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Where have all the jobs gone?

Having just spent two years in university and now almost finishing my industrial placement, I have started looking for potential lines of work before I graduate and find I have no job.

At the beginning of my course I was encouraged to work hard and take all opportunities I could, with the promise of an industry in need of engineers. After reading articles about how there is a shortage of engineers in the industry, I could only feel more encouraged to do well and graduate as soon as possible.

However, having looked at the job sections in the magazines that circulate our office, I rarely see any adverts that state they are looking for "graduate engineers". Instead I see most of the adverts for managers, lead roles and senior engineers.

After being promised a time when "companies will be fighting over you" and then encountering a lack of interest in many companies when I applied for industrial placement, I now find most of the adverts aimed at people other than the sector in most need of job adverts.

I hope that when I do start applying for jobs next year, I will in fact be able to find a company that is willing to take on a person who has just graduated, and might not know everything.

Sam Murray, Norwich,

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