Graduates, AI and Business Skills

  • Graduate
  • AI

By Lindsay Kingston

Training Graduates Beyond AI to Succeed in Jobs

In today’s rapidly evolving job market, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionising the nature of work. As technology advances, the demand for graduates well-versed in AI is undeniable. While technical proficiency is vital, there’s an increasing emphasis on the soft skills that AI cannot replicate. These skills are what will distinguish great graduate employees from their AI focussed counterparts. We know that these are crucial for our graduate data talent as we help them thrive in the world of data and the AI-integrated workplace.

AI’s impact on the workplace is profound and pervasive. Its ability to analyse large datasets, automate routine tasks, and optimize processes is transforming industries. This technological shift means that all of us, including graduates, need to adapt by integrating AI into our professional lives. It’s not just about understanding AI but also about leveraging the unique skills that machines cannot emulate. These skills, known as ‘soft skills’, are ones that we include in our graduate training programme, preparing our high calibre graduates for  work in the ‘real world’ and giving them the confidence to integrate quickly with the teams we place them in as well as deliver results for the businesses we work with.

Here are our top 4 skills we believe are essential for our Data Graduate consultants:

1. Creativity: The Human Spark

Creativity tops the list of skills AI cannot duplicate. While AI can assist in creative processes, it operates within the boundaries of its programming and data. In contrast, human creativity is boundless. It encompasses the ability to dream, imagine, innovate, and think laterally. In an AI-driven world, creativity is not just about artistic expression; it’s a business imperative. Creative thinking drives innovation, solves complex problems, and finds new ways to use AI effectively.

2. Communication and Emotional Intelligence: The Heart of Human Interaction

AI may excel in processing information, but it lacks the nuances of human emotion. Emotional intelligence – the ability to perceive, interpret, and respond to our own emotions and the emotions of others – is uniquely human. It’s about understanding and empathizing with colleagues, managing interpersonal dynamics, and building relationships. Effective communication, which includes not only verbal but also non-verbal cues like body language and facial expressions, is essential in conveying ideas, building trust, and fostering teamwork.

3. Curiosity: The Drive to Discover

Curiosity is the fuel for lifelong learning and innovation. Graduates need to be curious, not just about AI, but about the world at large. This involves constantly seeking new knowledge, staying abreast of industry trends, and understanding how emerging technologies can be applied innovatively in various contexts. A curious mindset enables graduates to explore uncharted territories, challenge the status quo, and embrace new ideas.

4. Adaptability: Thriving in a Changing World

The only constant in today’s work environment is change, particularly with AI reshaping job roles and industry norms. Adaptability is about being flexible, open to new ideas, and willing to learn and grow. It involves embracing change, viewing technological advancements as opportunities rather than threats, and adjusting strategies and goals accordingly. Graduates who are adaptable can navigate the uncertainties of a tech-driven workplace, adjust to new roles, and will find innovative ways to apply their skills.


As AI continues to evolve, the education system and training programs must adapt. Our Data Graduate programme not only covers the technical skills needed, SAS and Open-source, but also sees us nurturing these essential soft skills. Helping the Katalyze Data Graduates apply both their technical knowledge and soft skills in practical settings.

In conclusion, as AI becomes more integrated into our work lives, the need for human-centric skills will only grow. Graduates who can complement their technical AI expertise with creativity, emotional intelligence, curiosity, and adaptability will be well-equipped to succeed in their placements. These skills will not only make them valuable employees but also enable them to lead the way in leveraging AI for innovation, efficiency, and business success.

We attract, hire and train the next generation of data experts and place them with organisations who want to futureproof their data capability with top talent. If you want to find out more click here or get in touch.


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