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'Use summer for graduate job preparations'

Published: Thursday, 16 July 2009   Category: Career Advice

Students who are due to graduate next year have been told to start getting ready for job hunting this summer so that it is less gruelling after they leave university.

Research by TMP Worldwide shows that 60 per cent of students who will be looking for graduate jobs in 2010 have not had any work experience or taken part in internships, while 78 per cent will use the summer months to relax.

But the firm insists that they should be more proactive in order to make things better for them when they actually begin their graduate job search next year by taking steps to improve their employability skills now.

Neil Harrison, head of research and planning at TMP Worldwide, told the news provider: "The importance of employability skills is now firmly front of mind with 95 per cent [of students] agreeing that building employability skills is a big deal right now for graduates wanting to enter the workplace."

PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has vowed to take on even more graduates this year, despite the recession, recently told university leavers wishing to find employment they must not be fussy about location.

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