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Graduates can learn

Letters

I have an second class accountancy degree and a first class civil engineering degree and have been applying for work to companies for some time now. The response has been virtually identical to those who have already written.

The main concern is limited experience. But as graduates we have demonstrated an ability to learn to a high level so, given the right conditions, this experience should be learned very quickly.

We often read of skills shortages, including one firm employing school leavers to address the problem. But are school leavers better at learning or just cheaper?

There will be a skills shortage if most companies are not prepared to teach people the skills required. Employing a graduate nowadays seems to be more about what they can do for you on site or in the office tomorrow rather than what they can do in six months time.

Ian Blaiklock IBlaiklock@aol.com

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