According to hrmagazine.co.uk, 24 per cent of young people
believe their lack of careers education is to blame for not acquiring
the skills needed to land a job, says the report by Barclays LifeSkills.
Another 30 per cent said they simply need more training in order to be
successful at work.
Worryingly, 25 per cent do not know how to present themselves at
work, such as what they should wear. Moreover, a quarter are unable to
state what times it's okay to use their personal mobile phone in the
Barclays also conducted a survey of business leaders, who mostly
agreed that young people often don't know how to act at work. Over half
(55 per cent), say school leavers find it difficult to speak to clients
or suppliers on the phone. In addition, 43 per cent claim they have no
idea on when they should take breaks and how long for.
Kirstie Mackey, head of Barclays LifeSkills, says more needs to be done to fill the gap in careers education.
"Not only are young people struggling to gain the confidence to carry
out tasks, but businesses don't believe they have the skills for entry
level roles," she explained, reports telegraph.co.uk. "The problem needs to be addressed."