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Want a job after uni? Join a society, say employers

17th July 2014
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If you want to give yourself the best chance of finding a job after uni the key lays not in the lecture hall but in your extra-curricular activities, according to employers.

New research from bosses reveals that they believe the secret to finding enterprising and highly skilled talent lies not in academic success but rather in the world of student societies.

Conducted by RBS Inspiring Enterprise, the research aims to reveal more about students' recognition of their enterprising skills and what’s helping them get ready for the world of work.

It found that 34% of students who are involved in socities "want to build something that will be publicly recognised."

The research also shows that students who participate in societies are more likely to show many of the attributes required for success in the workplace: 55% of society members totally agree that they show resilience and learn from their mistakes compared to just 45% of non-society members, and 37% totally agree that they have confidence against just 24% of non-society members.

Despite the clear cut benefits of society membership 39% of students don’t participate in societies and are missing out on the personal development opportunities.

Of these, 36% plan to join but haven’t got around to it while 31% opt out based on their perceptions of societies.

Thom Kenrick, Head of Sustainability Programmes at RBS, said, “Societies are clearly a very rich source of talent within the UK. As recruiters look for further evidence of a candidate’s ability beyond their academic qualifications, this research suggests they should be looking into their extra-curricular activity."




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