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Workplaces were never designed for difference

With Dr King’s research, insights and practical applications, you will discover how to value differences at work, overcome obstacles in your career and take action to make your workplace work for everyone.

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Why Make This Investment In Your Emerging Talent?

The expansion of higher education globally has led to a dramatic increase in graduates seeking employment. At the same time, there is greater diversity in graduates’ educational and social backgrounds, ethnicity, age and disciplines of study.

Graduate development schemes must respond to changes in graduate expectations and career patterns or put long-term investment in graduates at risk. More and more research finds that employees want experiential learning, tailored training, mentoring and coaching, especially for personal development. Additionally, graduates view “people skills” as central to leadership development.

Despite the more significant numbers of graduates, corporations are growing concerned that higher education is struggling to equip graduates who meet employers’ expectations.

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A 2006 CBI survey found almost a third of employers had problems with graduates’ generic employability skills such as team working, communication and problem-solving.

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A 2019 study found that of the 800 participants surveyed 70% of 24 to 37-year-olds scored below average on their ability to grapple with ambiguity. In addition, respondents aged 18 to 37 were twice as likely to achieve the bottom 10% for their ability to manage ambiguity.

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A 2008 survey by The Council for Industry and Higher Education found 86% of employers considered good communication skills essential (some putting these ahead of a reasonable degree). Still, most were dissatisfied that graduates could express themselves effectively.

Whilst clearly, employers are going to have different skill needs, there is a consensus that there is a core of “employability” or “transferable skills”, namely soft skills, which can equip graduates for the world of work and future careers, whatever role or sector they choose to enter. Based on over two decades of research, in How Work Works, Dr King reveals what skills the next generation of leaders need to develop, and the tools, exercises and resources so they can.

“Insightful and thoroughly engaging, Michelle King provides practical solutions for bringing about tangible and lasting change, as well as an impassioned argument for equity that moves beyond the current discourse on women in the workplace.”

Dr Nina Ansary, Author, Scholar, and UN Women Global Champion for Innovation

If you would like to provide your emerging talent with a career playbook for the new world of work, consider booking Dr King today to speak in your organization on topics like:

For each of these topics, Dr King provides a variety of engagement formats, including:

Graduation and Commencement Speaking


With her extensive research,
Dr King can speak to a range
of topics and in a variety of
formats, including keynotes,
panels and fireside chats.

Graduate Onboarding and Emerging Talent

Whether you are trying to develop the next generation of leaders or motivate them to create a culture of inclusion, Dr King will inspire this audience to change and provide practical tools, models, resources and learning frameworks to help them apply what they learn. Dr King offers a range of masterclasses for emerging talent to equip them for the new world of work. Masterclasses can be provided in a webinar, virtual or in-person format.

Emerging Talent Development Series


The Emerging Talent
Leadership Development
Series is a transformative
development program that
enables and empowers the
next generation of leaders to
understand the new world of
work and what they can do
to advance their careers and
find meaning at work.

40% of millennials believe that their lack of social skills has held them back in their work

- 2017 OnePoll study of 2000 participants aged 18 and older.