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Top 5 in-demand skills employers look for

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Studying an online course with Swinburne Online is an excellent way to expand your knowledge in a specific area and provide you with the qualifications you need to feel confident when entering a new job. However, did you know that employers often look for a specific set of skills?

You may be surprised to know that you will learn some of these skills automatically as you study, while others you may have learnt already. We will explain what in-demand skills employers look for, and how online study helps you to develop and grow them.


Employers often look for individuals who seek to push the boundaries of their chosen field through creative thinking. Being a creative thinker involves the ability to consider alternative methods of solving problems or achieving objectives.

As you study, you will naturally develop your creative thinking skills through the assignment tasks you complete; allowing you to look at tasks presented from a different perspective and achieve solutions through your own methods.


Being persuasive is a valued skill in any workplace and can be utilised in a number of ways depending on which role you are in. For example, in a sales or marketing role, you have to be persuasive to convince customers to buy your product, or perhaps you need to convince your manager on the merits of a new idea you have.

Throughout your studies, you will likely have participated in group assignments where you had to present your ideas to your fellow team members. Being able to persuade them to accept your input will not only help you to improve this skill, but also help to ease the decision-making process of your team.


Collaborating with co-workers is a key element in any industry and being able to work well with others is a trait that is sought after by all employers. Even if you are more comfortable working on your own, there will be instances where you will have to collaborate on a team project. So being able to adapt your work style to accommodate this is an invaluable skill to learn.

Your group assignments play a part in assisting you to develop this skill, as you will most likely be working with people who have range of opinions, and who bring their own strengths and weakness.


Industries are always in a state of development and change as systems are continually being improved and processes become more streamlined or automated. Due to this constant fluctuation, employers value those who have the ability to adapt to change and thrive among the changes.

As an online student, being able to adapt to your study load is an important skill to master. Balancing work and day-to-day life means you have to be able to adapt your study routines to ensure you are getting the most out of your study time.

Time management

Effective time management is a valuable skill in all areas of life, whether in your career or your studies. Prospective employers want to know that their employees are able to manage their tasks in a time-efficient manner and are able to prioritise deadlines, even during busy periods.

Online studying requires a high level of time management as you are in charge of your own schedule. It is a skill that (if not mastered) can be the difference between a pass and a fail. By creating these time-management strategies, you will be able to show employers you are able to prioritise your tasks and achieve your goals before their deadlines.

Apply now to start studying in July 2020. Improve your employability today and see which of our wide range of online courses is right for you.