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Graduates should not view part-time work as a "step down"

Published: Monday, 19 July 2010   Category: Work Experience

Graduates can improve their appeal with employers by undertaking part-time and voluntary work, it has been suggested.

Tanya de Grunwald, founder of career advice website GraduateFog.co.uk, explained that the Class of 2010 should not view temporary work as a "step down" from their degree.

She noted that filling such roles can prevent gaps from appearing on individuals' CVs and demonstrate a "strong work ethic" which will stand them in good stead when applying for a job.

"They may not be glamorous long-term solutions, but part-time work, temping and volunteering are all worthwhile," she said.

"Have faith that future employers will recognise that you were overqualified for that bar job or envelope stuffing gig and be impressed that you took what you could get."

Ms de Grunwald added that graduates are now increasingly focusing on paying off their debts as a result of the competitive jobs market in the current economic climate.

Last week, Jonathan Shackleton, head of communication at the Robert Gordon University, told the Press and Journal that summer work can make a candidate "stand out from the crowd".ADNFCR-1068-ID-19896686-ADNFCR

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