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Friday, 17 November 2017

Poor job descriptions sees third of graduates leave role within year of starting

Written by Alan Jones

One in three graduates left their job within a year of starting, mainly complaining the role did not match what they were offered, a new study shows.

Research by graduate careers site found that fewer young people are attending careers fairs as a way of finding out about jobs.

A survey of almost 10,000 current students and 2016 graduates found that the number leaving their first job after university had increased from 28% to 33% in the past year.

Many complained they only saw the same types of job descriptions and application forms, so they often "copied and pasted" application answers.

Vincent Karremans, founder of, said: "The recruitment market for young people is in a worse place than a year ago. Both graduates and students are being disenfranchised from the labour market. More needs to be done by employers to remedy this problem.

"Young people want to be communicated to in real words and not management-speak; employers should spell out what they are looking for in job their descriptions.

"Careers fairs were once a place where students could meet potential employers, but they're increasingly proving unpopular amongst students. Only a handful of companies exhibit there now, and it's become a vanity exercise for big business."

Copyright (c) Press Association Ltd. 2017, All Rights Reserved. Picture (c) Chris Radburn.

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