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Soft skills 'vital for graduate jobs'
Wednesday, 03 September 2008
So-called 'soft' skills are vital to those looking for graduate jobs, it has been claimed.
Writing for the Guardian, Linda Nordling tells the story of Max Robson who, according to the newspaper fits the government's requirements for "the perfect graduate".
She explains that the fact that he has undertaken a range of work experience means he is equipped with "high employability".
"In [a] Confederation of British Industry survey, twice as many employers valued such placements as those who valued high grades," Ms Nordling states.
The government is now aiming to encourage universities to teach students the skills the employers are looking for in order to produce people capable of filling graduate jobs, she adds.
Recently, research by Kelly Services found that one in five people believe they picked the wrong job when starting out in their graduate career.
Onrec.com reported that the study also found that half of respondents would choose to opt to study something else if they had the chance to pick again.