Work experience three times more likely to land graduate job

The latest High Fliers research – “Class of 2013” (published 13 June 2013) – reveals that students who completed an internship or other vacation work with employers during their studies were three times more likely to receive a definite job offer before leaving university than those who had done no work experience at all. A little more evidence to back up what’s already known!

Managing director of High Fliers Research, Martin Birchall commented:

Our latest research highlights that work experience is no longer an optional extra for university
students, it’s an essential part of preparing for the graduate job market. Students who just focus
on their degree studies without spending time in the workplace are unlikely to develop the skills
and interests that graduate employers are looking for.
The survey also shows just how hard today’s university students are working to secure a graduate
job at the end of their degree. Record numbers of students are now choosing to research their
career options in their first or second year at university, rather than leaving job hunting until the
final six months before graduation.

Find the press release at

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