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Careers services need to improve to help graduate job hunters

Published: Friday, 09 October 2009   Category: Career Advice

Universities need to make sure their careers services are up to scratch if they are to help alumni into graduate jobs.

That is according to CV consultancy the Write Stuff, which was responding to Higher Education Careers Services Unit figures revealing 63 per cent of former students did not use the facilities.

With 42 per cent of graduate job hunters going to friends and family for career advice, the organisation said that universities have a responsibility to help them avoid unemployment.

Peter Panayotou, senior consultant with the group, said: "Universities don't do enough - they may not consider it their responsibility to improve their career service but, really, it is. Lots of graduates that my company deal with feel that their university did not offer them enough career support."

Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services director Martin Pennington recently encouraged university leavers to remember that, while jobs are scarce, there are still many opportunities left for them.

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