Wednesday 10th July 2013: Graduates who participated in sport at university earn an average £5,824 (18 per cent) more per year than their non-sporting counterparts.
New research from British Universities & Colleges Sport reveals that the current average salary of graduates who engaged with sport at university is £32,552, compared with £26,728 for those who did not.
And the positive effects of sports participation go beyond earning power, according to the BUCS’ Impact of Sport on Graduate Employability study. More than half (51 per cent) of graduates say sporting involvement has helped them develop team work skills and leadership qualities in the workplace.
Employers also recognise the benefits of sport in developing career-enhancing qualities, with more than nine in 10 (94 per cent) of those questioned identifying a clear link between university sport participation and valuable skills and strengths in potential employees.
Furthermore, more than a quarter (27 per cent) of graduates who did not play sport at university have experienced a period of unemployment at some point in their career, compared with just over one in five (21 per cent) of those who did participate in sport.
With 5,838 students and 112 of the UK’s top blue-chip graduate employers taking part in the study – conducted by the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University – the results prove employers view involvement in sport outside of academic courses as a hugely beneficial addition to the skill-set for an individual’s future value to their organisations.
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