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Experience 'the clinching factor in graduate jobs'

Published: Thursday, 14 August 2008   Category: Graduate recruitment

The right gap year can help people prepare for the world of graduate jobs, according to one expert.

Ben Clifton, spokesperson for Lattitude Global Volunteering, explained that while travelling the world will not add anything to a person's CV, there are other options.

He stated that if people "find a reputable organisation" that "really does make a difference" to people's lives, then volunteers can learn some new skills that they will be able to use to impress prospective employers.

Mr Clifton said: "It really can make you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs."

Recently, Keith Dugdale, director of global recruitment at KPMG, stated that his firm puts a "huge value" on gap year experiences.

According to Mr Dugdale, the skills people acquire during this time can help candidates distinguish themselves when they apply for graduate jobs.

Time spent gaining work experience allows people to "stick out" among the thousands of "bland" applications, he stated.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18732460-ADNFCR

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