Recession graduates fine tune their employability skills with award winning help from PwC

Fuente:    Fecha:    08.04.2009

PwC’s online employability skills clinic has been visited by UK 38,000 graduates. 

Recession graduates fine tune their employability skills with award winning help from PwC

A series of online films giving timely careers advice to graduate job seekers in the recession has been awarded a silver prize in the prestigious International Visual Communication Association’s (IVCA) annual awards for corporate communications.

The online Employability Skills Clinic targets student and graduate job seekers, and has been viewed by over 38,000 people in six months, equivalent to one in ten of the 2008 graduate population. The six films demonstrate how critical business skills can be developed in part-time jobs, sport and volunteering and were launched by the UK’s top graduate employer PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP(PwC).

PwC is recruiting 1,000 students nationwide in 2009 for April, September and October start dates, and has attracted a 50% increase in applications on 2008 levels. The firm’s recruitment campaign - ‘Take F1VE’ - challenges students to think beyond their academic achievement to make themselves distinctive in their application to the firm and other employers. A booklet, online test tool and six films help students identify the skills and achievements they have gained to complement their academic achievement.

The Employability Skills Clinic is backed by a comprehensive programme of careers and interview advice, commercial awareness seminars and reception evenings at universities and office locations where students can find out about the firm’s graduate and undergraduate opportunities.

Sonja Stockton, head of student recruitment, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP said: “We recognised early on that this year would be tough for graduates. We launched the employability skills campaign because now, more than ever students and employers need to talk the same language about the skills required in business, and how students can develop and demonstrate them.

“Students need to examine how their non-academic skills, combined with a good-quality degree can make their application and experience distinctive in a very competitive job market. We're looking for people with drive, energy, commitment and proven intellectual rigour so we can confidently invest in their skills to last a lifetime.”

PwC’s April intake, of 125 graduates joins on April 6-7. The firm is recruiting currently with vacancies in the Midlands, South, and Greater London.


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