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Perhaps, but maybe it’s not all about the qualifications for the top firms…

It goes without saying that, despite all the fun and frivolity attached to student life, there is a substantial amount of stress that comes as an added bonus whenever studying towards a degree.

Indeed, the £21,000 certifications many are attempting to purchase through institutions in the UK do pile on the pressure; particularly when reminded of the immense competition to expect on the other side of graduation.

DMU’s recent graduation has certainly demonstrated how hard work and commitment can create a thoroughly well-deserved career path – Hollie Copas, for example, 3 years dedication to her Media and Communications course and a dab hand in the online elements of Demon Media; she is now in proud possession of not only a fabulous 2:1 degree, but a position within the BBC as a Social Media Coordinator.

Now, one of the largest accountancy firms in Britain; Ernst and Young (EY), are about to change the face of career progression.

According to internal investigations, they fail to see the connection between academic success, and excelling promisingly in the workplace which – let’s be honest – is what it is all supposed to be preparing students for anyway.

That is not to say that all academic achievements will be disregarded in future, so don’t be quitting your course just yet, but EY have been quoted in the Huffingtonpost stating that: “screening students based on academic performance alone is too blunt an approach to recruitment”.

Dan Richards, head of recruitment for EY in the UK, has further explained that the announcement is all so as to gain access to the “deepest possible talent pools”. What this means is that ‘talent’ will no longer be confined to those that achieve a 2:1 at degree level, and three B’s at A-Level.

PwC, a fellow accountancy firm, have also indicated that they are to alter the manner in which they search and differentiate between potential candidates for their graduate positions, albeit in a slightly different style from EY.

So whilst it may still take a year or two for these initiatives to kick in, there are dream jobs available for students who are the infamous ‘all-rounder’ – whatever that actually means…

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Posted by Hannah Rowe

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