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Medical students 'unprepared' for graduate jobs

Published: Tuesday, 10 November 2009   Category: Public sector

University students hoping to get a graduate job in medicine will need to brush up on their skills if they are to succeed, according to a new study.

The current students of two teaching hospitals in Nottingham were surveyed by their senior colleagues and found to be lacking in certain practical skills required for taking up a graduate job in the field.

According to the Telegraph, Dr David Matheson, who led the report, has called for similar studies to be carried out among other medical graduate job hopefuls across the UK.

On-the-job training was recommended to help graduates develop their abilities, but the expert admitted that the graduates were well skilled in teamwork and good at asking how to perform certain procedures if they were not sure.

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit recently told the Times that the public sector organisations, such as the NHS, should find a way to boost the graduate jobs they provide if they are to secure fresh talent in the next few years.
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