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Graduate job hunters 'must be flexible'

Published: Friday, 20 November 2009   Category: Life after graduation

The rolling back of graduate job schemes due to the recession means that those still looking for graduate jobs must consider a wide range of sectors.

The Daily Telegraph reported that while companies like BT have cut their graduate recruitment programmes, others such as IT firm Symantec have displayed a commitment to university leavers by offering positions.

James Bywater, head psychologist at talent assessment company SHL, told the newspaper that a lack of graduate jobs has "led many students to widen their search and apply for roles they hadn't originally considered because they can no longer afford to put all their eggs in one basket."

The newspaper cited research from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, which places architecture and construction students as the worst positioned for graduate jobs and the most in need of having a flexible attitude towards applications.

The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services recently encouraged university leavers facing pessimistic reports about the state of the graduate job market to remember that there are still opportunities for them.


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