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The importance of work experience

A new research report has hit the news this morning that emphasises the importance of work experience.

The report from High Fliers Research shows that employers are recruiting more graduates – but also that there are record numbers of graduates chasing these jobs. The report also warns that graduates from the ‘Class of 2012’ who’ve had no work experience at all whilst at university stand little or no chance of getting a job offer from the country’s most prestigious graduate employers – and that a record 36% of this year’s graduate vacancies are expected to be filled by applicants who have already worked for the organisation during their studies.

Media Reports:

BBC – Graduate jobs ‘taken by work experience students’

Guardian – Graduates without work experience face struggle to secure jobs, report says

Mail Online – ‘Jobs bottleneck’ as graduates struggling to find work creates backlog

The full report can be downloaded from the High Fliers Website

The Careers Service and Placement Support Service can help our students and recent graduates to secure relevant work experience opportunities. Visit us on Campus or Online


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