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Students dont know what an SME is, poll finds

A student poll on the TARGETjobs graduate careers website revealed today that fewer than 10 per cent of undergraduates would NOT consider working for an SME.

A third said that they would view a career in a small business as a positive choice over a faceless multinational, while 23 per cent would be happy enough to join an SME if they couldn’t get a job with a better-known employer.

But the largest percentage (36 per cent) said they didn’t know what an SME was.

At a time when large, regular recruiters account for less than 20 per cent of graduate jobs in total, it’s obvious that the country’s future prosperity relies on graduates joining smaller, growing businesses. Our poll (and further evidence from our research*) shows that part of the problem is that undergraduates don’t know anything about small businesses and what careers they could offer. This is partly down to the on-campus presence of multinational recruiters but also partly down to the obscurity and lack of attractiveness in the SME & lsquo;brand’.

*GTI Media and STEP will launch their research findings of two surveys of students and small businesses at the AGCAS Graduates into Smaller Businesses Conference in Birmingham on 26 November. 

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