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Graduate job hunters 'need teamwork on top of degrees'

Published: Tuesday, 20 October 2009   Category: Work Experience

University College London (UCL) believes that university leavers looking for a graduate job should be able to demonstrate soft skills on top of the academic ones they gained during their degree.

That is why its alumni are now attending a special 'boot camp', a three-day course which aims to equip former students with a wide range of skills about business and what is required of them in a graduate job.

Timothy Barnes, executive director of UCL Advances, the university's centre for entrepreneurship, said: "By taking them through this programme we want to outline that the same fundamentals apply wherever a business idea comes from and wherever it's delivered."

He told the Independent that many of the graduates on the course are those who perhaps do not have the teamwork and communications skills required in such a difficult job market.

The Coventry Telegraph recently reported that Keele University has announced a graduate internship initiative, which will allow degree-holders to hone their soft skills on a work experience placement at firms across the West Midlands.


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