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Britons heading to China to find graduate opportunities

Published: Thursday, 26 August 2010   Category: Work Experience

Hundreds of young university leavers are heading out to China in order to find graduate opportunities, according to a new report published yesterday (August 25th).

With recent research by the Association of Graduate Recruiters suggesting there are now almost 69 applicants for each graduate job, finding work is a tough proposition for the Class of 2010.

In an interview with BBC News, recent graduate Joanna Page revealed that she has accepted a work experience placement with a financial firm in Beijing after failing to land a full-time position in the UK.

"It's just extremely competitive at the moment. Only two out of a group of 15 of us have gone straight into a job," the 21-year-old told the news provider.

"It seems a 2:1 degree is almost not enough any more and so extra work experience and achievements and skills do give you that extra edge over other candidates."

Ms Page added that she hopes the graduate work experience role will demonstrate her versatility, commitment and adaptability to potential employers when she returns home.

Meanwhile, Gerwyn Davies, public policy adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, recently told graduates to look for jobs in sectors where there are skill shortages.

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