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Graduates ’need work experience to get jobs

Monday 28th February 2011

Graduates ’need work experience to get jobs

A new study by High Fliers Research has concluded that graduates with no work experience will struggle to find jobs in summer 2011, this is despite an increase in vacancies in the UK. Three fifths of employers warned that graduates with no previous work experience have little or no chance of getting a job offer. The research, called The Graduate Market in 2011, also found that a third of this year’s graduate vacancies are more likely to be filled by applicants who have already worked for that employer as an undergraduate. In sectors such as banking and law this rose to 50%.  Employers are more impressed with skills and real-life work experience than academic results. Martin Birchall, managing director of High Fliers Research, said: “Today’s report includes the stark warning that in this highly competitive graduate job market, new graduates who’ve not had any work experience during their time at university have little or no chance of landing a well-paid job with a leading employer, irrespective of the university they’ve attended or the academic results they achieve.”

Summer 2011 will see a record number of graduates completing their studies, and many of these graduates may consider taking a gap year after their studies in order to gain valuable work experience. There are hundreds of gap year vacancies abroad available via many specialist gap year travel companies. They offer a wide range of exciting work experience opportunities in many industry sectors all over the world. Graduates can select a programme of volunteering work abroad on community projects in Asia, or join a conservation team in Africa, and massively increase their chances of finding a job back home with an impressive CV.