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Graduate Careers

This information is provided for general reference ONLY. We strongly suggest you consult you local or University Careers Service for professional advice.

Why do employers want graduates?
All employers are looking for employees to demonstrate a combination of knowledge, skills and personal qualities.

  • Knowledge, this usually is related to the degree subject studied but also understanding of the life experiences acquired from living independently during you University life.
  • Skills, typically intellectual and other key skills used to undertake study. Critical evaluation and interpretation of evidence, which can be used to make a decision. Other skills include oral communication, team working, IT,numeracy which are not to be underestimated.
  • Personal Qualities such as adaptability, creativity, involvement, the ability to work under pressure and initiative.

How do employers try to identify graduates with these qualities? Knowledge to a degree of accuracy can be determined by your academic record. Skills can be defined on your CV and listed and adapted for specific roles. Personal qualities is slightly more tricky, recruiters look for you to demonstrate involvement at an organisational level in university clubs, societies or sports. Additionally involvement in community based activities, vacation work and / or travel is also a plus. Recruiter want to see that you are able to organise and importantly get involved in activities over and above academic study, that you have a good balance between work and recreational activity.

Significant to graduates is their ability to bring a fresh approach, innovative thought and drive to the role. It is assumed that because graduates have not had the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in the workplace, they are ambitious to succeed. Its this ambition and drive that most graduate employers are looking to harness.

Deciding what to do?
Often graduates feel that their first role after graduation will set them on a career path that will determine the rest of their career. This is often not the case, so don't be reluctant to accept a role if its does not fully meet your expectations. In the context of you career from beginning to end your first job may not represent what you do during the majority of you career. The important thing is that you can demonstrate a clear career goal and that there are no significant gaps in your employment.

The Reality
The reality is that approximately 200,000 students graduate from UK Universities each year. There aren't 200,000 graduate jobs or training schemes for each graduate so competition is fierce. Most graduates are equipped with similar knowledge, skills and qualifications so the important thing is make the most of any opportunity that presents itself. If you don't its guaranteed that someone else will.

Making the most of an opportunity in reality means going the extra yard. Be prepared to relocate to a different part of the country, be prepared to take a reduced salary initially it may not be the £22k - 25k that you have dreamt of whilst at University but if it pays your rent and gets you started its a platform from which to launch your career.

The important thing is that you get your foot in the door, you have the ability and the drive so go out there and get it!

This information is provided for general reference ONLY. We strongly suggest you consult you local or University Careers Service for professional advice.

Here is a selection of jobs from both SMEs and large organisations recruiting graduates right now.

  • Astrazeneca Pharmaceutical Development Graduate Programme

    Shortlist Location: Rest of Europe (excl. UK and Eire), Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Applications are now open for the UK and Sweden 2015 Pharmaceutical Development graduate programme. If you share our passion for science and want to make a genuine difference, today and in the future, then the Pharmaceutical Development graduate programme was made

  • E.ON - IT and Business Change

    Shortlist Location: East Midlands, Nationwide
    Salary: £27,500 + benefits + Bonus
    Business partners in changing times Around £27,500 starting salary + £1,500 welcome bonus 24 months UK based (mainly Midlands) with international placement On our IT and Business Change scheme, you'll deliver innovative IT solutions that keep us moving forward. You'll ensure

  • Global Recruitment Firm – Hiring Graduate Trainee Consultant

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 20000 to 25000 + benefits + OTE
    Position: GLOBAL Recruitment Firm – Hiring Graduate Trainee Consultants Location: Central London, Canary Wharf Duration: Permanent Salary: £20,000 - £25,000 + Uncapped Commission (OTE of £50,000 in Year 1) Rewards/Incentives: • An uncapped commission scheme from day one • Regular competitions

  • Trainee IT Recruitment Consultant – Ambitious Grads Wanted

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 21000 + OTE
    Position: Trainee IT Recruitment Consultant – Ambitious grads wanted – London. Location: Central London Salary: £21,000 plus an OTE of £45,000 Start date: January 2015. The Company: This company is a leading specialist IT Recruitment Business looking to add several motivated

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Oil & Gas Sector

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 18 to 22k + Commission + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Oil & Gas / IT Sectors. Top training and earning potential! Based London. The Person You should be a graduate or of graduate calibre and ideally have some sales experience to apply for this Graduate Trainee Recruitment

  • 2015 Summer Analyst and Associate Internship Opportunities

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Opportunities Bank of America Merrill Lynch is committed to offering the scope and opportunities the very best of graduate talent deserves. Full-time and internship programmes are available in the following areas: Compliance, Corporate Audit, Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Global Loan

  • TfL - Electrical Engineering Graduate Programme

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £26,000 + benefits
    We have a huge opportunity ahead of us. We will improve transport provision by modernising the first metro in the world while continuing the smooth running of the one billion journeys taken on the Tube every year. It's a major responsibility

  • B2B - Graduate Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: Central
    Salary: £20000 to £23000 per annum + OTE + Bonus
    SECURE YOURSELF A TOP SALES JOB BEFORE CHRISTMAS OR FOR JANUARY 2015!!Basic Salary: £23,000 Commission (Uncapped on target earnings) 1st year: £35,000 2nd year: £60,000 3rd year: £90,000+Incentives: Company trips abroad to Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Dubai, Ibiza and more,

  • Trainee Head Hunter / Recruitment - Full Training Scheme

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 20k Basic + Commission (40k OTE Year 1) + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Graduate / Trainee Headhunter, Recruitment Consultant position available in the city of London. Full graduate training scheme provided, excellent earning potential from day one as part of the Research team. The person You should be a sales focussed, confident and ambitious

  • Thales - Business Graduate Programmes

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: £25,500 + benefits
    We’re inventing the future, right here, right now, at Thales. By combining the curiosity to explore, the intelligence to question and the vision to create, we’re transforming the world around us. Together, we ponder the positively perplexing problems our customers face

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