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University leavers 'still going for traditional graduate jobs'

Published: Tuesday, 05 October 2010   Category: Career Advice

Young Britons are still targeting the traditional graduate vacancies but must plan ahead from an early stage in their university careers, it has been suggested.

The latest Guardian UK 300 survey claimed that gender stereotypes still exist in relation to job choices, with men favouring money and women opting for nurturing.

Dan Hawes, founder of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, explained that graduates who do not fall into these typical categories should seek advice on how best to achieve their ambitions.

"Planning ahead is really key. Even when you get to the first year at university you should be putting together a career plan," he said.

"Students have got lots of information at their fingertips but it is still quite hard for someone to really know what they want to do. It can take them a few jobs before they realise what they are best suited for."

The Guardian research revealed that women are keen on working for the police, the probation service, or in a prison - jobs which did not feature in men's 100 preferred employers.

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