Career Path Of A Graduate Labour Market

2372 WordsJan 28, 201510 Pages
Research rationale, objectives and hypothesis Given the fact that the graduate labour market is becoming increasingly more competitive every year, graduates attempt to differentiate themselves and gain an advantage against their fellow competitors. One of the most common ways to achieve that has been by gaining work experience through internships. This practice is so popular in the current society that it is considered almost a mandatory step in a graduate’s career path. This research attempts to further explore that concept and determine whether or not it is always in a student’s best interest to pursue an internship. For that reason, the different ways graduates can gain work experience will be identified and the advantages or disadvantages they offer to all parties involved will be highlighted. Furthermore, the effect a paid internship may have on the career path of a graduate will be compared to the effect an unpaid internship has, aiding students decide the suitability of each option. Last but not least, some ethical and legal implications around the subject are considered. Advantages and disadvantages of paid and unpaid internships for graduates There are many benefits - aside from the monetary rewards related to paid internships - that influence students in their decision to commit to an internship. First, an internship can prove to be a great addition to a graduates CV and therefore make them more attractive to prospective employers. A graduate’s level of

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