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Work experience in London and other parts of the country is vital to securing any graduate job, it has been claimed.
Phil Donnelly, from Step, told the Daily Mirror that such placements give university leavers hands-on experience in a commercial environment.
In addition, it allows graduates to prove themselves to an employer as well as develop contacts and build their confidence, all of which will stand them in good stead when it comes to job hunting.
"Being able to demonstrate structured, productive work experience is now almost an essential prerequisite for any graduate career," Mr Donnelly told the news provider.
He added that increasing numbers of small and medium enterprises are keen to take on bright and enthusiastic university leavers.
According to recent data from the Association of Graduate Recruiters, there are currently 83 applications for every graduate job.
The study also found that vacancies are likely to climb by 2.6 per cent this year.
Posted by Beth O'Shea
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