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STUDENTS across the Portsmouth area face a tougher future than they might expect, according to a sales guru.

Sales Commando managing director Doug Tucker has said there was a gulf between the employment expectations of graduates and the expectations of potential employers.

Mr Tucker said graduates often lacked practical skills.

He said: ‘Employers are looking for those with the best exam results and take into account all the other key facets of uni life, but employers are also looking for candidates who are team players, problem solvers and who can organise and prioritise their work.’

He said this could be achieved by adding ‘real-world’ training as part of the course structure.