Graduate skills 'appreciated' by employers

20-05-2008

Graduate skills 'appreciated' by employers
The range of skills that are acquired by graduates at university are now being more fully understood by employers, an expert has said.

Elspeth Farrar, the communications director at the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, remarked that bosses are beginning to understand that graduates often have a portfolio of skills outside of their subject of learning.

"Most companies now realise that when students undertake higher education they are gaining far more than just the subject knowledge from their degree," she stated.

Graduates are often adept at working in team or project environments and with technology, Ms Farrar added.

Moreover, she noted that an ability to communicate and manage are also picked up by students through higher education courses.

The average starting salary for a graduate is £20,100, an Employment Review survey found last year, although private sector jobs have an average starting salary of £22,000.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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