Sport on the CV and the race to employment post-graduation
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Questions over the drive of British students in comparison to that of their foreign counterparts have coincided with a report proposing that playing competitive sport could be the secret to future employment success. The doubts cast on the Brits followed a report in the Wall Street Journal – entitled ‘The Billion Dollar Startup Club’ – that listed the thirty startups that were valued highest by venture capitalists. Only three of the thirty were from Europe and not one of those from the UK. The leading European company was Zalando, the German fashion and lifestyle startup. Zalando followed in the footsteps of the US e-commerce giant in selling only shoes at first before expanding out to clothes and lifestyles products. Despite the Coalition Government proclaiming that Britain is a ‘GREAT’ place for entrepreneurs, there are yet to be any shining success stories from the UK startup scene. Though many say that the reason lies in risk-averse investors, others have whispered that the Bright Young Things of the UK are not as driven as their American counterparts. A Question of Sport
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