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Student Strengths Survey

Strengths-based Graduate Recruitment Coverage

Delighted to share with you more coverage of the EY-Capp Student Strengths Survey that has been picked up right across the general, HR, and graduate recruitment media, including coverage in Personnel Today, GradPlus, TargetJobs, Prospects, RecruitingBlogs, FreshBusinessThinking and the Evening Standard (no link – print only).

 

This really shows that companies – and graduates – are looking for what they need to do differently in graduate recruitment to ensure they get the right people into the right roles.

 

After all, graduate recruitment is special. The volume of candidates, the competition for places, the impact on the future leadership and talent pipeline of the organisation, and the economic footprint on wider society. All of these combine to mean that graduate recruiters have a greater responsibility than most to get things right.

 

I am very proud that at Capp we are helping them to do exactly that.

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Guardian online – Graduates: Is a 2:1 the best qualification for landing a job?

Just received the link to Graham Snowdon’s article in the Guardian online. With the move towards the new Higher Education Achievement Report (Hear), it seems increasingly likely that companies will be able to make more informed judgements about the graduates applying to them – just as Ernst & Young have been doing for the last three years by using strengths-based recruitment.

 

The Hear report is also likely to mean that graduate employers start looking more broadly about what students bring with them into the world of work. Their qualifications show what they have done in the past, but their strengths give a far better indication of what they will be able to do in the future.

 

Even so, the Association of Graduate Recruiters reports that 75% of its members still use degree classifications as their primary screening tool.

 

Time for a change, I think. Let’s start paying more attention to what students are capable of doing after they join our companies – through identifying and developing their strengths – rather than just looking at what they have done in their past at university.

 

Assessing and developing strengths helps you find out about what people love to do and where they will shine. This is what any prospective employer really wants to know when judging the fit of a candidate against their role requirements and the culture of the organisation. Get the right people into the right roles, and it’s simply better for everyone.

 

What do you think? Do degree qualifications determine your career path, or do your strengths have far more to do with how you succeed in the end?

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BBC News online – Students: ‘Better at cracking jokes than taking risks’

This is the title that BBC News Online led with when they reported the results of the Student Strengths Survey we ran for Ernst & Young. We surveyed a nationally representative sample of over 1,000 students, who all completed Realise2, Capp’s online strengths assessment tool, as well as answering questions about their career aspirations.

 

The results also picked up coverage in Graham Snowdon’s article, ‘Pity the student with a third’, in the Work section of Saturday’s Guardian.

 

More to follow as further results are announced from the EY-Capp Student Strengths Survey in due course.

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