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Graduates 'need to improve languages' to work abroad

Published: Wednesday, 28 November 2007   Category: Career Advice

British graduates do not work abroad as much as Europeans because their language skills are not up to scratch, according to the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS).

British Magazine reports that 1.26 million British graduates are currently living abroad, but AGCAS says that graduates need to have good language skills or have studied in an area that is suffering from a shortage of graduates to be "marketable abroad".

Elspeth Farrar, communications director at AGCAS said: "In terms of countries' graduates working abroad, I would suspect that the UK probably has a slightly smaller percentage than other countries. Generally speaking, UK graduates have traditionally not had language skills that they've been able to capitalise on, which limits them to where they can go and work abroad."

Ms Farrar also said that people looking for graduate careers abroad should focus on their language skills, get experience of vocational internships abroad and do "part of their degree course in an exchange abroad".

According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) the UK has had more highly skilled expatriates move away to foreign countries than highly skilled foreign immigrants come into the country.

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