Other qualities that scored high on the list was travel, experiences of other culture and those with a keen interest in charity or community work.
Only one in 10 managers believed that young people enter the workforce fully prepared with the skills required to be an efficient employee, however, more than half said young people do tend to be eager to learn and develop their skills.
Why this is important
This simply proves that education system must put more focus on soft-skills and personal development, rather than solely prioritising technical skills.
Rosi Prescott, chief executive of Central YMCA, said: “It can be argued that the findings of the survey have proven that it’s your CV that gets you the interview but it’s your personality, and life experience, that gets you the job. It’s interesting to see more and more employers recognising and seeking out transferrable skills developed outside the workplace, such as a desire to learn new skills, to read broadly, and to socialise, or keep active with a hobby. These young people will make attractive employees as they will likely be fast learners, knowledgeable of the world around them, and easier to work with on a personal level.