The Art of Getting Started: Graduate skills in a fragmented labour market

La Valle I, O'Regan S, Jackson C | Report 364 | Institute for Employment Studies | Dec 1999

There is a growing recognition of the need to enhance graduates' employability for them to find suitable jobs in an increasingly diverse and competitive labour market.

The 'employability' debate has centred on the adequacy of the skills graduates develop during their courses. There is growing consensus that it is no longer sufficient for graduates to possess traditional academic and subject specific skills. Nowadays graduates need to develop a range of interpersonal and transferable skills to be able to adapt to changing market circumstances and organisational needs.