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Graduates 'must broaden their horizons'

Published: Friday, 12 December 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Graduates must broaden their horizons and improve their employability if they are going to compete for jobs on an international level, it has been claimed.

Making his comments to the Guardian, Malcolm McVicar, vice-chancellor of the University of Central Lancaster, stated that as major companies can recruit from anywhere in the world it is important for graduates to make sure they are being competitive.

For example, he noted that many graduates could be benefit from brushing up on their foreign language skills and studying or travelling abroad for a while.

"Students really should broaden their horizons to compete with international students who commonly live, study and work abroad and who often speak two languages or more," Mr McVicar stated.

It was previously reported in the Times that a survey by TMP Worldwide and the Association of Graduate Recruiters highlighted that many graduates are sticking to safer job choices, such as public sector work, rather than opting for a career in the City.

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