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Graduates 'should think like athletes to reach the top'

Published: Monday, 07 July 2008   Category: Career Advice

People looking to make it to the top through graduate training schemes should take note of how elite athletes conduct themselves, according to one expert.

Graham Jones, a sports psychologist and executive coach, explains that while sport is not the same as business, there are several parallels, reports the Times.

He suggests that people in training schemes need to work with the people who push them hardest, in order to raise their game.

Mr Jones said: "Smart companies encourage elite performers to push one another.

"Talent development programmes that bring together a company’s stars for intensive training serve such a purpose."

Graduates who are planning on reaching the top will also need to learn to "love the pressure", he added.

Meanwhile, On Rec reports that a poll by social networking site Webjam reveals that 60 per cent of university careers advisers feel that putting information online can help people in their search for graduate jobs.

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