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Working is good for you, says expert

22 May 2008

Working is good for you, says expert Working can improve an individual's mental and physical health, one expert has said.

Students considering looking for a part-time job could be interested to hear that the former chief medical advisor at the Department for Work and Pensions has paid tribute to the positive benefits of working.

Professor Mansel Aylward, told BBC One's Panorama: "The research I've been doing … and other people have been doing elsewhere shows that, actually, work does improve your health and you'll feel better for it mentally and physically."

He added that reform of the old incapacity benefit rules could help people's wellbeing by finding them such work as they were capable of performing.

Meanwhile, it was reported earlier in the week that graduates in some sectors were being highly sought after by firms competing with one another.

The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services revealed there is a shortage of graduates in certain areas such as engineering.

A recent survey by Executive Connections found that one-third of companies were seeking to recruit graduates in 2007 compared to eight per cent in 2007.

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