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Graduate career plans 'vary greatly'
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Students' plans for their graduate career path vary greatly based on a number of factors, according to an expert.
It is possible to group students into three categories in terms of their graduate career plans, said Elspeth Farrar, communications director at the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.
And Ms Farrar also highlighted the importance of allowing students to build their own image and ideas of how they how their career will progress.
"There are some students that arrive at university with very focused ideas, they reinforce those ideas throughout their degree course," she said. "There are just as many people who either come with some set ideas but as they develop, mature and get exposure to other aspects [of life], they quite frequently change their ideas.
"There are people who come to university because they enjoy their subject and they haven't really thought through exactly where it might be leading them in terms of long-term career objectives," she added.
Research undertaken by the Graduate Recruitment Company indicated that 36 per cent of students expect to enter graduate jobs within three months of leaving university, with another 22 per cent hoping to do so in the first six months after graduation.