A Graduate Degree May Not Be Enough

28th February 2011

New graduates have long suspected that a degree alone may not be enough to land them a career in the toilsome recruitment process. Unfortunately, their suspicions have certain credence, according to High Fliers, a market research company for graduates.

The report surveyed a large range of UK HR operatives of graduate employers.

It confirmed that fresh graduates that already have demonstrable skills and previous work experience were most likely to glide through the recruitment process and fast track their career.

Two-thirds surveyed warned that inexperienced candidates had “little to no chance” of finding gainful employment ahead of other graduates that have worked part-time.

Conversely, perhaps it’s not all doom and gloom.

Liz Sayce, of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills commented, saying, “There's no doubt that qualifications are important, but they can only take you so far. Employers look for job seekers who demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication, social and teamwork skills and a willingness to learn.”

She did, however, add, “This is not just relevant to new graduates trying to find a job. No matter what level you're at, or what type of career you desire–when you ignore these so-called 'employability' skills, you do so at your own peril."

“It behoves job seekers to at least take a vocational class. Many employers recruit these apprentices. They are easier to train.”

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