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Employers Emphasize 'Expertise' over 'Skills'

At the University of Salford's Careers Blog for Postgraduates, Fiona Christie says that in place of specialized skills alone, "employers want it all" from prospective employees — that is, they seek those with "expertise," those who've harnessed "a blend of skills, attributes, qualities, knowledge, and experience." According to David Doherty, chief executive office of the UK's Council for Industry and Higher Education, employers desire the "mash-up graduate," Christie reports. While she says that employers' expectations may be a bit too high, she adds that there is a lesson to be learned for job-seekers: when applying for positions, it's imperative to "demonstrate ... depth as well as a breadth of expertise." Christie says that this so-called "T-shaped graduate" is "the ideal candidate" in the eyes of a prospective employer.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.