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Graduate job hopefuls 'must keep building on experiences'

Published: Friday, 17 July 2009   Category: Career Advice

While some of this year's graduates have landed a job in the sector of their choice, other will have to keep looking for opportunities to gain experience, according to one industry figure.

Thomas Usher, research fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies, said that young people are the group which has suffered the most at the hands of the current recession.

More generally, those with "little experience", such as graduates who have not yet taken up schemes such as internships, will find it hardest to compete in the tough job market, the expert stated.

He added: "Those lucky graduates who can get into their desired sectors are to be congratulated. The rest may have to delay their plans or alter their ambitions. It's important in these cases to keep adding to your CV."

Tom Hadley, director of external relations at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, recently told university leavers that employers will be looking more at extra qualities that candidates may bring to the graduate job table, rather than just a degree.


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