| The Busi­ness of Golf

Golf opens doors. There is no doubt about it. As The Kilted Cad­die writes, it is a huge plus to have on your CV whether you are ap­ply­ing to univer­sity or that cov­eted ca­reer job.

HK Golfer - - Contents - By The Kilted Cad­die

It is a huge plus to have golf on your CV whether you are ap­ply­ing to univer­sity or that cov­eted ca­reer job.

It has with­out doubt done me no harm and made up for sig­nif­i­cant short­com­ings on my aca­demic front. I al­most cer­tainly got into the Univer­sity of St An­drews as a re­sult of my 3 hand­i­cap and not on the back of my slightly lack­lus­tre Higher Grades. That was enough to get me into the first golf team in those days, back in the early eight­ies.

Not a schol­ar­ship of course as there was no such thing at St An­drews then. But a place at one of the finest uni­ver­si­ties in the land. Not that I ever shone there, scrap­ing by with a solid ‘Desmond’ in Eco­nom­ics. How­ever, I did get my golf colours, had a fling with the pret­ti­est girl in the univer­sity and a job in the City, for what it was worth (the job I mean!).

It can do you no harm in your busi­ness ca­reer either. Not ul­ti­mately for me, I’m afraid, as I made a dis­as­trous start with one of the big four ac­coun­tancy firms and am still bruised, if not dam­aged, by it. My au­dit­ing ca­reer was dead.

Notwith­stand­ing my some­what un­usual ca­reer path, how­ever, golf is seen as a huge plus on a CV for a role in the City and other dy­namic jobs. In fact, a re­cent sur­vey found that 73% of busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives and 92% of sales ex­ec­u­tives said it had helped their ca­reers.

In­deed, for car­ry­ing out busi­ness deals too. Many top ex­ec­u­tives swear by it. I cad­die for a lovely man called John Chimin­ski, the Chair­man and CEO of Catal­ent Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals. He claims to have done a vast amount of busi­ness and con­cluded sig­nif­i­cant deals on the fair­ways. He also adds, rather en­thu­si­as­ti­cally, that it is where he finds out

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