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Extra-curricular activities 'important' for graduate job seekers

Published: Friday, 02 July 2010   Category: Gap year, volunteering and charities

Graduate job hunters should engage in as many extra-curricular activities as possible in order to stand out from the crowd, according to one expert.

Martin Pennington, director of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), admitted that the current jobs market is looking competitive for the Class of 2010.

However, he explained that there are certain value-adding extras that university leavers can undertake which may help them gain an advantage over other applicants.

"These are not just things that you do if you fancy it or you've got the time, but things that are highly regarded - to the extent that they are going to be included on degree reports and therefore form part of your offer to any potential employer," he said.

Mr Pennington listed volunteering, working for the student union and being a student ambassador as three examples of activities which may curry favour with employers.

AGCAS aims to use the skills of its higher education careers practitioners to help university leavers secure employment.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19871700-ADNFCR

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