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Overseas recommended for struggling graduate job hunters

Published: Thursday, 13 August 2009   Category: Life after graduation

University leavers struggling to find a graduate job at the moment do not have to stay in the UK, according to one overseas living advisory firm.

Shelter Offshore, which helps expatriates to settle in overseas countries, believes that the current graduate jobs market means that now is the perfect time for degree-holders to show off their talents in foreign countries.

The firm admits it may not be easier to find graduate employment in another country, but the international experience gained by doing so could be of interest to future recruiters and there are also tax benefits in some places.

A spokesperson for Shelter Offshore said: "The fact that the UK is in recession and there is rising unemployment particularly affecting the younger sector of society is a tragedy - however, if you're prepared to look hard and consider working abroad, you could find that you benefit far more from an international placement during these tough times."

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills recently announced that funding for 500 young people to take up graduate jobs abroad would be provided to gap year firm Raleigh International.

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