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Student interns 'ahead of the rest'

10 Apr 2008

Student interns 'ahead of the rest' Students who complete internships during their studies improve their employability, one recruitment expert has said.

According to the Association of Graduate Careers Asdvisory Services (AGCAS), graduates should aim to complete placements and internships to widen their employment potential.

This is good news for students who have completed an internship and is encouraging for those currently looking for such experience.

Margaret Dane, chief executive of AGCAS, said that real work experience will offer students the chance to test themselves as well as help them do some thinking about their own "aspirations and values".

Echoing AGCAS' sentiments, the chief executive of ClickAJob, Yngve Traberg, said that students whose application shows evidence of real experience will "stand head and shoulders above the rest".

"Show you're resourceful enough to go out and find the right experience - plus demonstrate you have hands-on familiarity with actually doing it," he urged.

Mr Traberg continued to state that in today's competitive graduate-employment market, having a degree does not guarantee a job.

Research from Year Out Group, published in March 2007, showed that almost 39,000 students took structured gap-year placements.

Students that complete internships in their gap years will be ahead of the rest, according to Mr Traberg.

Find and apply for summer internships, Easter internships and Placement year internships through the Internship Job Search, or use the All Jobs Search to find other types of student job vacancies and work opportunities.

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