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Published on Aug 16, 2011

Recent graduates and student representatives talk about ways in which college or university students can take action to make themselves as employable as possible when they graduate.

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James Harrison, Vice President for Learning and Development at the Glasgow University Students' Representative Council explains that there are many ways in which you can improve your chances of employability when you leave education. He suggests joining a club or society, taking a part time job or looking for voluntary work.

Archivist Laura Stevens says voluntary work at the Glasgow Womens' Library provided her with the practical experience necessary to get her into a masters in information management, as well as providing references which helped her successfully apply for paid work.

Mouris Bashir is the president of the National Union of Students at Telford College in Edinburgh. He talks about the ways that getting involved in student activities and NUS business can help prepare you for the workplace in terms of improving your confidence, planning and organisation skills as well as helping with your communication skills.

Maisie Walker is studying international hospitality and tourism management at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. She describes the benefits of doing her part time job as a front of house assistant at Tom Kitchin's Leith restaurant The Kitchen. She says that the work has helped in terms of providing some extra cash, as well as giving her some valuable experience in the workplace.

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