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Graduates jobs news: 'Hard cash for soft skills'

Published: Monday, 06 October 2008   Category: Graduate recruitment | Work Experience

Employers are looking for more than just a relevant degree when it comes to graduate jobs, it has been claimed.

The Independent reports comments by Richard Wainer, head of education and skills at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), who explained that employers are looking for good all-round abilities.

According to Mr Wainer, there are seven key points that employers consider valuable.

"The seven areas are: Self-management; team working; business and customer awareness; problem solving; communication and literacy; application of numeracy; and application of information technology," he said.

Although often dubbed "soft skills", there is in fact "hard cash on offer" to those who possess them, the news provider added.

Recently, the Training and Development Agency for Schools claimed it has seen an increase in the number of people accessing the teach.gov.uk website since the start of the credit crunch.

The body puts this down to people seeing teaching as a stable graduate job during tough economic times.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18812833-ADNFCR

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