The majority (77 per cent) of those in charge of graduate recruitment and development said they’ve had to employ graduates without the necessary people skills due to lack of choice. They agreed that less than half of graduate applicants have sufficient people skills for the roles they’re applying for.Graduates however, believe they just need to be good at their job to succeed – 70 per cent feel this way. Over half said that people skills got in the way of accomplishing the job, while 61 per cent of today’s graduates agreed that technical ability were more important than people skills at work. Some 150 professionals in the UK responsible for recruitment and development of graduate talent were surveyed, with size of organisations ranging from ten employees to 25,000 employees. A further 150 graduates who have been in employment between three and 24 months were also questioned. David Smith, consultant at Hay Group, said: “It’s not that today’s graduates lack potential – this potential needs to be realised.” He added that organisations should take responsibility in recruiting and developing graduates “in the right way”. This would enable them to “appreciate the role these ‘softer’ skills play in their own development and the value they offer to the business”. Read more on graduates:
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