Following on from my most recent blog, Youth Unemployment, I was interested to read an article written by Amanda Woodward on HRM, the Human Resource Management site. Titled  ‘Most jobs will be soft skills intensive by 2030’ she writes of a change that is occurring in large corporations –

‘Penguin Random House and major consulting firms Ernst & Young (EY) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) are just three big companies to have stated openly that they no longer require university degrees in their search for good candidates. Instead, they want to recruit newcomers who have a broad range of life and education skills and experiences.’

The diminishing importance of academic results and the search for good candidates with great soft skills gained through well rounded life experience, possibly a ‘gap year’ and part time jobs cannot be ignored by parents and young people hoping to break into the work force in the coming years!

‘So what are those ‘in-demand’ soft skills?

  1. Communication
  2. Friendly/Approachable
  3. Self-motivated/Ambitious
  4. Driven by outcomes
  5. Positive and enthusiastic

Catherine Friday, education leader of EY Oceania’


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