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TUC: Media graduates need networking

Published: Monday, 01 October 2007   Category: Industry sectors

Media graduates, despite their qualifications, often have to rely on exceptional networking skills in order to become employed, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has claimed.

According to a recent study by the group, many graduates in the sector feel under-qualified and often need to work for free at the beginning of their careers to make progress.

Commenting on the findings and their implications, TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber said: "Many of the young people interviewed during the course of this research complained that their media courses left them ill-prepared for the world of work.

"To make matters worse, getting a foot in the door is often dependent on contacts within the industry, something that many youngsters from low income or ethnic minority backgrounds simply won't have."

He added: "That, combined with the fact that many will have to work for nothing for their first few jobs, means it's no small wonder that London's audio visual industry currently looks the way it does."ADNFCR-1068-ID-18299949-ADNFCR

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