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Graduates urged to remain 'upbeat'

Published: Monday, 20 April 2009   Category: Career Advice

A Bradford student union leader has encouraged those looking for graduate jobs in the current economic climate to stay positive.

The calls come after a National Union of Students (NUS) survey which showed that 86 per cent of current students are "concerned" or "very concerned" by prospects for graduate employment in the future, according to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus.

Lloyd Russell-Mole, secretary and treasurer for the Bradford NUS branch, said that hype about the lack of graduate jobs was to blame for encouraging negative outlooks for employment.

He told the newspaper: "Students now need to be thinking what extra can I do educationally, whether it is being part of a group or society, getting work experience and community volunteering."

A recent survey by big four accounting firm KPMG revealed that graduates were more likely to look for jobs which would increase their skills over employment security and salary.

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