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The team at Gradplus are pleased to provide you with coverage of the key issues and stories in the graduate sector.


Yorkshire firm aiming to manage local graduate placements

A recruitment expert has moved back to his roots in Yorkshire to help university leavers secure graduate jobs in the region.

Martin Edmondson spent six years working in London but decided to return to the north-west to take up the reins at Graduates Yorkshire, the Telegraph and Argus reports. read more...


Universities 'need reassurance' about public sector cuts

Universities need the support of the government to ensure that they can continue to provide top-class facilities for the graduates of the future.

That is the view of Pam Tatlow, chief executive of million+, who suggested that the coalition's failure to provide guarantees against institutions collapsing is "troubling". read more...


Private sector 'cannot absorb' rapid public sector job cuts

The private sector will struggle to take the brunt of public sector job cuts if they occur too quickly, according to one employment expert. read more...


Attire is key to interview success, female graduates are told

Female graduates can give themselves a major boost for a job interview by wearing the right clothes, it has been suggested.

In a recent poll conducted by Clothes Show London, the vast majority (89 per cent) of women said they wanted their companies to relax office attire rules during the summer. read more...


Graduate tax to arrive rebranded as 'contribution'

Tuition fees are set to be replaced by a new tax based on a graduate's income, the Daily Mail reports today (August 9th).

The 'graduate tax' debate has been raging in recent weeks, with business secretary Vince Cable announcing his support for the initiative last month. read more...


Young Britons 'need guidance' to find the right career

Careers advisors must make a concerted effort to inform school leavers and graduates about their choices when they decide to enter the world of work, it has been suggested.

Public services union Unison claimed recently that careers services, known as 'Connexions', are being cut by up to 50 per cent in some regions. read more...


Internet 'is helping graduates to set up businesses'

The rise of the internet gives graduates a much better opportunity to set up their own businesses, according to one recruitment expert.

Chris Wickson, co-founder of RateMyPlacement.co.uk, claimed that university leavers are more likely to establish their own firms as they do not have financial commitments such as mortgages. read more...


Graduates must 'invest in their future' to succeed in job hunt

A recent graduate has today (August 4th) offered university leavers a range of tips for succeeding in the tough jobs market at present.

Ioana Lazarov, who completed a psychology degree at the University of Wolverhampton, admitted that graduation can be filled with "stress and anxiety". read more...


Graduates 'must be better prepared for work' by education sector

Universities must work harder to ensure their students are ready for the workplace when they graduate, it has been suggested.

Chris Wickson, co-founder of RateMyPlacement.co.uk, admitted that universities offer a great chance for young Britons to receive valuable skills and experiences. read more...


Graduate job hunters must have 'passion, chutzpah and energy'

Companies are looking for graduates with "some passion, some chutzpah, some energy", it has been suggested.

University leavers are currently in an extremely competitive jobs market, with recent Association of Graduate Recuriters research suggesting that there are now 68.8 applicants for every position. read more...

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