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Graduates turn to private tutoring

Published: Tuesday, 16 June 2009   Category: Life after graduation

With the media reporting that graduate recruiters will be holding back employment for the rest of 2009, this year's Oxbridge leavers are hoping to earn money through the mentoring of school pupils looking to get into private school.

Graduates from the prestigious universities have been setting up their own agencies, according to the London Evening Standard, charging for the service of guiding children through their GCSEs and A-levels.

Instead of trying to get a public sector teaching job, students like Malachy Guinness are using their newly-gained qualifications to set up their own businesses.

Mr Guinness told the news provider: "I had an interest in teaching and did not want a full-time job straight away and the flexibility of tutoring was a big appeal."

Others are still heading for public sector jobs however, with the recent High Fliers UK Graduate Careers Survey finding that a sixth more university leavers are applying for teaching positions.

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