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Graduate hiring still buoyant

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Demand for graduates continues despite economic uncertainty.

This is according to Elspeth Farrar, communications director at the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, who said that despite media reports to the contrary, the market for graduates is still buoyant.

One reason for this, said Farrar, is that companies don’t want to face a ‘skills gap’ in the future by putting the brakes on graduate hiring.

“Students are still getting jobs and companies are still recruiting, though it may be that in certain areas there is slightly more competition for places,” she commented.

The Association of Graduate Recruiters recently revealed that 69.5% of organisations will have more vacancies this year than they did in 2007.

Chief executive of ClickAJob Yngve Traberg believes that any dip in demand simply means that graduates must make themselves more competitive.

“My advice is always to grab as much relevant work experience as possible. Even just a few weeks in a junior capacity demonstrates enthusiasm, commitment and the will to get ahead.”

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