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Grad jobs hunters 'seeking employment unrelated to degree'

Published: Friday, 14 November 2008   Category: Career Advice

Many university leavers intend to seek a graduate job unrelated to their degree discipline, a new study has indicated.

According to research conducted by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), more than four out of five graduates are more concerned about their job prospects than they were last year.

For around half of all students, it appears that the first priority is simply securing a worthwhile role, even if it is in an area they have little experience of.

Sonja Stockton, PwC head of student recruitment, said: "In a tight jobs market, students need to examine how their non-academic skills can combine with a good-quality degree to make their application and experience distinctive."

One of the major impacts of the market downturn being witnessed at present is some students being unable to apply to the firms they originally wanted to work for, she added.

Last week, University of Newcastle director of the careers Nick Keely told the Guardian that employers were increasingly seeking flexible graduates.

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