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People must 'start early' in finding graduate vacancies

Published: Wednesday, 09 February 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

University-leavers looking for graduate vacancies must focus on preparing early for their job search, with people leaving it too late set to "struggle".

According to one employment organisation, it "hasn't sunk in" to some university-leavers that early preparation is key to finding graduate roles.

Dan Hawes, co-founder of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, said that graduates continued to wait until after leaving university before planning for the working life.

"Despite graduates in the last couple of years struggling to find jobs by leaving it too late, we're still finding that the message hasn't sunk in," he said.

Mr Hawes admitted that combining study with job-seeking could be a tricky balancing act, but recommended incremental progress as a way to keep on top of things.

"I know there's lots of pressure on students to get a 2.1 or a first, and trying to get a job is a full-time thing," he said.

There are still graduate vacancies being advertised for the coming months. Professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has recently announced that they have some 50 graduate roles starting in April. 

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