Published on January 23, 2013 | by Vanessa Smart


Class of 2013 told grades not only key to a job

Graduate smiling

Graduates should have work experience as well as good grades when looking for a job.
[Flickr:Nasrul Ekram]

Work experience is vital in getting a graduate job regardless of good grades, a new report has found.

More than half of the UK’s 100 biggest graduate recruiters warn that graduates without previous work experience are unlikely to be successful in getting a job offer, according to a new study by High Fliers Research.

The report revealed that employers are expected to offer more entry-level vacancies this year. The UK’s leading employers plan to hire 18,306 graduates in 2013 and provide paid work experience places for 11,387 students and new graduates.

Sandy Idigbe, 20, took a year out of her BA Media and Communication degree at London College of Communication to get as much work experience as possible.

“Taking a year out of university to take on work experience is one of greatest decision I have made,” she explained to Arts London News.

“It allowed me to gain practical knowledge and understanding of the specific department of the media world I wanted to explore.”

Graduate job vacancies are set to increase by 2.7 per cent this year, still well-below pre-recession levels.

“There are about 350,000 graduates due to come out of university this summer. I can’t find even 150,000 graduate level vacancies,” High Fliers Research’s managing director, Martin Burchall, told the BBC.

Despite this enormous employment gap, Burchall is intent on seeing the silver lining.

He said: “Things are improving. It is good news that we potentially have more jobs for 2013.”


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