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What do employers think about extra-curricular activities?

Watch this video to hear employers' perspectives on the value of engaging with extra-curricular activities at university.

As you’ve seen, getting involved in activities at university can open up a whole range of other opportunities for you which can help you develop and explore your strengths. But did you know that employers value these kinds of experience in their new recruits too?

In the video, you’ll see a range of employers talk about why they value activities and work that students undertake outside their degrees, and how this can make a difference to the graduates they hire.

Reflect on the video

  • Were you surprised by what the employers had to say?
  • Can you see yourself engaging with any of the activities mentioned, e.g., sport, part-time work or volunteering?
  • Think about something that you enjoy doing. Can you identify how this activity might develop a transferable skill?
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