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Graduate training schemes 'worth it'

Published: Monday, 23 November 2009   Category: Work Experience

Although competition to get onto a graduate training scheme has increased since the recession began, one university leaver has encouraged young people to "keep at it".

Matt Tasker, who enrolled onto the two-year RWE npower training scheme in September after graduating from Loughborough University, applied to many similar initiatives before finding success.

Speaking to the Guardian, the computing and management graduate warned that application processes can involve timed aptitude and numerical tests, phone interviews, psychometric tests, competency-based interviews and even group exercises and presentations.

"It is a long, hard process but you just have to keep going at it. The assessment centres were quite scary. Everyone tries to be smiley and polite, but you also know it is competitive. The important thing is just to try and be yourself," he told the newspaper.

Students currently on technology postgraduate courses in Ireland could receive jobs training as part of a new scheme from the Institute of Technology Research Alliance, the Irish Times recently reported.


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