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Displaying corporate skills at uni could lead to graduate jobs for students

Published: Friday, 07 January 2011   Category: Career Advice

Awarding extra marks to undergraduates who can demonstrate corporate skills may eventually help them secure graduate jobs, according to an student advice website.

An exclusive story by the Guardian newspaper revealed that some UK universities are considering awarding students in all subjects extra marks to their degrees if they can show "corporate skills" or experience in the jobs market.

Johnny Rich, editor of Push.co.uk, welcomed the moves as a positive move for university-leavers who may find it difficult to secure graduate jobs without it.

He said: "There is certainly scope for a great deal more of this in higher education."

Mr Rich added that encouraging students to develop corporate skills should be supported. He said: "At the moment, higher education can be very poor at preparing graduates for the workplace."

Currently, University College London's career unit is in discussions with senior managers over how to accredit employment skills, and Durham University is considering giving marks for work experience.

Find graduate jobs at gradjobs.com

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