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Many graduate vacancies 'expect' students to take unpaid work experience first

Published: Thursday, 10 February 2011   Category: Work Experience

University leavers looking for graduate vacancies in some employment areas "will be expected" to work for free for some time before entering a full-time job.

That is according to a careers advice expert, who said that media employers are particularly keen on prospective workers gaining graduate work experience.

Tanya de Grunwald, founder of Graduate Fog website, said that graduate work experience is a huge advantage for university leavers.

"If graduates have set their sights on careers in media, politics or the charity sector, they will be expected to work for free for at least several months," she said.

"[This will allow graduates to] gain experience before they will be considered for an entry level job."

Working through university may also be a good choice for students hoping to secure a graduate role at the end of their course.

The current economic climate is seeing more students - and university-leavers - taking temporary work in their local town while looking for graduate vacancies, Ms de Grunwald said.

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