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Graduate job hunters' confidence remains despite increased competition
Monday, 08 February 2010
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A survey of graduate job hunters has revealed that despite an increase in competition across the board, a quarter of university leavers were confident that they would find a graduate job this year.
The survey, by recruitment firm Alexander Mann Solutions, showed that more than half of last year's university leavers are thinking of applying for degree-level jobs this year in addition to two-thirds of 2010 graduates.
Yet even though the competition is fierce, it seems that graduates remain certain they will secure a place on a hotly contested graduate recruitment scheme.
Some 26 per cent of the 300 recent graduates and undergraduates said they were optimistic of finding a position this year, while 24 per cent of 2009 graduates said they had been working in a degree-level capacity since leaving higher education.
Clodagh Bannigan, head of client services at the firm, said: "It is certainly the case that competition in the graduate jobs market is tougher than ever this year."