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Work experience key to graduate success


The credit crunch has not made "much difference" to graduates seeking work after university, but gaining work experience will boost their chances, say industry experts.

Elspeth Farrar, communications director at the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services believes that despite media reports to the contrary, the market for graduates is still buoyant. She added that companies do not want a "skills gap" in the future by stopping the hiring of graduates in the present.

"Students are still getting jobs and companies are still recruiting, though it may be that in certain areas there is slightly more competition for places," she stated.

The Association of Graduate Recruiters recently revealed that 69.5% of organisations will have more vacancies this year than they did in 2007.

Chief executive of ClickAJob, Yngve Traberg believes that any dip in demand simply means that graduates must make themselves more competitive.

"My advice is always to grab as much relevant work experience as possible. Even just a few weeks in a junior capacity demonstrates enthusiasm, commitment and the will to get ahead."


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