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Meeting highlights lack of soft skills in graduates

An industry and academia collaboration in Suva has identified an ‘attitude problem’ in fresh graduates from tertiary institutions. The two day collaboration concluded in Suva three days ago was organised by the Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC). It paved the way for the employment industry and tertiary educational stakeholders to find common grounds on issues […]

Verleshwar Singh

September 11, 2015 1:50 pm

An industry and academia collaboration in Suva has identified an ‘attitude problem’ in fresh graduates from tertiary institutions.

The two day collaboration concluded in Suva three days ago was organised by the Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC). It paved the way for the employment industry and tertiary educational stakeholders to find common grounds on issues they face.

Mr. Richard Wah, Executive Director, FHEC said:

Soft skills are both attitudes and character. For instance do people take orders well from the bosses. Do they listen to instructions? Are they a team player? Do they come to work on time? How do they take instructions that are given to them?

One of the things industries say that too many of our graduates in Fiji they think when they come out with their qualifications they are going to walk straight into a job and it’s not like that and they have an attitude problem. And when they do get a job they want to know who’s at the top of the ladder and want to be on the top of that ladder.

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