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95pc of employers say students need practical experience

Paul O'Donoghue

Published 09/10/2015 | 07:42

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Nearly all employers say that they need students with practical experience during their education, according to a new study.

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The Cpl Employment Market Monitor for the third quarter of the year found that 95pc of bosses said that practical experience is a requirement for students.

Irish recruitment company CPL, which carried out the study, said that theoretical knowledge “no longer cuts it: they [employers] want students who have practical experience of their chosen field before landing their first job."

The study, which was was based on information taken from Cpl’s database and augmented with responses from nearly 500 employers, also found that 50pc of employers are now banning social media in the workplace.

Previous Cpl Employment Market Monitors showed employers estimating productivity lost to social media at approximately 10 hours per week per employee.

96pc of the employers who responded to the Market Monitor believe that staff with a great attitude can be taught the skills they need.

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