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More graduates take up internships

Published: Wednesday, 22 July 2009   Category: Work Experience

An industry expert has said that more university leavers are taking advantage of the benefits which graduate internships have to offer.

Tom Hadley, director of external relations at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, was commenting on recent research by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, which showed that nearly one in ten graduates would struggle to find paid work.

As a result, the take up of internships among this year's graduates has increased, and those struggling to find a permanent position at a company should consider following the example of those who are already on an unpaid placement, Mr Hadley said.

He added: "The benefit of an internship is that it is something else to put on your CV, it shows that you are keen on a particular career, and it gives you some initial practical experience."

More university leavers should be able to access graduate internships with small and medium-sized enterprises in the current difficult job climate, the Federation of Small Businesses recently said.

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