Value of the MPC

Jeff Haney, a Master of Professional Communication graduate describes how this program increased his confidence level and how it helped him learn the skills he needed to improve his job performance.

Numerous employer studies show that professional communication skills are highly sought after in the workplace. In fact, many recent studies rank communication as the No. 1 skill employers are looking for. Other communication-related skills are high on the lists.

Outcomes that employers say universities should stress

Learning outcomes               %
Communicate orally and in writing       89
Critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills    81
Ability to apply knowledge and skills to real-world settings     79
Ability to analyze and solve complex problems    75
Ability to connect choices and actions to ethical decisions    75
Teamwork skills, ability to collaborate in diverse settings      71
Ability to innovate and be creative      70
Concepts and new developments in science and technology      70
Ability to locate, organize and evaluate information      68
Ability to understand the global context of situations     67
Global issues and their implications for the future    65
Ability to work with numbers and understand statistics    63
Source: Hart Research Associates, 2010

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Top skills/qualities employers seek in job candidates


Communication skills    4.6
Teamwork skills     4.5
Strong work ethic    4.5
Initiative    4.4
Interpersonal skills    4.3
Analytical skills  4.3
Computer skills    4.3
Flexibility/adaptability  4.3
Problem-solving skills   4.3
(5-point scale: 1 = Not important; 2 = Not very important; 3 = Somewhat important; 4 = Very important; 5 = Extremely important)Source: 2009, National Association of Colleges and Employers

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