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Female students encouraged to apply to best grad schemes

Jul 27, 2016

Female students encouraged to apply to best grad schemesA survey has found that fewer women than men apply to graduate schemes, despite more women attending university and women who do apply being more successful overall.

The survey, conducted by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), looked at the applicants and employees of 170 leading employers. It found that whilst 54% of university students are female, only 47% of students applying to graduate schemes are women. Yet when women do choose to apply to graduate schemes, they are more likely to be accepted than their male counterparts – with the female students who do apply filling 49% of graduate scheme posts. The chief executive of AGR, Stephen Isherwood, suggested that women may be less likely to apply to the best graduate schemes due to lower confidence.

Whatever your gender, don’t exclude yourself from a graduate scheme by not applying. Read our guide to graduate schemes, try to develop your self-esteem, and brush up on your job application skills. Then apply – after all, you’ve got to be in it to win it!