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Those without graduate work experience 'unlikely' to get graduate roles

Published: Tuesday, 18 January 2011   Category: Work Experience

If university-leavers do not have relevant graduate work experience, they are "unlikely to be successful" when trying to fill other graduate vacancies, say two-thirds of recruiters.

This is according to a new study conducted by High Fliers Research, called The Graduate Market in 2011.

The study, which is the latest instalment of the company's annual review of graduate vacancies and salaries in the United Kingdom, was published today (Tuesday January 18th).

In the report, High Fliers Research reveals that two-thirds of recruiters say graduates who have no previous work experience are "unlikely to be successful" in getting a graduate role and have "little or no chance" of getting a place on the graduate scheme at their company.

The huge importance of graduate work experience is further emphasised by the statistic found in the report which suggests that of the entry-level vacancies advertised by City investment banks and leading law firms, at least half will be filled by a candidate who has previous experience at the company.

Professional services firm KPMG has just announced the beginning of its annual graduate scheme. 

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