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Students 'need to learn employability skills for graduate jobs'
Thursday, 23 October 2008
People should make sure they leave university with the skills needed to mount a successful hunt for graduate jobs, it has been claimed.
According to Joe McDermott, chief executive officer of Interviewgold.com, people are often too focused on the social side of their time studying.
Even simply concentrating on getting a good degree is not always enough, he believes, as they often neglect other things which make them employable, like interviewing well.
"They don't really have time to think about the importance of these skills until they're hitting the job market when it is potentially too late," he said.
Although many universities now make sure employability is high on the agenda, many students do not attend such courses as they are not compulsory.
Research conducted by Interviewgold.com reveals that 79 per cent of people think it is more difficult to get a job now than it was 12 months ago.