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Needed: Graduates with advanced technology and business skills

UK: Influential business leaders across the UK are calling for more graduates with advanced technology and business skills to help them use high-tech systems more effectively across their organisations, according to a study commissioned by ESRI UK.

The research observed that three quarters (74 per cent) of HR leaders think the ideal future manager will have an equal understanding of both business and technology.

Richard Waite, Managing Director of the UK’s leading Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provider ESRI UK, said: “Business leaders across the UK are telling us that they need more employees who can help them maximise key technologies such as GIS but who also understand their business needs in these tough economic times. It’s clear from the survey that businesses can do more to help them achieve their top priorities but they need the right people to help them do that. Studying geography and learning how to utilise geographic information gives new employees many of the key skills that businesses are crying out for. As an industry, it’s our job to encourage more people to take up a geography-based career so that businesses and society as a whole can benefit.”

Dr Rita Gardner, Director of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), said: “It is encouraging to see that business leaders cite geography skills as a key attribute to greater employability in the graduate sector. The Society is working closely with schools and ESRI UK to inspire even more young people with the relevance and applications of geographical knowledge, skills and technology.”

Source: Online Recruitment