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Students taking up graduate jobs in pharmacy

Published: Thursday, 12 November 2009   Category: Sport, leisure and hospitality

New research has shown that more young people are starting graduate jobs in the pharmaceutical sector.

According to Higher Education Careers Service Unit statistics released this week, there was a four per cent rise in the number of 2008 graduates who landed jobs in the pharmaceutical industry six months after leaving university, compared to 2007 students.

HECSU put the change down to the recession, with more people turning their back on the financial sector and taking a look at occupations like healthcare work.

Keith Wilson, deputy dean of Aston University's school of life and health sciences, told the Chemist & Druggist website that competition is hotting up for pharmaceutical graduate jobs.

He said: "Graduates now have to compete to get their pre-registration post - that has been a big change from five years ago."

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline recently announced that 3,000 jobs, some of which could be taken up by graduates, will be created at its new science park in south Hertfordshire.

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