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Leadership ability in graduates: the key to landing a graduate job

Leadership ability in graduates: the key to landing a graduate job
 
Ten of the UKs top graduate recruiters and 150 of University College Londons (UCL) top student leaders are converging on campus this month (22nd February) to discuss why leadership is the central skill needed to gain a job in todays difficult graduate market. The Sanctuary Search Leadership Challenge at UCL the worlds fourth best university according the World Rankings gives the graduate recruitment managers of firms such as IBM and Proctor & Gamble the chance to discuss and debate with UCLs student peer mentors why leadership ability is the most important soft skill for graduates to exhibit when hoping to gain employment with the UKs best employers.
 
Many of the recruiters attending have graduate leadership schemes, while the others see leadership ability as the key ingredient to any successful graduate and have isolated it as skill they look for in their ideal candidates. This is true in all industry sectors from Legal to Finance.
 
As Mohit Malik, Campus Consultant at RBS, says, leadership ability ensures a graduate will be able to drive the business forward and will be inspired by the opportunity to make a difference. Leadership can provide a foundation for ideas, creativity and excellence, showing others that anything is possible
Tom Freeman, director of Sanctuary Search, said:
 
Our experience shows that leadership ability/potential is of the utmost importance in this ultra-competitive graduate marketplace and that why leadership is the focal issue of this event. It is the primary soft skill that sets students apart from their peers in oversubscribed applications to graduate schemes. As employers, overcome by the volume of applications, can afford to be more discerning, it is incumbent upon students to have a stand-out quality. This quality, leadership ability, will be showcased at the Sanctuary Search Leadership Challenge at UCL, by the universitys student leaders and the firms there seeking such graduate talent. Indeed, leadership is an ability that is central at graduate level as it determines the leaders of industry in the future.

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