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Graduate job hunters advised against taking gap year or postgrad

Published: Tuesday, 09 February 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

Recent university leavers looking to gain an edge in the increasingly competitive graduate recruitment market have been advised by employers on the best ways to get ahead once they leave higher education.

In the recent Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) survey which questioned 214 graduate employers across Britain, different pieces of advice were ranked in order of value to help those looking for degree-level jobs make the right choices.

The need to conduct in-depth research into employers and sectors was rated the smartest course of action, closely followed by actively gaining interview practice and showing a willingness to relocate.

Those forced to delay their search for a graduate job were recommended to either take temporary paid work, skills training or unpaid work, while taking a gap year was considered a less popular decision.

The lowest-ranked decision for graduates to make was to embark on another further education qualification.

Overall the survey was positive and Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the AGR, said: "Today's survey suggests that the graduate employment market is starting to normalise and to begin the process of recovery."ADNFCR-1068-ID-19605136-ADNFCR

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