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Graduates 'need to be willing to learn in the workplace'

Published: Monday, 29 June 2009   Category: Career Advice

Graduates need to be open to learning new skills when they enter the workplace, according to one expert.

Dr John McGurk, advisor for learning and talent development at the Chartered Institution of Personnel and Development, said that there is often a lack of "soft skills" such as the ability to work in a team, being able to manage conflict and innovation in people embarking on graduate jobs.

"There is a lack of self-starting initiative and motivation. Mainly because people have been over-trained to rely on that degree to an extent, to provide them with the competence which you want," he added.

Dr McGurk continued to say that when people first start a job they need to remain open to learning and doing things they may perceive as being beneath them in order to develop themselves.

Earlier this month, top graduate job provider PricewaterhouseCoopers warned university leavers that they may have to compromise on their dream job if they are hoping to work in the City and start off in a smaller firm.

The company said that as long as the job teaches them vital skills it can still send them off on the road to success, regardless of location.

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