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Mars sees 100% rise in graduate job applications

Published: Wednesday, 26 August 2009   Category: Food and drink

There is tough competition for those hoping to get a job at the confectionary firm Mars this year as it has seen its potential candidates list grow to twice the size of last year's.

With 3,700 people aiming for a graduate job with the company now, compared to 1,800 in 2008, 24 of those will be successful in landing a position next month in one of its six different schemes.

According to HR magazine, lucky graduates could be working in development, research, sales, finance or engineering, with each job offering training and skills improvement.

Aileen Richards, HR vice-president of Mars, also started her career on one of the graduate training schemes.

She told the news provider: "Since joining as a graduate, I have had careers in three completely different areas of Mars - human resources, purchasing and supply - you can't ask for better personal development than that."

Chris Cater from the Graduate Recruitment Bureau recently said that the UK has a shortage of food science engineers and employers may be willing to increase salaries to get hold of graduate talent in the field.


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