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'Feedback key' to successful careers

Published: Tuesday, 26 August 2008   Category: Graduate recruitment | Work Experience

Feedback is key to developing communication and negotiation skills, it is being claimed.

Those looking for graduate jobs could be interested to hear the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) believes such skills are mainly developed through on the job experience during a career and comes through feedback.

Martyn Sloman, learning and development advisor for the CIPD, said recent research published by Felstead and Green - entitled Skills in Britain - found two key clusters of skills with rising importance, these are IT and influencing skills.

"The workplace is changing quite a bit. The routine processing type of work is disappearing and people are being expected to use far more of their initiative," he added.

According to the Guardian's 2008 Grad Stats, 70 per cent of respondents polled said they were worried about their student debts as a result of rising living costs and increased loans and six per cent said they wished they had got a job instead of going to university.

More than nine in every ten (91 per cent) said that getting a good career/life balance was important to them.

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