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Extra uni activities 'important for graduate jobs'

Published: Wednesday, 09 July 2008   Category: Graduate recruitment | Graduate Job sector Reports

Those hoping to start a graduate career once they finish university would be well advised to involve themselves in extra-circular activities, new research shows.

According to research by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), although academic qualifications are still important in getting graduate jobs, an increasing number of employers are looking at things such as sporting achievements, reports the Observer.

Speaking to the newspaper, Rebecca Fielding, talent manager for HJ Heinz agreed that a good degree is not the only mark of a talent individual.

Ms Fielding said: "What we have found is that exceptional candidates come in different shapes and sizes and may have a 2:2, particularly people who have been running their own business, doing sport or those at intensive, very high standard institutions."

Meanwhile, Recruiter reports comments by Sir Paul Judger, president of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, who believes that those hunting for graduate jobs will need to adapt their skills and knowledge to the global market.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18676852-ADNFCR

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