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Government urges graduates to work abroad
The government is to urge new graduates to work abroad in order to avoid the worst of the recession. But whilst such a measure may shorten the jobcentre queues, it will do nothing to get Britain out of recession.
As the British job market continues to shrink (recent figures predict a 5% reduction in jobs this summer), leaflets are to be distributed at universities across the country to encourage leavers to consider taking foreign internships or voluntary positions.
A quarter of a million young people are poised to leave university in a matter of weeks. The depressing reality is that for many new graduates, unpaid internships abroad may represent their best opportunity for gainful employment.
Certainly, the experience of working abroad can be highly rewarding and advantageous for any graduate seeking to build an impressive CV. Nevertheless, by endorsing such a large scale exodus the government, backed by the NUS, surely risks shunning thousands of talented young people who could otherwise be contributing directly and immediately to Britain’s economic recovery.