Work experience a must for graduates

Those graduating this summer without any proper work experience have “little or no chance” of landing the entry-level role they want, according to employers surveyed by High Fliers Research.

Of the businesses it surveyed, half made the bold exclamation; demonstrating just how picky employers can afford to be when it comes to their trainee-level roles.

The research also found that one-third of the graduate roles offered up over the coming 12 months will be handed to those who have already completed a period of work experience with said company, BBC News reported. This means that whether it’s broadcast or multilingual jobs graduates are after, they’ll have to demonstrate their worth on their CV.

According to Martin Birchall, High Fliers’ managing director, the news brings a “stark warning” for soon-to-be graduates.

Press Association revealed his thoughts: “Today’s report includes the stark warning to the ‘Class of 2012’ that in a highly competitive job market, new graduates who’ve not had any work experience at all during their time at university have little hope of landing a well-paid job with a leading employer.”

He went on to explain that whilst previously attending a certain standard of educational institution or achieving significantly high marks would be of interest to employers, it won’t make a difference if graduates don’t have the relevant experience.

by Deborah Bates on January 11, 2012

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