Employers 'willing to consider 2:2 candidates'

08-07-2008

Employers 'willing to consider 2:2 candidates'
New research has revealed that employers are increasingly willing to hire graduates with 2:2 degrees, rather than demanding a higher grade.

According to the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) poll, one-third of recruiters would be happy to do this, compared to a quarter of respondents in 2007's survey.

The organisation states that this is because 2:1 grades are given inconsistently and some employers believe degree marks do not accurately reflect the aptitude of the candidate.

As a result, other factors such as sporting and social achievements are being considered.

Commenting on the poll, Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the AGR, told the Observer: "Employers have not abandoned degree classifications, but there is a growing awareness that graduates have other things to offer. If you use a hard-and-fast cut-off at 2:1, you might miss out."

This may come as welcome news to graduates, as last month Mr Gilleard told the Guardian that those leaving university this year may have a hard time finding jobs in certain sectors as a result of the credit crunch.

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