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Graduates opt for IT over accountancy

Graduates opt for IT over accountancy

82 percent of graduates plan to look for work within the IT sector, according to research from IT Jobs for Graduates.
The survey also highlighted that more college leavers search for graduate IT jobs via online job boards than by any other method. 36 percent of survey respondents ticked the job boards column, compared with recruitment agencies, standing at 35 percent.

72 percent of graduates said they feel prepared for the job market on leaving university.

And, when it came to salary expectations, 61 percent hope to earn between 18,000 - 26,000 on graduating and starting their first job.

Professions snubbed included accountancy, with 33 percent claiming they would not look for a role within that industry, and 36 percent steering clear of employment in the legal sector. When asked why, respondents believed there would be less opportunities available within these professions.

Teresa Sperti, head of marketing at IT Jobs for Graduates, commented: I believe that many of todays college leavers see greater chance of employment within the IT sector, particularly in light of the current economic climate. And this presents a real opportunity for the sector to bring in and nurture new talent.

It is also encouraging to see that online job boards are a key job hunting tool for graduate IT jobs. They present a quick and easy route for people looking for employment, and a cost-effective way for companies to advertise.

As the younger generation become increasingly tech savvy, it will be down to companies like IT Jobs for Graduates to maintain regular online communication with the candidate base looking for graduate IT roles.


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