Saturday, 10 January 2009

Internships a good idea - beyond the recession too

News that the government is developing a series of paid internships with leading companies for this year's graduates is another welcome sign of the Government's willingness to act to mitigate the worst effects of the recession.

But internships shouldn't just be developed for these recessionary times. They should become a part of every university course. One reason why we are so often regaled by tales of underemployed recent graduates is their failure to get useful work experience.

Where courses are not directly linked to a particular career path, it is particularly important that students gain proper work experience; rather than bemoaning the fact that most students have to do some work, we should be looking at ensuring that some of their work will help them gain more lasting and relevant employment after they graduate.

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