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The BCS Young Professionals Group is running two events to help its members develop the communication skills they need to be...

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The BCS Young Professionals Group is running two events to help its members develop the communication skills they need to be successful in a modern business/IT environment.

The first event will be held at the group's annual general meeting in London this Saturday (5 March). Another meeting, on 14 April, is dedicated to honing negotiating skills to boost career development.

Chris Moxon of the BCS Young Professionals Group, who is organising the April event, said, "It is widely accepted that technical skills are no longer enough to sustain a challenging role in the continually diversifying IT industry.

"Even if you are not looking for a role change, there is still competition from your colleagues, from other teams in your organisation, or from third parties.

"Being able to successfully negotiate with co-workers and management is an important skill that is often overlooked by many IT recruiters.

"For sales and marketing professionals, negotiation skills are perhaps their most important asset. Yet for many IT professionals the power of persuasion can also be a powerful tool. These skills can be required on an everyday basis; working with clients to secure contracts, handling support issues or liaising with suppliers for service delivery."

Moxon added that the April Young Professionals Group event was just one of a series of events aimed to build up the "soft" skills which are now in greater demand from employers.

BCS YPG events

5 March: Annual general meeting

11am, BCS, 5 Southampton Street, London


14 April:  The power of persuasion: negotiation for business success

6.30pm-8.30pm, BCS, 5 Southampton Street, London

www.ypg.bcs.org/events/skillcentre

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