Young workers need to spend more time honing their own skills instead of focussing on grades, according to top bosses. A study by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has revealed that many bosses are left dissatisfied by CVs that show off qualifications without demonstrating ‘real world’ skills.
Despite nine in 10 young people admitting ‘soft skills’ are more required in their jobs than qualifications, CV layouts still showcase academic history above all else. Around 75% of bosses think ordinary CVs aren’t doing enough to highlight skilled individuals, and ultimately lead to bosses missing out on top talent. Top UK businesswoman and BBC’s Dragon’s Den’s Deborah Meaden believes the youth need to be encouraged to step out of education and get real world experience.
“I would actively encourage young people to get involved in extracurricular activities and volunteering,” said the Dragon. “Achieving a DofE Award is a brilliant way to gain recognition for all the effort put in and shows potential employers a candidate has great communication, confidence and teamwork skills, which are indispensable in the workplace.”
Less young people are turning to further education despite getting the grades, which is warmly welcomed by some bosses, who believe the country puts too much pressure on children to succeed in school without understanding how it will help in the working world. Even the likes of multi-billionaire Sir Richard Branson left school without a single qualification, and business like Branson’s Virgin are hoping to encourage good honest graft.
“Good exam results show you have the discipline to study hard and that’s important, but the right attitude will get you a long way,” said Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Chief Executive at Virgin Money. “Be yourself. Find your purpose. Make a difference. Each and every one of us can change the world. Go out and find your way.”