Did anyone catch the article “A degree is not good enough” in the Sunday Times?
It quoted a fascinating report which concluded that “a CV full of university-learnt skills is not enough for today’s recruiters, who can afford to be highly selective and want to see work experience.” Graduates need more than a degree these days – they need employability skills and an experience of the world of work “through placements, summer internships and more contact with business during the course of their studies.”
As there are 40,000 students graduating this summer who will be looking to start their careers in the first global recession since WWII, there just isn’t time or space for inexperience. Employers want to maximise their efficiency for the lowest possible cost (obviously!).
This is where work experience and internships and WEXO come in.
Students are given the chance to try out an industry they are interested in, while getting a valuable insight into a company’s day-to-day life and boosting their CV. Employers get an enthusiastic, willing-to-learn student to help around the office, giving them the chance to train someone up before (potentially) having them on the payroll. The definitive ‘best of both worlds’, surely?!