Students sacrifice summer for work

Increased tuition fees and competition for graduate jobs is pressuring students to give up their summers to gain work experience - according to a new survey.

Foster carers are to receive larger allowance
Foster carers are to receive larger allowance

A survey commissioned by Europes largest student lender, Future Finance, has revealed that 84 per cent of students say that, compared to previous generations, there is now more pressure to gain work experience over the sumer because of higher education costs and greater competition for jobs following graduation.

The survey asked 2,000 young people from around the UK about their plans, and found 77 per cent of students in the East Midlands felt it was important to work over the summer months.

Meanwhile 33 per cent stated the main reason they would work was to gain work experience.