The grass is always greener, and with all the dreary newspaper headlines it’s easy to think that your chances of getting a job if you’re aged 18 to 25 is next to zero. As more disheartened young jobseekers search in vain for work, an increasing number are looking further afield for a job.
A survey, carried out by Student Currency Exchange, found that half of the 18- to 25-year-olds they surveyed were 'seriously considering' emigrating to find a job, with Australia topping the list...
Come fly with me
Canada and China closely followed Oz as destinations of interest for young jobseekers. And it’s not surprising that the good weather and lifestyle offered by Australia is tempting those people disheartened by a long, cold winter without a job. Totaljobs caters for those looking to move abroad with our Middle East jobs and it does attract a lot of people looking to escape the UK. However, it’s important to remember that the grass isn’t always greener and you have to be certain before emigrating. You’ll be leaving your friends, family and even culture behind and you’ll not only deal with the stress of a new job but also the stress of a new country. Still, for graduates wanting a big adventure it can be an exciting option.
Meanwhile, back in Blighty, it’s important to remember that UK business is investing in graduate talent, particularly in industries like engineering, IT and construction where there are a lot of jobs on offer. And even industries like finance are creating jobs, particularly in the South East and London. Meanwhile, the catering industry is so strong in the UK that many people come here from abroad to try their luck in hospitality. It’s important not to get disheartened and to make sure you look at every avenue before considering anything drastic as a knee-jerk reaction.
British businesses investing in graduates
There are companies within the UK that have recognised the importance of keeping home-grown talent and are incentivising graduates to stay on and join them for the long term. For example, recently pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline announced that, starting from the introduction of higher fees, they will pay off the tuition fee debt acquired by all of the graduates they recruit – provided they remain contracted to them for two years. And they’re not the only ones, as companies look to pay the tuition fees of graduate employees.
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