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Internships 'the way forward' in tough graduate jobs market

Published: Tuesday, 06 July 2010   Category: Work Experience

University leavers interested in a career in the arts would be well advised to seek internships rather than full-time roles at present, it has been suggested.

Victoria McKendrick-Ness, 23, has just graduated from Leeds University after securing a 2:1 degree in English and Spanish and is now looking to find a permanent job.

However, speaking to the Guardian, she explained that an unpaid position seems to be the only way forward while competition remains so stiff in the graduate jobs market.

"I've signed up for lots of websites and recruitment agencies, but there's nothing that fits what I want to do - just administrative jobs and call centres," she told the newspaper.

"The only way to get into this industry at the moment is to get an internship or work experience."

Ms McKendrick-Ness also revealed that a number of her peers are using the current economic climate as an opportunity to work in a restaurant or shop for six months and then go travelling.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency claimed recently that one in ten university leavers failed to secure a graduate job in 2009.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19876220-ADNFCR

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