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Expert warns against benefits of graduate scheme

Published: Thursday, 06 August 2009   Category: Work Experience

The recently announced funding from the government to help those struggling to find a graduate job take up work experience abroad has been criticised by an industry figure.

Steve Huxham, chairman of the Recruitment Society, believes that the initiative, which will provide 500 charity work placements in countries like Borneo and Costa Rica, will not improve graduate job prospects.

Mr Huxham advised university leavers to instead increase the amount of applications they hand out, and try to join a training scheme while continuing the search for a graduate job.

He added: "There is another danger which is that if they go away and expectation builds up that this is going to really help, they get back and they find that actually it makes no difference whatsoever. You are just ten weeks further down the line looking for a job."

Mr Huxham previously said that taking a graduate job abroad is only recommended if it is demanded by the university leaver's specific career interests.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19300738-ADNFCR

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