graduates-concerned-about-job-opportunitiesA new guide for parents of recent graduates written by award winning career coach Denise Taylor was launched today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The guide aims to help parents support graduates in their search for work and understand the support available.

With the New Year approaching, many graduates will refocus efforts on their job search and the Government backed Graduate Talent Pool website ( is a great place to start. With around 6578 vacancies and two thirds offering payment, the site matches talented graduates to internship opportunities. Internships allow graduates the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and experience in a real working environment and give an insight into what a particular career has to offer as well as being one of the best ways for graduates to improve their employability.

Denise, author of How to Get a Job in a Recession, says: “Now six months on from their graduation, many graduates may be in need of some family support in their job search. Despite their children being grown up, many parents of graduates are still naturally concerned about their prospects and want to be able to help.”

Minister of State for Higher Education David Lammy said: “Internships can help graduates kick-start their careers and are part of a package of measures to support them and improve their chances of getting a long term and well paid career. The guide explains all of the opportunities available so that parents and graduates can discuss the options together.

“Higher education is a long term investment that pays back big dividends over a working lifetime and even in these difficult times graduates do better than those with lower qualifications.”

The ‘Parent Motivators’ guide is available to download for free at