Are Students Considering Contracting?

Throughout university or any higher education whereby you are considered a student, a principle concern is the end result, whether that is a diploma, degree, etc. Years of hard work amount to a single grade that will illustrate the hours of hard work and ample research conducted.

There is no dispute that the grade you achieve will greatly enhance a professional CV when trying to find a job, but what about the blank space surrounding it? Academic achievements and educational experience will probably see a candidate's CV to a recruiter's consideration pile, but the next box to tick is experience. Recruiters, when considering their desired candidate, will essentially look for an individual that has proven capabilities of completing exercises that are day to day requirements of the proposed job role or relevant contract.

A lack of relevant experience will serve as a hindrance in a job application process, as experience and academic achievement combined denote an ideal candidate. The silver lining of this luring issue is that a majority of courses do now offer a placement year, whereby students can potentially gain a wealth of knowledge about their chosen industry and invaluable experience, usually taking place between their 2nd and final year. In addition, some students find part time work whilst studying, although this situation appears to be in the minority after recent reports from the Office of National Statistics revealed that only a quarter of students have these jobs.

Figures from earlier this year showed that a fifth of students are unemployed 6 months after graduating from university. Most students are desperate for employment, made all the worse by thousands of pounds of pending debt looming over them. But their desperation was demonstrated and publicised by recent graduate Alan Bacon’s story. Alan, 21, was made to dance by Currys in Cardiff to “Around the world” by Daft Punk. The story hit the headlines as Alan, and other candidate’s, embarrassment and dismay concerning the process was evident, prompting the established technical store to issue an apology.

Throughout the contracting market, a midst the influx of professionals becoming self-employed, more and more ex-students are entering the fray. It has been suggested that contracting, freelancing and becoming self-employed is becoming a more popular route for those newly thrust into the business world, the lack of direct options for graduates being the reason for this.

By:Amy Hinchliffe

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