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Now is the 'perfect time' to seek graduate jobs abroad

Published: Thursday, 11 November 2010   Category: All Graduate job news | Postgraduate Study

There has never been a better time to head abroad in the search for graduate opportunities, one education expert claimed today (November 11th).

The Higher Education Careers Service Unit believes that only about 0.3 per cent of the class of 2009 chose to take up postgraduate studies in a foreign country, the Independent reports.

However, Lauren Welch, director of advising for the US-UK Fulbright Commission, explained that attitudes among current students seem to be changing.

"Students are worried that the funding council might not be able to fund as much postgraduate study in the UK and that research money is going to be pulled by universities," she told the newspaper.

"There is a looming undercurrent and concern about what they are getting here, so they want to throw their hat in the ring and get a second option."

According to the Independent, the US is proving the most popular destination for British graduates, with a nine per cent rise in applications to the country being recorded last year.

A similar view was outlined recently by education firm i-to-i, which has seen the number of people enrolling on its teaching English as a foreign language course rise by five per cent so far in 2010.

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