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Internships 'a good way for graduate job hunters to stand out'

Published: Wednesday, 27 May 2009   Category: Work Experience

Internships are an "excellent" way to help graduates stand out from the crowd when job hunting, it has been claimed.

According to Johnny Rich, editor of Push.co.uk, an independent guide to all things student-related, while having a degree is one way to stand out, there are lots of people with a university education and some relevant work experience can make people stand out in a crowd of graduates.

However, he added that there is some "unfairness" surrounding internships as they are often unpaid and therefore the people who can afford to do them often have private resources, such as financial help from their parents.

Mr Rich also advised that graduates are better off undertaking an unpaid internship that is relevant to their chosen field rather than a paid one in another sector.

Earlier this month, the government announced the launch of its Graduate Talent Pool which aims to link university leavers with firms offering internships.

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