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Graduates 'should get work experience'

Published: Monday, 29 June 2009   Category: Career Advice

People set to look for graduate jobs in the near future need to ensure they are equipped with valuable work experience, according to one expert.

Euros Evans, head of the careers service at the University of Glamorgan, has told the Western Mail that students leaving education are facing a "unique set of challenges" to find a graduate job.

He added that the economic downturn has "strengthened the need" for students to get some work experience before embarking on their job hunt.

Mr Evans warned that some graduates are "being negatively influenced" by media coverage which suggests decreasing job prospects after university.

He added: "When the economy does recover graduates need to put themselves in a position to be ready to take on the new opportunities which will present themselves and to get their career aspirations back on track."

The newspaper recently reported that the Entrepreneurship Foundation at the University of Wales in Newport was set up to help utilise the skills available in graduates throughout Wales.
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