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Graduates snub blue chip firms

Published: Monday, 23 November 2009   Category: Life after graduation

More university leavers are looking to take up a graduate job with a small business as bigger companies close the doors on recruitment schemes.

According to Claire Hudson, head of career management at Manchester Business School, more students are gearing up to go straight into a graduate job with a small enterprise, as well as alumni who have already had experience at a big firm.

However, those keen on a graduate job in a more intimate setting will have to be proactive as small companies do not have the same resources as blue chip businesses, This is Money reported.

The newspaper spoke to 25-year-old graduate Kathleen MacDonald, who found a job with Community Energy Scotland after leaving university.

"I was recruited into an assistant role but was given responsibility very quickly. A few weeks ago I was promoted to development officer. I'm not sure that would have happened as quickly in a large company," she explained.

The government should invest £3 million into graduate internships at local firms as well as increase the national minimum wage for apprentices to £123 a week, the Federation of Small Businesses recently said.


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