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Anxiety over jobs 'can affect graduates' futures'

Published: Wednesday, 27 May 2009   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

There is a risk that graduate jobseekers will start to shun the jobs market due to concerns that there are no positions available, one expert has stated.

According to Sarah Shillingford, graduate recruitment partner at big four firm Deloitte, too much anxiety over job prospects can be damaging to students' futures.

"We must help graduates avoid the 'career paralysis' trap, which is often triggered when fear sets in and inaction takes over," she added.

Ms Shillingford went on to say that Deloitte's graduate intake has not altered significantly in the last few years and it plans to take on approximately 1,000 graduates in its 2010 application process.

Her comments came after research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and KPMG's Labour Market Outlook revealed that less than half of firms questioned plan to take on graduates in the coming three months.

However, a number of other employers have already said that they will be maintaining graduate recruitment throughout the recession, with attendees at the fifth annual National Graduate Recruitment Awards last week pledging to continue supplying opportunities.

Both PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM told the Guardian that providing graduate jobs is important to retaining a skilled workforce.

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