Graduates are undervaluing the importance of people skills when looking for a new role according to research conducted by management consultancy, Hay Group as reported by HR News.
Nearly three quarters of graduates believe that to be successful in their career they need to just be good at their job, with 61% believing technical skills are more important than people skills. This contrasts with the importance that businesses place on people skills; 93% believe strong people skills deliver commercial impact.
It’s not all bad news though as the psychometric assessment specialist Talent Q has found that graduates have as much potential as senior managers for self awareness, self-control and teamwork, and more potential for empathy.
Graduate development specialists recognise the need to develop these skills with 83% claiming that they spend more time training graduates on working effectively in a team than on technical skills.
However, businesses do acknowledge that it can take time for graduates to develop the necessary people skills for them to operate as a fully productive member of their organisation; 62% believe it can take between six months and two years.
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