A survey of 1,000 university-leavers has revealed that 35% are considering some sort of postgraduate qualification, but a major employer has warned that many bosses prefer grads to gain extra experience, not extra education.

Are you about to make a bad investment?

Sonja Stockton of PriceWaterhouseCoopers said:

“Despite the growing trend of graduates continuing to study after completing their undergraduate degree, further post graduate education isn’t necessarily more valuable in the eyes of employers.

“Work experience and other ways of developing your employability skills, such as through voluntary work, internships and extra curricular activities can prove to employers just as effectively that you have developed desirable skills required for your job and future career.”

“Graduates should reassess their long term career goals and be flexible about the opportunities and employers they consider.

“They should take action to match their experience to employers’ requirements and look for opportunities that offer excellent training.”

Graduate Fog thought Stockton’s comments were interesting – and noted her assumption that graduates should gain training and experience before applying for jobs that previous generations could have walked into straight after uni…

However, PwC’s career tips were less convincing.

They were about as useful as my top five tips for auditing would be.

(Shame on the Daily Telegraph for publishing them).

Just for fun, let’s take a look:

* Set long-term goals. If you don’t know where you are heading to, how are you going to get there?
* Research the market. Be clear about what your potential employer is looking for and work towards meeting those objectives.
* Get out there and network. Build a list of important contacts.
* Get your foot in the door. This can be through internships, summer academies or unpaid work and will show your interest in a company.
* Don’t give up. Everyone faces rejection at some point so keep your long-term goals in mind.

See what I mean?

Sorry guys, but these tips are utter tosh.

In future, how about you stick to auditing – and I’ll handle the careers advice?

; )

*Are you weighing up the pros and cons of postgraduate study?
Read Graduate Fog’s guide to not making a huge mistake!

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