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Graduate internships recommended 'if meaningful'

Published: Tuesday, 07 July 2009   Category: Work Experience

A graduate jobs expert has warned university leavers looking to take an internship due to the lack of paid employment that they should do so to gain experience.

Chris Morall, managing director of HR coaching firm of Talent Transitions, said that many people assume graduate internships are simply a way of getting a foot in the door at the company, rather than gaining skills.

But Mr Morall advised graduates to consider internships only if they are meaningful and if they increase chances of employability by adding value to a CV.

He added: "Don't go and do an internship and bury yourself in the internship hoping it will result in a job. You still have to keep looking for jobs."

An event in St Albans recently gave employers the opportunity to learn about the positive aspects of taking on university leavers for graduate internships.

Organised by the East of England Development Agency, the conference saw minister for skills David Lammy address the crowd on the subject of the government's Graduate Talent Pool scheme, according to Business Weekly.


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