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Changing qualifications ‘common practice’ to improve job prospects, says HEDD

Mon, 9 Jun 2014
Changing or embellishing qualifications to help beat the tough jobs market and improve chances of employment is becoming common practice for students and graduates, according to a recent survey from Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD).

The survey found that 31% of students and graduates know someone who had lied about their qualifications and 37% said that it had become commonplace to improve chances of getting a job. In addition, 2% admitted to embellishing qualifications themselves, while 7% had considered it.

Of those who know someone who has embellished qualifications on a CV, 40% had inflated their grade, 31% lied about the proportion of the course they had completed, 11% falsely claimed that they had a degree and 4% had changed the subject of their degree.
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