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Graduates 'sticking to safe job choices'

Published: Thursday, 11 December 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Graduates are increasingly playing it safe regarding their first jobs as many companies lower their recruitment, it has been claimed.

According to a recent survey by TMP Worldwide and the Association of Graduate Recruiters, rather than heading for a highly-paid career in the City, many graduates are favouring the public sector, with the civil service attracting more interest, reports the Times.

Neil Harrison, the head of research and planning at TMP Worldwide, told the newspaper: "At the moment, graduates are going for what they see as safer career options. It will be interesting to see whether the civil service and teaching professions have a problem retaining graduates in two or three years' time."

Some two-thirds of those questioned during the study said they would be more flexible about the kind of work they took.

The study also highlighted that graduates are also being forced to be more proactive about finding a job, with people applying for more positions and getting their applications in earlier.

It was recently reported that the the International Federation of Accountants' Global Leadership Survey 2008 indicates that accountancy roles will continue to increase in the coming year, particularly in the audit and assurance, accounting, tax, and advisory areas.

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