11 December 2014

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of talking to Kayley Thomas on BBC Radio Wales. The topic was education and whether or not doing well at school has any bearing on your future. It’s an interesting debate, and whilst some employers clearly still place a lot of value on CVs with impressive results, I would argue that by focusing solely on this, they’re actually missing a trick.

snowdonPersonally, I don’t really pay much attention to CVs. I do look at the sport and outside interests, but I don’t think a CV really measures an individual as a human being. I think you’ve got to look into the whites of someone’s eyes and ask them really what makes them tick.

Does achieving a first in a University degree or being very academic guarantee that you’ll be good at communication or that you will even be happy in the job role on offer? I think we have to be really careful to ensure we find the right people for the right role, and not just look for university graduates to fill up all of our jobs. What about the rest of these kids? What about the things they have to offer, the skills that can’t be taught?

This is what we look for, and whilst I understand that taking groups of people to climb Snowdon and get involved with raft-building and cat and mouse is very different, perhaps unorthodox, we run a 24 hour business and we need people – a little bit like the ambulance service – who are going to be there for our customers when they need them the most. We can teach people the skills they need through our training and education programme, but if they don’t have the right attitude or share certain values, neither party will be happy in the long run.

What do you think? Did doing well in school or university make a difference to your personal or professional success later in life?

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