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Graduate job hunters 'should stay in UK'

Published: Thursday, 09 July 2009   Category: Life after graduation

Those looking for a graduate job at the moment should not look abroad unless they have a specific career interest which demands it, according to one expert.

Steve Huxham, chairman of membership body The Recruitment Society, said that moving abroad for a graduate job because of the recession is not advisable because the economic crisis is a global one and other countries are facing the same situation.

Not unless there is a particular desire to do so, or if the graduate has skills which are marketable in certain geographic locations, should university leavers look away from the UK when considering a job, according to Mr Huxham.

He added: "Unless your plan is to make a permanent move abroad - you've got to come back sometime. Will the skills acquired with such a move make you at that point more or less marketable than your peers who 'stuck it out' in the UK job market?"

For those who are making the move to a foreign country for a graduate job could be at a disadvantage if they do not have the necessary linguistics skills, Kathryn Board, chief executive of CILT, the National Centre for Languages, recently said.


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