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Internships make graduates more employable, says survey
Friday, 27 February 2009
Graduates looking for recruitment can make themselves more attractive to employers if they take internships, according to a new survey of students by TMP Worldwide.
Seventy-six per cent of those surveyed said that internships would improve employability of graduates after university, while 63 per cent said they also improved networking skills, 60 per cent said they improved teamwork skills and 54 per cent said they improved a graduate's ability to demonstrate initiative.
The survey also showed that students think internships give a good opportunity to see what the working world is like, giving graduates a head start once they leave higher education.
Neil Harrison, head of research and planning at TMP Worldwide, said: "In a highly competitive and tough jobs market students need to do everything they can to improve their employability and get ahead of the game."
Graduate job seekers have already been urged to apply for internships or volunteer instead of doing nothing in order to improve their CVs and help their chances of employment when looking for a paid job.