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University leavers 'should seek graduate placements in IT'

Published: Thursday, 19 August 2010   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

Young Britons should give more consideration to securing graduate opportunities at IT firms, it has been suggested.

The Class of 2010 are now scrambling to find themselves a full-time role after completing their undergraduate courses, with the competition in the jobs market intensifying.

Matthew Poyiagi, European vice-president at IT trade association CompTIA, explained that many graduates could develop a solid career in IT if they realised the benefits of working in the industry.

"More people are taking qualifications, presumably in the hope of getting a professional job, while graduate jobs are becoming harder to come by," he told V3.co.uk.

"Yet IT, a key area for economic growth, is struggling to attract people. Part of the reason is that those without an IT degree don't consider IT a career path because they assume they're not qualified."

Mr Poyiagi added that there is a common misconception that IT jobs are simply about programming, but that they actually also involve managing infrastructure and developing strategies.

Meanwhile, US law firm Ropes & Gray revealed this week that it will launch a graduate recruitment programme in London in 2011.

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