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Community service is better than an MBA

sarah murray | financial times | 11 june 2015

PA’s global head of human resources, Emma Hardaker-Jones, is quoted in a feature in the Financial Times on the rising number of organisations looking for candidates that have some community service or volunteering programmes on their CV.

The article explains that certain industries, such as professional services firms and banks, are looking for talent beyond the usual qualifications and MBA programmes. Recruiters believe that a candidate's experience and skills in community service programmes, for example, makes them more attractive to employers.

Emma believes that this is hugely important. “The exposure to challenging inner-city schools and the types of interpersonal skills these individuals have to develop is quite different from sitting in an office, so we find that very desirable”, says Emma.

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The article goes on to say that more and more companies are looking to community service organisations for candidates. PA is a Teach First sponsor who actively recruits from the organisation. Emma explains: “We see that as an interesting longer-term source of students for us.”

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