I believe his list is applicable to the communications professional.
1) Critical Thinking
2) Global Engagement
3) Information Discovery – Able to deal with Ambiguity
4) Communication Skills – Written & Oral
5) Ability to have had an internship, apprenticeship or some real world experience in a profession while in school
6) Undergraduate Research
7) Have all this documented so that employers can see the skills you have acquired.
f) ServiceListen to Dr. Houston Davis explain these Essential Skills here: