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Graduates must pick up 'leadership and management skills' at university

Published: Monday, 07 March 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

University-leavers must ensure they gain "leadership and management skills" while they are studying to ensure they secure graduate vacancies, according to an integrated energy company.

An employee at Centrica plc has warned that if people do not pick up extra-curricular skills at university, they face missing out on graduate opportunities.

Greg Evans, director of the nuclear division at Centrica said that students have to be aware that good grades are not the only important part of university.

"As an employer of school leavers and graduates alike, we recognise the important role that leadership and management skills play in their skill-set," he said.

"Of course, the fundamentals such as maths and science are key for us, but behavioural skills such as determination, teamwork and a desire to learn are just as important."

The comments came in response to research by accreditation body the Chartered Management Institute, which found that nine in ten managers feel that young people need training in basic skills work. 

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