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Where To Find The Lost Generation


As another university year draws to a close, thousands of students will be graduating in more debt than ever before. They are the first to complete their degree since the introduction of the controversial top-up fees in September 2006. The recent CIPD survey on student jobs confirms the sharp reduction in graduate employment schemes and recent estimates forecast the number of under-25s without a job at almost 1 million by July. The class of 2009 is facing a tough summer as part of what is being labelled ‘The Lost Generation’. However all is not lost as students may stand a better chance to secure a stable career in their chosen field, with the help of

They should take heart; they are a talented bunch. Joanna Ward, Director and Co-founder of said “There are over 12,500 students registered on studentgems at the moment and we have compelling evidence of the talent pool available to businesses across the whole of the UK. There has never been a better time for businesses to find out what students can do and for the students to take advantage of that need.” was established to provide a platform for students to sell their skills to employers at a fraction of the professional cost and they have grasped the opportunity to showcase their talents. Joanna Ward continued “One glance at the students’ profiles shows just how capable our students are.”

One student to have benefitted from the site is Philippa Parry who is studying English Literature at the University of Birmingham. She said ”The variety of short and long-term jobs available on studentgems means that I am able to find work using the website to suit my situation of the moment. It gives students access to paid opportunities that they would have struggled to find otherwise, and benefits employers too by letting them search for potential employees with precisely the skills they need.” Philippa did a telemarketing project for Rosy Holt of the Athena Network, who said “I found I used studentgems almost like an extension of my own business, the students that worked on my project were professional, efficient and enthusiastic in what they did and were the sort of people, that if I was looking to take on permanent staff, I would have desperately tried to find.”

Therefore any businesses thinking of taking on a graduate this summer, maybe a Studentgem candidate is the answer. Those students who have developed relevant work experience, proved themselves to be proactive and can offer a ready-made portfolio must be strong candidates putting themselves at the front of what is fast becoming a very long queue for jobs. is the brainchild of Joanna Ward and Sue Harrison, two women who saw the potential for the idea of a “one-stop shop” for students and businesses throughout the UK.

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