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Employers 'looking for leadership' to fill graduate vacancies

Published: Thursday, 16 December 2010   Category: Career Advice

A leading expert in business employment has said that companies are looking for "work experience and leadership" in university-leaders who are hoping to fill graduate vacancies.

Curly Moloney, the founder of headhunting company Moloney Search, has told the Financial Times that too few graduates have work experience in companies.

She added that not enough graduates show evidence of having held positions of leadership at their educational establishments.

Ms Moloney told the national news provider that "fewer of the very best final year students have evidence of both commercial work experience and leadership positions at university."

Examples of the kind of leadership experience companies are looking for include being president of a society or junior common room.

Ms Money, who is also the managing director at the company, said that the economic climate is partly to blame for lack of practical work experience.

"The downturn has reduced the capacity of many employers to offer [work experience] openings," she said.

Moloney Search is a boutique executive headhunting company, which specialise in finding recent graduates who are hot prospects for the future.

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