UK graduates concerned about job prospects

by Editor 4/18/2008 2:24:00 PM
consulting jobs,consulting careers,computer jobs

Consulting firm Accenture has conducted a survey of 306 graduates in the UK. The results show that 59% of the respondents are worried about the state of affairs in economy and how this may affect their job prospects once they graduate.

More than two thirds of the students have not found a job yet and a third will have to pay off more than £15,000 in student loans when they finish their studies.

When asked about the most important qualities they looked for in an employer, the respondents mentioned salary, interesting and challenging work, camaraderie with colleagues, formal training and flexible hours.

The concerns over the economic situation notwithstanding, only 17 percent of the students said that they would compromise their job requirements and more than two thirds expected to work less than 40 hours per week.

Peter Cheese, managing director of Accenture’s talent and organisation performance practice, said that the values and demands that Generation Y brought to the job market had not needed to be addressed by employers with previous generations.

He added: “To be relevant to these job seekers, employers must find ways to satisfy their needs for balance, fun, mentoring and opportunities to grow and be challenged.”  

 

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