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Graduates 'should focus on small businesses'

Published: Tuesday, 24 March 2009   Category: Career Advice

University leavers looking for graduate jobs could benefit from focusing their search on the small business sector, according to one worker who followed this path.

Chris Mason, 23, told the Mail on Sunday how the risks of joining a small company during a period of recession can be reduced by "researching the sector" and "focusing on companies that show good financial growth prospects".

The computer science graduate took a website developer job at shiply.com when the firm was less than nine months old, with Mr Mason being the first employee taken on by the fledgling company.

He added that working for small firms can be advantageous for careers as they "rely on their employees' ability to adapt to any situation at any given moment".

"And being one of the first into a new, high-growth company means you can progress within the company far more quickly than you would in a large organisation," added Mr Mason.

Chris Morrall, speaking at the National Graduate Recruitment Fair in London, recently said that graduates should keep positive during the recession.

He added that applicants should also undertake serious research about the company before an interview.


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