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AGR events to 'set record straight' about graduate jobs
Thursday, 21 May 2009
The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has said that media coverage of its report on the state of recruitment for university leavers, published in February this year, was too negatively-focused.
In order to address this, the organisation has announced it will hold a series of events in order to raise awareness of the more positive findings of its Graduate Recruitment Survey.
While many focused on the estimated total of 5.4 per cent less graduate jobs for 2009, they failed to point out positive facts like the expected 12.5 per cent increase for the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry, according to chief executive Carl Gilleard, speaking in the Independent.
The events will help graduates to see that there are still opportunities for employment out there, according to Mr Gilleard.
He told the newspaper: "We hope they will relay these insights to the young people graduating this year so they can get a more balanced picture of what is happening in the graduate jobs market."
Shortly after the release of the AGR report, Mr Gilleard wrote in the Times that graduate recruitment has not been as drastically affected as in past recessions because employers have learnt from their mistakes.