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Retail becoming more popular for graduate jobs

Published: Friday, 28 August 2009   Category: Retail

With many major supermarkets recently bucking the trend in terms of graduate recruitment, one industry figure has said that university leavers are preferring to take a job in the retail sector.

Speaking to People Management, Sainsbury's graduate recruitment manager Jo Gidley claimed that students who would not normally consider the sector as a place for a graduate job are now attracted to it.

The supermarket chain is to boost graduate jobs by 30 per cent to 85 places in 2010 and joins both Tesco and Aldi in emphasising its commitment to university leavers by refusing to cut positions.

Ms Gidley added: "Retail is becoming a much more attractive sector to work in and students see lots of opportunities to progress. Graduates are looking at what's happening in the economy and see the sectors that are not doing so well."

The Maidenhead Advertiser recently reported that business degree-holder Karen Walker was quickly given responsibility and the opportunity to practice the skills she gained at university after joining a graduate scheme at Aldi.


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