Business leaders and trade unions agree…qualifications without being prepared for the world of work is another obstacle for graduates today
Business leaders and trade unions agree…qualifications without being prepared for the world of work is another obstacle for graduates today; so a series of round table events by Adecco concludes.
‘Young people need help translating their qualifications into successful careers’ said the MD of Adecco. ‘It is more business, social and life skills that we need to prioritise if candidates who look good on paper are to be taken on and to become truly successful’ he went on.
Bright Futures is all about preparing young people for the world of work, giving them an array of opportunities throughout their time at University to offer more than their qualifications when job hunting. This then provides graduate recruiters with a great pool of talent to target and hire from.
Here at Bright Futures we have already gone beyond job hunting skills for undergraduates and have now added ‘Modern Life Skills’ to the portfolio of skills, which includes developing their ’emotional resilience & intelligence’ (an area receiving focus from these round table events) that we and our clients deliver to their target talent.
And as ever let’s stop making this issue of employability (however you choose to define it!) as something that needs to be done to students. So many students now know that they need more than a good degree. What is needed is the right framework, direction, motivation and support for undergraduates to drive this for themselves. You only have to see what some of our best Bright Futures Societies are doing to get ample evidence of this (plus the fact that 60% of our 2010-11 committees had jobs before they finished University). So without wishing to sound like a battle cry (!) let’s pull together as employers & HE to empower undergraduates to tackle this issue. Give them the opportunity and freedom (with the right infrastructue and support behind them) to use their initiative and energy to innovate and engage more and more students in what we all know to be a key issue for us all.