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'Experience needed for graduate jobs'
Friday, 08 August 2008
Those looking for graduate jobs will need more than just a good degree, according to one expert.
Anne Fairweather, head of public policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), explained that although academic qualifications are still important, employers are looking for candidates with "something extra".
She said: "Graduates need to think long and hard about the other types of experience that they have - other working experience and any work they've done on a voluntary basis."
Candidates can use this to demonstrate that they have the practical skills needed to do a job rather than just the theoretical qualifications, she added.
It will also help them prove to employers that they have the drive needed to be successful, Ms Fairweather stated.
The Association of Graduate Recruiters Graduate Recruitment Summer Review, published at the start of last month, revealed that the number of graduate jobs on offer increased by 11.7 per cent on last year's figure.