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More students are job hunting before finishing uni

There is a growing number of students thinking about their career before they finish university.

This is according to graduate-jobs.com, which revealed 22% of people in higher education start searching for a post prior to their graduation these days, which is significantly more than in 2002 when just 5% did so.

Gerry Wyatt, Operations Director at graduate-jobs.com, said: “Students are becoming more career-minded much earlier in their time at university.”

He quoted findings that showed the peak in the number of students beginning their career while in education was in 2006, which was before the economic crisis, so the recent figures cannot be claimed to solely be the result of the country’s financial difficulties.

“The upward trend we have seen in students registering with our specialist graduate recruitment job board over the last ten years demonstrates an ever greater sense of drive to succeed in the workplace amongst students,” Mr Wyatt went on to say.

These recent findings showed a disparity in the number of students starting their career searching before their final year around the country. Those in the south-east are more likely to begin thinking about their profession earlier on, with 29% of students in the region considering their career plans before graduating.

The regions with the next highest proportion of university attendees with their career in mind are the north-west and Yorkshire and Humberside (both at 25%). London is the ninth on the list with just 19% of students planning their futures before their final exams, while students in Scotland are the least likely to begin considering their career, with just 13% doing so prior to completing their higher education studies.

Gary Argent, Director of Careers at City University London, added that students are becoming more aware of the “importance of engaging with the employability agenda” and are doing this earlier on in their university career than previous students have done.

Students in their final years have been encouraged by graduate-jobs.com to begin working on their CVs, portfolios and work experience in order to make themselves look more employable and improve their chances of getting accepted on to 2013 Graduate Schemes. It advised to get a diary to keep track of future interviews, revamp CVs and add a cover photo to resumes.

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