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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

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.