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Careers services 'must highlight wealth of graduate opportunities'

Published: Friday, 17 September 2010   Category: Career Advice

University careers services have a responsibility to ensure that students feel positive about the number of graduate opportunities available to them, it has been suggested.

Jane Artess, director of research at the Higher Education Careers Service Unit, claimed that younger students tend to be less aware of the service than their older counterparts.

However, she explained that they can offer a valuable resource for Britons who are worried about securing a full-time role in the current competitive jobs market.

She said: "The thing to do is enthuse people about careers and help them to understand that there are some really good opportunities out there despite the recession.

"The negative view presented of employment opportunities has been off-putting for some students. They assume there are no jobs and perhaps don't look as carefully as they should."

Ms Artess added that making careers services compulsory, as some higher education officials have suggested, would not necessarily increase their popularity.

Earlier this week, Endsleigh called for university careers services to be turned into not-for-profit recruitment consultancies specialising in finding work for graduates located close to the institution.

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