learn are problem-solving, critical thinking and cultural awareness.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving are the highest ranked skills when participants were asked to rank their own enterprise abilities.
In short – you’re developing skills that will make you more employable, so well done!
Overall the key findings indicated an appetite for learning enterprise skills at university, but not in a formal environment – exactly the environment we aim to create at Activator. The skills need to be acquired practically in a learning environment more akin to that of a small business or a startup.
RMIT Activator will use these insights to guide our education and training programs, boost our students and alumni employability, and help better prepare you to start your own business or thrive in small and large organisations. Make sure to check out the full report – we promise it’s a great read!
Read the full report here.

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