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Higher education graduates increasingly require ‘soft’ skills and work experience to compete in a changing labour market.

Key facts:

  • In 2013, around 80% of recent EU-28 higher education graduates had gained employment, compared to fewer than 70% of recent non-higher education graduates.
  • The situation varies by country and subject of study. The employment prospects of new graduates have deteriorated in countries such as Cyprus, Greece and Italy over that last five years, even relative to wider labour force in these crisis-hit countries.
  • Graduate recruiters repeatedly report the importance of ‘soft’ skills underpinning employability. The opportunity for young people to gain work experience during or subsequent to study is integral to them being able to compete in a changing labour market.

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