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Universities 'should put career advice on the curriculum'

Published: Thursday, 08 July 2010   Category: Career Advice

Universities should give their students dedicated career guidance sessions in order to prepare them for the competitive graduate jobs market, it has been suggested.

Dan Hawes, co-founder of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, admitted that there is a huge disparity in the quality of careers services on offer between different institutions.

However, he claimed that the majority of students do not currently make use of the advice and called for it to be incorporated into their day-to-day schedules.

"I think it should really be incorporated as part of the curriculum, timetabled in so there's a stage of [students'] final year where they're learning about CV writing, then the next week they're learning about interviews, then the next its assessment centres," he said.

Mr Hawes added that it is not entirely clear whether universities should be producing ready-made employees or individuals whose learning and critical thinking skills make them versatile enough for any given job.

Earlier this year, a study by the Prince's Trust found that 25 per cent of young people have become embroiled in arguments with their parents or other family members as a result of being unemployed.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19880987-ADNFCR

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