No Evidence Success at University Correlates with Achievements in Later Life

university-degreeAccording to recent studies there is no evidence that suggests that tertiary education can be linked to achievements in later life. This blog by AbsoluteIT looks at the issue and also gives some tips for IT Job Seekers. [Note: We don’t get anything from AbsoluteIT, we just thought it was an interesting post.]

Two leading UK employers have ditched university scores as a key measure in their graduate recruitment programmes. Ernst & Young and PwC are removing compulsory education scores from their graduate recruitment programmes in the hope of diversifying their talent pool.

E&Y’s UK graduate recruiting team has announced it will be removing the degree classification from its entry criteria, stating that there’s “no evidence” to support the notion that success at university correlates with achievement in later life. E&Y are following in the steps of PwCs’ UK branch, who have already scrapped using UCAS points as entry criteria for their graduate scheme.

Maggie Stilwell, EY’s managing partner for talent, said Academic qualifications will still be taken into account and indeed remain an important consideration when assessing candidates as a whole, but will no longer act as a barrier to getting a foot in the door.”

The audit firm believes placing too much emphasis on the scores will mean employers may miss out on key talent from disadvantaged backgrounds, who can perform less well at school.

The move by two of the UK’s biggest graduate employers is indicative of a changing paradigm in recruitment and people development – that workplace culture and innovative thinking can often take precendence over IQ scores and university grades.

So what can we learn from this down-under?

One comment

  1. What this is saying is that academic success, whether at school or university, isn’t a particularly accurate predictor of career ‘achievement’. We also know that interviews, for example, don’t work very well. So the question then is what are better predictors that can be utilised in practical selection methods? But then a bigger question is perhaps, what is meant by ‘achievement’? Becoming CEO of a large, successful company is a completely different kind of achievement to let’s say undertaking the first successful heart transplant. We need to be careful not to judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree.

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