internships rise to 30 percent of overall sales, from 7 percent, in the past five years. China is the most popular destination for these business placements.
Quite often a big part of the trip is to say, when I come back is there going to be an extra bit on my CV, to say well yeah this guy's worth employing, said Ian Birbeck who runs the company's press department.
Research by Warwick University into graduates in the UK published last Wednesday, reinforced the sense of gloom, reporting that one in 10 recent graduates have experienced significant spells of unemployment.
The report said 40 percent of recent graduates are working in lower-paid jobs that do not require a university degree.
Tori Peel-Yates, 26, who graduated from Leeds in 2009 and decided to move to Belgium a few months ago for a traineeship at the European Commission, said the job opportunities there were better than in the UK.
I was fed up with writing job applications and receiving rejection after rejection, or no response at all.