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Recruiters have been struggling to hire candidates they believe have the required skill sets, but it is possible that we are beginning to change the idea of what makes the ideal candidate- not just simply a degree in hand.

Does that position really need a degree?

Does that position really need a degree?

… A question to be asked to recruiters perhaps as more emphasis is being put on the ‘soft skills’ of individuals applying for jobs rather than their sole academic successes. It has always been in the air that there is a ‘skills shortage’ in the work force, and despite being highly talented academically, the the candidates for a job are not always being able to take to skilful challenges in practice.

The Hays 2015 Global Skills Index in association with Oxford Economics states that the UK has a “talent mismatch” score of 9.7 out of 10, marking one of the most urgent skills shortages in Europe. Recruiters have been struggling to hire candidates they believe have the required skill sets, but it is possible that we are beginning to change the idea of what makes the ideal candidate- not just simply a degree in hand.

‘Soft skills’ are being realised to be the priority when recruiters are hiring, in some cases. These can be considered as:

Communication and interpersonal skills
Teamwork
Time and self-management
Decision-making and initiative-taking
Taking responsibility

It does seem sensible that within a job you are able to have the skills not only to be able to ‘get the job done’ but to also thrive by creating challenges and helping better yourself, as well as the company, in that role. The current freeze in time where recruiters at a glance feel that it is a priority to have a degree must be changed. Part of the problem may lie with UK companies who demand degree calibre candidates for jobs that simply don’t require graduate qualifications.

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