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Do you have the 'soft skills' you need?

Mar 15, 2017

What job skills might you be missing?A new survey shows that many employers think new graduates don't have the skills they need for work. So how can you build the skills to stand out?

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) asked employers about the 'soft skills' of people starting work after university – skills like teamwork, problem solving and self-awareness. Half of the employers said that graduates often didn't have these skills.

'Soft skills' can be more difficult to learn, because you can't easily practice them: you have to get real experience. While work experience and internships are a great way to do this, they aren't the only option. For example:

  • Working on group projects at school, college or university can build your teambuilding skills
  • Hobbies and activities like playing on a sports team can improve teamwork and problem solving
  • Programmes like National Citizen Service and the Duke of Edinburgh's award can help you build soft skills in a way employers will recognise
  • Volunteering for a charity can help you develop many of the same skills you would learn through work experience

Find out more about building your skills and what to do if you don't have much work experience.

If you're applying for jobs, remember that building your skills isn't enough: you also need to make sure they come across on your CV or application form and during job interviews.

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