Related posts:No related photos. Employers forced to meet university leavers half wayOn 2 May 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Employers used to dealing with mobile graduate trainees are having to caterfor a growing number who cannot afford to leave home.Many graduates struggling to repay student loans still live with theirparents, a seminar organised by the Association of Graduate Recruiters heard.Sonia Dennehy, association chairwoman and Superdrug HR operationscontroller, said employers should no longer assume that the graduates theyrecruit are mobile.She said, “I don’t think it is at a point where it is a problem, but Ithink there is a trend which seems to indicate that students are finding itmore difficult to move because they are paying off student debts.”Dennehy said a second group of students is also emerging who, while livingindependently, do not wish to leave their home or university town or city.”They may have gone to university somewhere and really liked it. Theyhave a nice quality of life. They do not want to have to sacrifice quality oflife to climb the promotion ladder.”She told the Glasgow seminar, “Before, you assumed that a graduatewould just up sticks and go wherever you wanted them to.”We now spend a lot of time really trying to satisfy graduates’requirements in terms of where they want to be. It is becoming more and more ofan issue.”Bob Porrer, director of Edinburgh University’s career service, told theseminar the pressure to repay debts is preventing some students meetingemployers’ expectations through extra-curricular activities. Other students, hesaid, are able to do only a limited number of job applications.