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Tougher competition spoils outlook
Staff Reporter
update on Friday, May 13, 2011

This year, employers in the United States plan to hire nearly 20 per cent more college graduates than they did in 2010, according to the spring survey of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Despite a rosier outlook, competition will remain high, partly because this year's alumni will compete with graduates from 2009 and 2010, those who entered the workforce during a recession, or the early stages of recovery.

To stand out, students are starting their internships and work experience earlier — foregoing holiday plans even as early as freshman year. The Record

Quirky theory on odd youngsters  

Alexandra Robbins, author of the new book The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School, believes that social exclusion as a teenager can be one of the best indicators of future success. Creativity, individuality and passion are central to what she calls "The Quirk Theory".

They are traits, Robbins believes, that can make it difficult for youngsters to fit in with the "in-crowd."

But outside of the school environment, they become the real-world skills that others will value, love, respect, or find compelling about that person.

She said there are many celebrity examples of the Quirk Theory, including fellow-author JK Rowling, who has described herself as "a squat, bespectacled child who lived mostly in books and daydreams". She said she was bullied at school because she was different. Daily Mail

How credentials affect ageing  

The value of a good education may apply to more than just career prospects. According to researchers from University College London, those who pass more exams before leaving formal education stay biologically younger than their years. In contrast, those with fewer qualifications are prone to age more quickly, with their lack of achievement leaving a lifelong mark. This pattern is not changed by social and economic status later in life. Daily Mail

Health problems weigh on students  

Many university students in Beijing suffer from health problems such as poor eyesight, obesity and being underweight. Peking University's research on 11,046 students says obesity is male students' biggest concern while female students worry more about being underweight. Health experts trace their problems to heavy study pressure and unhealthy diets. China Daily 

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