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Jobs over travel, warns AGR

Published: Monday, 16 February 2009   Category: Work Experience

Current students and recent graduates have been warned that getting a job now rather than going travelling or entering into postgraduate education will provide greater prospects for future employment.

The recent report by the Association of Graduate Recruitment (AGR) said that most of the recruiters they surveyed will be looking for applicants with experience in their chosen sector, as opposed to qualifications or travel experience.

Chief executive of the AGR Carl Gilleard said: "Employers can afford to be more picky now. If you have had experience doing any sort of job, you will have gained skills and contacts and that will make you more attractive."

He added that too many graduates who go on to further education because they "didn't know what else to do" or "didn't feel like getting a job" risk appearing unattractive to employers.

Similarly, travelling is not advised unless it offers work experience.

The importance of experience in the current economic downturn will be emphasised by Student Volunteering Week, which takes place from February 23rd to March 1st and will encourage current students to increase their employability.

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