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Not what I signed up for

Patricia Soldati | 27 June 2007

Fred has been on the graduate programme at an international bank for almost two years but feels that the programme is not meeting his expectations and that he has been treated like a temp wherever he's been posted. Patricia Soldati offers some advice.

Make work experience more challenging, say graduates

Nic Paton | 21 May 2007

While earning a bit of cash over the summer never goes amiss, what students really value is work experience that leaves them better equipped to land a permanent job when they leave college or university.

Give us more science graduates, beg British bosses

Nic Paton | 12 March 2007

Britain will start to suffer a corrosive loss of skilled jobs to rivals overseas if its universities do not begin to turn out more science, engineering and technology graduates soon, employers have warned.

Recruiters slam British graduates

Nic Paton | 27 February 2007

Despite record numbers graduating from universities, British graduates have never been so poorly qualified for the world of work, a veteran recruiter has complained.

Graduates lacking the skills for work

Nic Paton | 30 January 2007

Britain is awash with vacancies for graduates, yet employers are struggling to find university leavers with the right skills - or the right attitude - for the job.

Graduates regret their degree choice

Nic Paton | 19 December 2006

Choosing the right degree to study at college is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. But a third of British graduates believe they chose the wrong option, a decision that has held them back in later life.

City spurns immature British graduates

Nic Paton | 28 September 2006

City financial firms are increasingly looking abroad to hire new recruits because foreign university graduates are felt to be more mature than their British counterparts.

Employers falling over themselves to hire interns

Nic Paton | 14 September 2006

Just in time for back-to-school, the number of interns being hired by U.S companies is rising sharply, according to a new poll, with nearly half of firms expecting to be on the look-out for student talent this year.

UK school leavers lack basic skills to survive in world of work

Nic Paton | 21 August 2006

One in three British employers has to send workers for remedial training to teach them basic English and maths skills that they have failed to learn at school, employers have complained.

UK universities urged to forge better links with business

Nic Paton | 16 August 2006

Universities have been warned that they need to do more to build links with local employers if they want to increase the workplace skills and employability of their graduates.

Too few skills, too much confidence

Nic Paton | 15 August 2006

More than three quarters of young people coming into the workplace have a higher estimation of their abilities than is the reality and so may find themselves in for a rude shock.

Shortage of scientists threatens UK economy

Brian Amble | 14 August 2006

Britain risks running out of scientists because faults in the education system are leading many young people are turning their back on science and technology, Britain's biggest business group has warned.

Career choice shaped by ethnic background

Brian Amble | 11 August 2006

While an increasing proportion of white students in Britain dream of careers in publicly-funded organisations with index-linked pensions and a good work-life balance, those from other ethnic groups are far more likely to aspire to careers in finance or business.

Bad recruitment methods alienate graduates

Nic Paton | 11 August 2006

Almost a quarter of British graduates hunting for jobs have walked away from potential employer because they had been put off by the organisation's behaviour during the recruitment process.

Interns in demand

Nic Paton | 07 August 2006

In an increasingly competitive jobs' market, U.S companies are becoming ever more reliant on interns when it comes to sourcing new talent, with salaries rising as a result.

Minority of graduates prepared to cheat to get ahead

Nic Paton | 07 August 2006

More than a sixth of graduates applying for jobs would be prepared to cheat to get an advantage over their candidate competitors, a British survey has discovered.

Work experience critical for job-seeking graduates

Nic Paton | 04 August 2006

Work experience and a strong work ethic are more important than the type or class of degree when it comes to graduates getting ahead in the jobs' market, a new UK survey has found.

UK graduates set for a sunny summer jobs market

Nic Paton | 11 July 2006

Graduates coming on to the UK jobs' market this summer will be in high demand, with starting salaries rising as a result. Yet big questions remain over how prepared they will be for the world of work.

Gulf of misunderstanding separates graduates from employers

Brian Amble | 14 June 2006

The UK economy is being held back by a damaging disconnect between graduates and employers, with the changing values of young people leading to a lack of understanding on both sides of the other's needs.

Leadership skills and experience driving graduate jobs' market

Nic Paton | 19 April 2006

Graduates in the U.S are increasingly having to show they have leadership and problem-solving abilities alongside good quality internships or work experience if they want to secure a top flight job.

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