Female students urged to apply for top graduate schemes

BBC News are reporting that female students are less likely to aim for top graduate jobs but more likely to land them if they apply, says the Association of Graduate Recruiters.

Its survey of leading employers found that, while 54% of students are women, they make up just 47% of graduate scheme applicants. But they took 49% of the posts, the responses by 170 employers showed.

“Many women don’t apply for the top schemes when they should,” said AGR chief executive Stephen Isherwood.

Three quarters of the firms which responded to the survey had a diversity strategy in place, and the majority said redressing workplace gender imbalance was the highest priority.

Mr Isherwood says considerable barriers to gender equality remain.

“Graduate employers want to hire women, there are lots of opportunities out there and these candidates are more likely to succeed, so we need to address why they’re not applying. Industry-wide collaboration to tackle student perceptions will be a key step forward.”

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Why do you think female students don’t always aim for the top jobs post-university? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Nellie

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