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Graduates look at employment in the long term, says KPMG

Published: Friday, 17 April 2009   Category: Life after graduation

A new survey by big four professional services firm KPMG has revealed that graduates are more worried about what skills a job will offer them over job security and salary.

Surveying over 400 current students looking for graduate jobs this summer, the research found that 43 per cent of students said that improving skills was the most important factor in choosing an employer.

Only 28 per cent were looking for job security while 11 per cent were concerned about a high salary, illustrating students' desires for a graduate job with value in the long term.

Ruth Elwood, head of recruitment at KPMG, said: "It is striking that students rate training and development as more important than job security or even salary. Clearly the recession is making them think about their long-term prospects, not just their first job."

The Surrey Comet recently reported that Kingston University will open its £1 million training and skills centre next month, aimed at offering advice for graduates to improve employability.


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