Centrica survey shows that a cover letter including work experience is a plus

Centrica survey shows that a cover letter including work experience is a plus

Monster News

28/09/2011

Young candidates looking to gain engineering jobs should take a look at new research from leading company Centrica, which has shown that students should seek work experience in the sector they're interested in.

In the survey of graduates, two out of five said that money was the main motivation behind holiday and student employment but almost two-thirds said they regretted not gaining relevant work experience while at university.

In a separate study of 1,000 university applicants, 75 per cent agreed that a summer placement was vital in helping secure a job following the completion of their studies.

James Fothergill, the Confederation of British Industry's head of education and skills policy, told the Press Association: "Summer placements or internships provide invaluable experience in the workplace that employers look for when recruiting graduates, in addition to formal qualifications."

The survey was carried out with around 1,000 participants with Centrica recently saying it had taken on over 70 undergraduates on its summer placement scheme this year.