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Report highlights value of graduate work experience

Published: Thursday, 12 August 2010   Category: Work Experience

Britons looking for graduate vacancies should take on work experience positions to give themselves the best possible chance of securing a full-time role, it has been suggested.

Writing for the Spectator, Madsen Pirie, president of the Adam Smith Institute, dismissed the theory that unpaid internships are akin to exploitation.

Instead, he noted that the value of work experience arrangements - for both graduates and employers - would not be possible if a minimum wage ruling was imposed.

"Over one in five of the 2009 graduates in employment had previously done work experience for the firm that hired them," he wrote.

"And it works the other way, giving interns the chance to see whether or not the firm they have chosen is really the right one for them."

Mr Pirie explained that the university leavers of today are keen to "enhance their employability" by filling their CVs with experience and qualifications.

Meanwhile, a recent report by Women24 urged graduates to remember the importance of including factually correct information on their CVs.

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