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Students careers advice 'lacking'

29 Oct 2007

Students careers advice 'lacking' University students are not being offered adequate careers advice before graduating.

According research by Just IT, around 90 per cent of students would have liked better tailored guidance on the process of applying for a job prior to leaving university.

This lack of information can be troubling to those looking for jobs for the first time. The survey revealed that seven in every ten new graduates felt "very stressed" when searching for work.

Sunil Duggal, managing director of Just IT, told onrec.com: "There is a real lack of advice being offered to students while at university, despite nearly nine in ten graduates demanding more personalised advice from their careers services.

"Fuelled by their nerves and lack of university support, students are looking for alternative options to help them progress."

Furthermore, only 62 per cent of the 150 people asked, said that the application forms and CVs that they sent off were representative of their abilities, with nine out of ten saying they regret not having received more help in their job applications while at university.

The Association of Graduate recruiters recently published statistics showing that the number of career opportunities for graduates would rise by 12 per cent in 2007, with the average wage increasing by 2.4 per cent on last year.

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