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Graduates shirking unpaid roles 'over student debt worries'

Published: Tuesday, 20 July 2010   Category: Work Experience

Graduates are growing reluctant to take unpaid roles as they are concerned about their financial situations, according to new research.

The National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) conducted a survey of 1,165 students and graduates which found that 82 per cent are unaware of work experience opportunities in their local area.

In addition, the study revealed that three out of every four (74 per cent) respondents are not planning to apply for intern work this summer as they are worried about their student debts mounting further.

"Graduates desperately need some work experience to add to their CV to make them a better prospect for employers," said Heather Collier, director of the NCWE.

"With rising levels of unemployment, this is vital. There are a lot of unpaid internships around at the moment, but there are also many paid placements, particularly locally."

Ms Collier added that individuals who decide to fill unpaid positions should ensure they decide their boundaries to avoid being "exploited" by such roles.

Tanya de Grunwald, founder of careers advice website GraduateFog.co.uk, claimed recently that part-time work, temping and volunteering are "all worthwhile" for graduates.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19899206-ADNFCR

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