THE JOBS ARE OUT THERE – IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK
The latest High Fliers Research annual survey makes for gloomy reading with graduate recruitment targets cut by 17 per cent for 2009. So it may come as a surprise to learn there are still plenty of jobs out there, you just have to be a bit clever about where you look. According to Jobcentre Plus there are still 600,000 vacancies in the UK. Obviously, not all these positions will be for graduates or in the sector you have trained for or wish to enter, but it is worth considering whether the skills you have are transferable and desirable for another sector. For a start, graduate jobs in the Public Sector have risen by 51 per cent since 2007.
Employment in central government, public corporations and local government all increased last year, while numbers in the Armed Forces were up by 17 per cent – so if you have trained to be an engineer why not consider working with the Air Force or Royal Navy? The Government has also announced plans for a national internship scheme, where companies take on graduates and train them for up to three months. It is hoped that many interns will then go into full-time employment with these companies. So far, both Microsoft and Barclays have pledged to join the scheme. Another positive that may come as a surprise is while you may think graduate salaries are dropping due to the economic downturn the truth is starting salaries are set to rise by six per cent this year to an average of £27,000. So what are you waiting for?
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