Industry experts go online to advise graduates

Graduates
seeking information and advice on career planning can talk to industry experts
online following the launch of a series of weekly chatrooms.

The
chatrooms are hosted by Prospects.ac.uk, the national graduate careers website
run by CSU, the higher education Careers Services Unit.

Careers
Chat Live, which launches on Wednesday 9 October, comprises a series of
discussion sessions each week, during which graduates will be able to put their
questions to representatives from a wide range of graduate employers.

"The
chatroom is a further development of our Careers Message Board, where graduates
can share their careers concerns with each other," explains Mike Hill,
CSU’s chief executive. "The live chat rooms will enable final year
students and graduates to talk to industry experts in an informal
situation."

Each
week, an expert will be online to discuss general questions about graduate
recruitment or specific questions relating to their industry sector. 

The
line up before Christmas includes representatives from Robson Rhodes, Unilever,
Royal Sun Alliance and Corus. Topics to be covered in the New Year will include
teaching, art and design, medical/pharmaceutical and the public sector.

Sessions
will take place every Wednesday between 2-3pm and are predominantly designed
for final year students and recent graduates.

By Ben Willmott

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