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Published on October 3rd, 2015 | by Flipside

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Student Rejected From Graduate Scheme Despite Having Edinburgh Award

An Edinburgh University student has been left emotionally broken and disillusioned today, after being rejected from Deloitte’s Tax Graduate Scheme, despite being the recipient of a highly prestigious Edinburgh Award in his first year.

Lawrie Ladkins, a fourth year EU and Business Studies student received his rejection from the company after the CV stage of their selection process, despite underlining and italicizing the award at the top of his application.

Ladkins, who was presented with the Edinburgh Award for Commitment and Perseverance, after going out for four consecutive nights in his Freshers’ Week, said: “The Edinburgh Award not getting you onto a graduate scheme, considering all the effort it takes, is ridiculous. What next? A Bronze DofE not getting you into Manchester Metropolitan University?”

The tragic event has led to the University of Edinburgh’s Careers’ Service, which once referred to the Award as “CV Gold Dust” acknowledging the competitiveness of the job market, whilst defending the award’s continuation.

Janet Jobsworthy, from the Careers Service, said: “Whilst we must concede that the Edinburgh Award is no longer enough on its own to secure graduates a job, to discontinue it would most certainly lower employment within the university community.

” When pressed as to the exact areas of the university community where lower employment could be expected, Jobsworthy said: “Well, for a start we have two staff members at the Careers Service who run the award, and they’d be out of a job wouldn’t they?”

Following that comment Jobsworthy had to cut the interview short to go to a meeting about the pilot of the new Edinburgh Award for Sexual Liberalism, awarded to students who can prove, with written confirmation, that they have slept with over twelve students in a single semester. Despite this particular award attracting over 1000 applicants a day, only three people have ever actually received it.

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