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Careers advice 'vital to graduates'

Published: Thursday, 15 January 2009   Category: Career Advice

Graduates and university students concerned about their job prospects should seek all the careers information and advice they can, it has been suggested.

Speaking to the BBC, Mike Hill, chief executive of the Higher Education Careers Services (Hecsu), said young people also needed to widen their horizons if they wish to secure employment befitting of their skills and attributes.

He commented that there are hundreds of different professions to choose from, adding that graduates should consider all options related to their degree.

"People need to cast their nets wider, look at professions related to their field and take careers advice," he added.

According to a survey of Hecsu members, which include university careers services, graduates who are willing to undertake unpaid work experience may experience greater success as they search for employment than those who simply rely on past academic achievements.

Graduates are also urged to be imaginative as they seek employment and not be too proud to accept a job they believe may be beneath their qualities.

Last month, David Hurst, managing director of Onrec.com, urged jobseekers to look online as they hunt for employment opportunities.

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