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Graduate jobs gloom 'caused by media'

Published: Wednesday, 27 May 2009   Category: Life after graduation

The constant reporting of negative statistics regarding the state of the graduate jobs market has contributed to the pessimism of those leaving university this summer with hopes of employment, according to one expert.

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) released a report last month which said that 60 per cent of employers were planning to reduce the number of positions available to university leavers this year.

According to the BBC, Linda Murdoch, a representative from the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services in Scotland, said that students are now cynical of the opportunities available to them in the graduate jobs market.

She told the news provider: "They think there are no jobs, so there's no point in trying. There are opportunities out there for those who are willing to look for them. You've got to be pro-active during a recession, because it's an invitation not to be pro-active."

The media was also blamed by Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the AGR, who told the Independent that it focused too much on the negative data.


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