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Part-time work 'can lead to graduate jobs'

Published: Monday, 15 September 2008   Category: Graduate recruitment | Work Experience

People who take on part-time work after university should use it to boost their chances of getting a graduate job in their chosen field, according to one expert.

Speaking to the Guardian, Anne Benson, director of career services at the University of East Anglia, explains that some graduates can be disheartened if they are forced to move back home and take on low-paid work to help make ends meet.

However, she believes such work can help people move into graduate jobs.

"Think about what you can learn from it - transferable skills. What are the benefits? Explore things in the evenings, take unpaid experience or volunteering, Miss Benson says.

People should also consider alternative ways to approach their dream career, she added.

Meanwhile, those looking to enter the world of retail might want to consider applying for graduate jobs with one of the UK's top chains.

The Independent reports that a range of big-name shops offer training programmes for those leaving universities.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18780336-ADNFCR

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