BU ‘number one’ for work experience, study finds

Posted on Saturday, June 29 2013

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Bournemouth University is top of the class when it comes to offering students work placements, a new study has found.

Research conducted by graduate-jobs.com found that BU has the highest proportion of graduates with work experience on their CVs compared to other UK universities.

According to the study, nearly nine out of ten Bournemouth students graduating in 2013 have spent time in a workplace prior to graduation.

Gerry Wyatt, Operations Director at graduate-jobs.com, said: “Bournemouth University graduates often have a comparatively substantial spell in the workplace, practical and relevant experience of their chosen career, enriched CVs, and an understanding of the importance of both teamwork and interpersonal skills.”

He added that work experience was crucial in helping graduates stand out in the recruitment process, demonstrating work ethic and career aptitude when they apply for a job.

“Those Bournemouth students that have taken advantage of the work placements available to them have also shown initiative, ambition and drive in finding and being chosen for such employment experiences,” said Gerry.

“Their future employers benefit by filling entry-level positions with graduates who have an understanding of the graduate’s chosen industry.”

Bournemouth University offers every Undergraduate student the opportunity to undertake a professional placement – typically 40 weeks in length – and has more students on a work placement than any other university in England.

Professor John Vinney, Vice-Chancellor of Bournemouth University, said, “This study is another example of the brilliant work taking place at Bournemouth University.

“I am truly proud of the student experience our graduates have and am happy to see that they are leaving BU prepared to succeed in their chosen fields.”

Read the graduate-jobs.com article in full