A cautionary tale to follow up my previous post on the importance of English grades.
I recently heard about a graduate who applied for a job in one of the major accountancy firms – a job that you’d imagine would place most emphasis on numeracy. His degree was in medical sciences but for various reasons he had decided he didn’t want to pursue a career in medicine. They turned him down and the reason given to him was that he only had a ‘C’ in English Language GCSE and they required a ‘B’. He offered to retake it but they were adamant that the first attempt grade was the one they took into consideration.