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Students 'considering boosting graduate job prospects through gap years'
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Those looking for graduate jobs are increasingly considering taking a gap year to help boost their chances, according to new research.
A study by TMP Worldwide shows 42 per cent of final year students think they will probably take time out after university and 12 per cent of them state they definitely will, reports Consultant News.
It also found that 61 per cent of students believe they will develop independence during their gap year, while 50 per cent think they will improve their communication skills.
Almost half (45 per cent) stated they were looking to increase their cultural awareness while a third think they will extend their language skills.
Recently, Leonard Orban, the EU commissioner for multilingualism, claimed those with a second language could be at an advantage when it comes to finding a graduate job.
The Guardian reported comments by Mr Orban stating that such skills are in demand at many UK firms.