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Universities 'must do more' to prepare students for graduate jobs

Published: Tuesday, 09 November 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

Universities should be doing more to prepare their students for landing graduate opportunities when they finish their degrees, it has been suggested.

Centrica Group joined forces with a number of companies to set up the Chartered Management Institute Academy to help deliver management and leadership skills to young Britons.

Iain Heath, head of graduate programmes at the firm, explained in an interview with the Guardian that higher education institutions should be more proactive in this area.

"Graduates are lacking in essential soft skills such as independent thought, problem-solving, working collaboratively and engaging with people from different backgrounds, and the tone and content of their correspondence can be startlingly inappropriate," he told the news provider.

Mr Heath also expressed his belief that there is a "general disconnect" between university courses and the workplace at present.

Meanwhile, Michael Izza, chief executive of ICEAW, claimed recently in a post on the company's official website that budding auditors must ensure they have learnt the lessons of the financial crisis.

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