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Professional training placements may help graduates secure jobs

Published: Friday, 16 July 2010   Category: Work Experience

The professional training placement undertook as part of their degree could be one reason why graduates from the University of Surrey secure positions after completing their courses.

Data published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency has looked into how rates differ between universities in terms of whether students have found employment or are continuing their studies six months after finishing their course.

Among the results were that 96.9 per cent of the students to gain a first degree from the University of Surrey fitted into either of these categories.

According to the Times Higher Education Supplement, Russ Clark, head of the careers service at Surrey, said: "Surrey has always been committed to producing employable graduates."

"The university attracts students who are very focused and have one eye on the world of work."

He added that over half of the university's students attended a professional training placement, with many doing do at the close of the third year of a four-year course.

Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of umbrella organisation Universities UK, recently told the BBC that students are being driven to work harder because of the belief that they need a 2:1 to be considered for many positions.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19894516-ADNFCR

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