A gap between grad skills and business needs?

Be adaptable, resourceful and creative to boost workplace chances says new Hertfordshire research

New research by the University of Hertfordshire reveals British businesses now consider resourcefulness and adaptability to be of the utmost importance when considering graduate hires.

The findings show close to three quarters (72%) of senior decision-makers consider a creative approach to problem-solving the most beneficial skill for university leavers.

Being able to hold their own and make decisions when faced with uncertainty (49%) is also now considered to be more valuable than possessing leadership skills (37%), an entrepreneurial spirit (37%) and persuasion or sales skills (27%).

University of Hertfordshire Pro-Vice Chancellor Julie Newlan MBE (above) said: “These results clearly show the employment landscape is changing fast. Businesses want to employ individuals who are not shaken in times of uncertainty, and are able to hold their own and keep a cool head. Disruptive societal changes make it difficult to predict what skills workers are going to need, which is why today’s graduates need to be intuitive and adaptable in order to find their place in the ever-changing job market. It is down to universities to make sure their students leave armed with the appropriate skills to do this.

“At the University of Hertfordshire, we are passionate about producing business-ready graduates, who have the creativity to succeed in the real world of work – 96% of whom are in work or further study six months after graduating.”

Close to three quarters (72%) of senior decision-makers consider a creative approach to problem-solving the most beneficial skill for university leavers

The YouGov research, commissioned by the University of Hertfordshire, surveyed 1,070 senior business decision-makers from across Britain.

The University of Hertfordshire commissioned the research in order to identify if a gap exists between graduate skills and business needs. Pro-Vice Chancellor Newlan recently launched the University’s “Business Ready Britain” campaign, which looks at how today’s graduate skills will shape the future of work.

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