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Summer work could help show graduate job initiative

Published: Friday, 16 July 2010   Category: Work Experience

Many students may want to step up their efforts in finding summer work between their university terms in order to boost their chances of gaining a graduate job upon the completion of their course.

The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports that Jonathan Shackleton, head of communication at the Robert Gordon University, believes that doing so shows that an individual has used some initiative and is passionate.

Meanwhile, by placing this information towards the top of a CV, a person could also help ensure it stands out from those submitted by rival graduates.

He added: "What really makes a candidate stand out from the crowd is relevant work experience they have gained.

"It also gives them practical examples they can use to tell me why they’d be the perfect employee for my team."

Students obtaining first degrees from the university are also among the more likely to have found a graduate job or continue their studies in the six months following their course.

Data published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency has shown that 95.9 per cent of the students to gain the top degree from the institution have little difficulty finding work or other study opportunities.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19894522-ADNFCR

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