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Scottish graduates getting "outdated" advice from advisors

Published: Tuesday, 19 January 2010   Category: Career Advice

Graduate job hunters in Scotland may be better off ignoring any advice offered by careers advisors as many of the hints and tips provided are outdated in the current working environment, it has been suggested.

The Scotsman reports that Tanya de Grunwald, author of job-hunting book, Dude Where's My Career?, feels that the problem is particularly present in emerging industries, as the advisors have failed to move with the times.

This has led to graduates failing to have the opportunity to submit applications across the whole of the employment environment and left many unnecessarily competing against each other for the same positions.

According to the publication, Ms de Grunwald said: "Graduates get this idea there is only a narrow bunch of jobs available and are not being told by careers advisers how many different options they have.

"You get all the graduates going for the same bunch of graduate schemes and if they don't get on there, they think their life is over. What graduates are saying is that's not working and we need to be listening to them."

Graduates looking to boost their chances of sealing a job have been told by Paul Redmond, vice-president of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, that completing a part-time job while at university could provide a skills boost.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19565176-ADNFCR

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