Alex Miller takes a look at why both employers and academics place such emphasis on the ability of trainees to pass their exams at the first time of asking.
The jobs market is a tough environment in which to shine, with employers using ever-stricter criteria to filter down trainee applications to find the right candidate. As a result, from an employer point of view, it has arguably never been so crucial to try to achieve first time exam passes.
It is perhaps more important to avoid resits than achieve top marks, certainly as you progress through your career.
Employers can be put off by trainees taking a long time to complete their course and are increasingly unlikely to pay for retakes, while getting ever tighter with study leave. If they do offer study leave or fund courses they want to be confident that you’ll pass first time.