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Work experience 'important for graduate jobs'

Published: Tuesday, 05 August 2008   Category: Graduate recruitment | Work Experience

Students must make sure they have the skills that employers need in order to find graduate jobs, one expert has claimed.

Writing for the Manchester Evening News, Samantha Dunbar, policy manager for employment and skills at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, explains that firms could face a shortage of staff as people opt for non-technical degrees.

She said: "It is essential that the graduates and employees of tomorrow are science-savvy and able to think, and work, independently."

Graduate recruiters are increasingly looking to work experience as a "demonstration of ability", she adds.

People's skills should not be overshadowed by an obsession with targets and grades, Ms Dunbar states.

Yesterday, Onrec.com reported comments by Rob Coates, managing director of HR firm Willerby Hill, who urged employers to do more to attract and retain high-quality staff.

According to Mr Coates, there is increasing competition for top candidates, news that might be of interest to those applying for graduate jobs.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18717107-ADNFCR

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