University of Leicester recognised for helping students prepare for the world of work

Posted by uatemp13 at Mar 19, 2013 03:57 PM |
The University of Leicester has been recognised for its work helping students prepare for the world of work by the Association of Graduate Recruiters; the largest voice for graduate employers in the UK

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 19 March 2013

Shortlisted for the AGR’s annual Development Awards alongside graduate employers like BskyB, National Grid, Accenture and IBM, the University was ‘highly commended’ for its pioneering ‘no prep, no entry’ approach and the support it delivered to almost 4,000 students in a five week period.

Leicester beat off stiff competition from Universities across the UK to be shortlisted for the awards held last week, and judges were particularly impressed with the feedback employers gave about the quality of conversation students were able to have. Data gathered by the Career Development Service also highlighted that:

•       86% of the employers attending the Festival of Careers rated the conversations they were having with students as either good or excellent;

•       100% employers identified students they wanted to see an application from ; and

•       65% of employers identified more than 20 students they spoke to and wanted to see an application from.

Following the announcement Bob Athwal, Director of University’s Career Development Service, said:

“This is a great start. And the fact we were shortlisted by employers and other Universities makes our commendation even more significant. The most important thing though is that this support is helping our students stand out to graduate employers. The figures above tell us that 83% of students attending the Festival had a conversation strong enough to influence their employability prospects and highlights why the University took this bold approach. This impact is something everyone in the Career Development Service worked hard to achieve and what really excites me is what we’re doing to take students’ employability even further in the coming year.”

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For more information please contact: Rajesh Patel on 0116 252 5117 or email: rp295@le.ac.uk

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