Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Points: Wrong Direction: Letters

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Points: Wrong Direction: Letters

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A friend's daughter, who graduated with a first and is clearly a high-flyer, was recently rejected by a blue-chip company after passing all six stages of its taxing graduate-recruitment process. An offer was made but then withdrawn when the firm discovered that she did not have the Ucas points it required (to get to first base she had slightly exaggerated her A-level scores). Fair enough: you can't employ someone who is prepared to lie on the application form.

However, what strikes me most about this cautionary tale is that the company's policy on Ucas points is mistaken if it wishes to recruit the best of today's graduates to produce the wealth of tomorrow.

It is at university that young people learn the techniques of independent learning, start to explore the options open to them in the workplace and develop the skills and attributes valued by employers. A-level students, however bright, are still dependent on their teachers and carefully shepherded through the curriculum. For most students it is only at university that they acquire the habits of self-motivation that will equip them for graduate employment. …

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