French graduates look to build careers abroad

French graduates look to build careers abroad
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More and more French university graduates are looking beyond France to build a career, as they struggle to find work at home, a new survey revealed this week.

The percentage of French college graduates looking to venture abroad to start their careers has more than doubled in the last year, according to the Deloitte and Ifop survey.

The second annual 'young graduates mood barometer' found that 27% of French university leavers now envisage themselves having to leave the country to find a good job.

This is a sharp rise from last year's figure of 13%, according to the survey reported by French TV TF1.

Furthermore, the study showed on Monday that 58% of those who recently earned a college degree, saw their chances of finding work in France within six months as low.

Not that these recent entrants into the French job market aren't looking hard enough. On average, the survey found that after more than three months of searching, 38% hadn't been given a single interview.

Of those that had managed to find that elusive job, the average number of CVs they had sent out was 16.

The number of unemployed has risen steadily in France over the past 20 months, and could soon reach the high record high set in January 1997 of 3.2 million. Last year the rate broke the symbolic 10 percent barrier and at the end of last year it was at its highest rate in 15 years.

French President François Hollande has vowed to stop the jobless rate from rising by the end of 2013 and has declared this year "the great battle for jobs".

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