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Gap year considered by graduate jobseekers

Published: Wednesday, 26 November 2008   Category: Career Advice

One third of university leavers are considering taking a gap year at the conclusion of their studies, new research has indicated.

A study conducted by Bright Futures indicates that three-quarters of final year students are concerned about their chances of securing a place on a graduate training scheme in the current economic environment.

Of those hoping to enter the world of work immediately, two-fifths of those interviewed said they would apply earlier than is the norm, while the same proportion said they may consider work in sectors they had not envisaged.

According to Bright Futures, 65 per cent of graduates entering employment expect to take a lower salary than they had originally hoped for.

Speaking to the Guardian, the University of Liverpool's careers and employability service head Dr Paul Redmond claimed that the best graduate jobs are still obtainable for the right candidates.

He suggested that applicants take extra care with their CVs to avoid the inclusion of spelling mistakes and other grammatical errors.

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