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Where can IT grads find interpersonal skills?

You’ve got the work ethic, the right qualifications and enthusiasm. And you’re waiting to hear back from your interview that could land you your first job in the tech industry, until you’re told you’re not ready.

That is according to a hiring manager survey recently published, which found that many IT graduates lack in interpersonal skills.

The research from Robert Half Technology found that over a third of chief information officers (CIOs) complained that IT graduates are not ready for their first job. The reason being, according to 55% of respondents, is a lack of skills in areas such as communication and leadership.

But don’t despair. About 35% said they’re still hiring. So how best can you develop these skills?

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There are companies out there, like Communication Now, which train would-be professionals in techniques to empower them with skills to become the best communicator and leader in their professional lives.

Joining a local Toastmasters club is another cheap and effective way of honing such skills. For an annual fee ranging from £60-£180 at one of the thousands of clubs all over the UK, aspiring communicators can listen to and give speeches.

In the first half of each meeting, a random topic is chosen and a member or guest has two minutes to speak about that subject. Then the club hosts three set speeches, which are evaluated by the audience.

It’s really good fun. Members and guests end up talking about a wide range of topics, from politics, sports and even IT. And it’s not just about speaking. You learn about leadership too. With a chance to manage the club and other roles, you learn about motivating others, delegating and setting targets – just like a leader.

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