Workshops will help graduates shape up for employment

Published: 31 July 2009 at 13:52

Graduates struggle as major firms reduce job opportunities

A series of regional workshops is being staged by Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough to help graduates who are struggling to find employment in the current downturn. 

It is projected that between 35 000 and 40 000 graduates will be unemployed this year as major firms reduce job placements by 28%. This comes at a time when official figures have shown a 281 000 rise in unemployment, the largest quarterly rise on record with the burden falling disproportionately on the young.

The free one-day workshops will cover skills assessment, CVs, applications, job search and networking and give attendees the chance to improve their interview techniques. They have been organised by Anglia Ruskin University’s Survive and Thrive team which aims to help businesses and individuals adapt to the radically changed economic conditions. People will leave the workshop with an action plan and signposting to relevant graduate support.

Delivered by a team of careers and employability advisers, the workshops are free to people who have graduated since May 2008 who are currently living in the East of England and are eligible to work in the UK.

The workshops will offer tangible support to graduates, as Julia Marsh from the Survive & Thrive Programme explains:

“There are many graduates out there who have tried to secure employment but without success. The going is extremely tough.  There are too many of these highly qualified people chasing too few places and so they are experiencing months of anguish and anxiety while they search.”

“These workshops will give the graduates the practical guidance and motivation they need to help them continue with their transition from university to the world of work.”

The dates of the workshops are as follows:

Thursday 24 September                                                                Cambridge

Wednesday 14 October                                                                 Chelmsford

Tuesday 27 October                                                                        Peterborough

Thursday 12 November                                                                 Cambridge

Wednesday 25 November                                                           Chelmsford

Tuesday 8 December                                                                     Peterborough

Those interested in booking a place can call 0845 196 3177 or send an email to specifying the date and location of the preferred workshop.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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