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Oxbridge students prefer work/life balance

21 Nov 2008

Oxbridge students prefer work/life balance Oxbridge students put a good work/life balance ahead of pursuing their career, according to new research.

Almost three-quarters of respondents to a survey carried out by media recruitment firm Top Employers, said that striking a good work/life balance was the most important factor when choosing an employer.

Some 72 per cent said they would look into a business's ethical practices and the same amount also expected a good variety of work throughout the course of their job.

The research showed that early responsibility, rapid advancement and an entrepreneurial environment all rated low down on the list of workplace priorities.

Commenting on the results of the survey, director of the firm Sebastian Donovan said: "I was surprised at the lack of importance placed on factors such as entrepreneurial environment and rapid advancement for high achievers."

"Even salary seemed to be a fair way down the priority list," he added.

In related news, Oxford and Cambridge universities are set to start accepting candidates with an advanced diploma in engineering – starting in 2010, reports the BBC.

Candidates will also be expected to have a physics A-level, the news provider states.

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