End unpaid internships and work
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Graduating university with £40,000 - £50,000 of debt following increased fees makes taking unpaid work that bit more difficult. School leavers were encouraged to look at increased university fees positively as university would be an investment into job security, but a competitive market means that many graduates are refused graduate jobs on the basis of no experience. The primary way to gain experience is through unpaid schemes. Worse still, some have experienced being discouraged from putting down certain paid jobs, such as waitressing, on their CV as, it appears, such paid experience is not valued by employers. Therefore, there is really little option but to work for free to gain the necessary experience. Such a reality is frustrating for those with already massive debts which continue to increase the longer you are unemployed.
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