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The Benefits

No one can deny how difficult it is to stand out from the crowd, particularly when you’re applying for a job. Wherever you choose to study, you will most likely find a wealth of opportunities and experiences available to you. The HEAR is a way of differentiating yourself from others and showing employers what you’ve got to offer that’s different to everyone else sat in the interview queue. The HEAR does not replace your CV, degree certificate or interview skills (unfortunately!), but it does help to clearly set out your achievements, both academic and extra-curricular.

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What do you get from a HEAR?

1) The HEAR is updated by your university throughout your course and it can usually be accessed by you electronically throughout this time. You can track your progress, set development goals and identify areas with your career advisors and personal tutors that could be made stronger. Simply, you can make sure you’re making the most of your experience.

2) When you graduate you’ll have a recognised and permanent report that includes academic information about your course and what you had to do to achieve each module and grade, making your studies come to life. It can also include awards and recognised extra-curricular activities, including university sports, societies and volunteering. Although the report is standardised to make it easy to use, your university will have clear guidance as to what will be included.

3) A HEAR is a maximum of six pages broken down into eight simple sections, which you can use to help you structure your CV and covering letters when applying for jobs or post-graduate study. The HEAR can also help with talent matching, meaning that you can connect with employers that are looking for people with your education, skills and interests. If you’re a match, you’ll receive an email to let you know but your personal data is never shared. Large graduate recruiters can also find it useful to have a validated report of your skills and education – reducing the time they need to spend verifying this information.

Why does the HEAR matter to employers?

Record numbers of students are working hard and achieving good grades at university. In fact, 20% of graduates achieved a first-class degree in 2014, while 51% got an upper second*. So you can imagine how difficult it is for employers trying to identify the next set of talent. Employers are no longer just looking for a good grade, they want to find graduates who have taken advantage of the whole education experience and can demonstrate their skills and knowledge. You can use your HEAR to become more self-aware and focus on getting the most out of your time at university. Employers know that this is a vital part of your development and it makes you more likely to be a candidate they want to hire.

*Higher Education Statistics Agency (2015)

Still not convinced? Watch this video to find out more about how the HEAR could help you stand out to employers.