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Graduate job preparation scheme honours first students

Published: Tuesday, 25 May 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

A special award designed to prepare graduates for entering the job market will be presented for the first time next month.

The Lancaster Award aims to ensure that university leavers develop the skills desired by employers through a combination of work experience, volunteering and social activities.

After completing a skills audit and job application, the students involved in the scheme are asked to appear in front of a mock job interview panel of an employer and career advisor.

Devised by the Centre for Enterprise, Employability and Careers, the scheme has already been successfully completed by 100 students, with a further 700 now signed up.

"Graduates face a greater challenge and more competition for jobs than ever before," said John Morewood, European graduate recruitment manager at HSBC.

"The Lancaster Award helps students demonstrate that they have developed and possess the personal, social and employability skills that are invaluable to HSBC and other graduate recruiters across all sectors."

Last week, USA Today columnist Laura Petrecca urged university leavers to be "creative" in their job hunt by considering roles which may not be obviously connected to their degrees.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19798999-ADNFCR

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