should be provided to ensure that graduates struggling to find a
job can still learn, develop, maintain and update their skills so
as to not end up being left depressed, it has been stated.
The recently-published Prince's Trust YouGov Youth Index 2010 found
that 11 per cent of young people were driven to a life of drink and
drugs as a result of being unemployed.
Sarah Brennan, the chief executive of the national charity
YoungMinds, feels that the psychological scars of being out of work
could be healed if they were adequately supported through the
She said: "Lack of work not only means financial hardship, but the
absence of structure and opportunities to socialise with work
colleagues can create high levels of emotional distress.
"Therefore services must be provided which focus on young peoples
needs and provide support during these difficult times."
Former students looking for any position, whether it be a graduate
job in sales or a graduate placement, have been encouraged to make
the most of the internet as a beneficial tool.
Roy Murphy, co-author of Personal Reputation Management: Making the
Internet Work for You, recently wrote for the Times that graduates
could use social networking sites and blogs to their advantage if
done in the right way.
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