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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.

  • Administrator / B&M Coordinator - Matalan - North West

    Shortlist Location: Liverpool, Manchester
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Administrator / B&M Coordinator We are currently recruiting for a B&M Coordinator to provide support to our Buying & Merchandising teams. As a B&M Coordinator, you will provide a professional and effective administration support. You will work in a fast paced

  • Account Manager (Wales) - Hilti

    Shortlist Location: Wales
    Salary: Competitive
    Hilti offers outstanding career opportunities in one of the world`s most successful companies in the construction industry. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in developing a career with a global, world-leading brand! Your Responsibilities •Professional field sales and high

  • Lidl - Graduate Area Manager

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: £38,000 to £57,000 + benefits
    Starting on £38,000 with the potential to earn up to £57,000 pa Fully expensed Company car, contributory pension scheme, Private Medical Cover LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE Final year already… time to look ahead. With your confidence, natural leadership and team spirit you won’t

  • Account Manager (South of England) - Hilti

    Shortlist Location: South East, South West
    Salary: Competitive
    Hilti offers outstanding career opportunities in one of the world`s most successful companies in the construction industry. To join our regional sales teams in the South of England, we are currently looking for Account Managers This is a great opportunity for

  • Customer Service Representative (Manchester) - Hilti

    Shortlist Location: Manchester
    Salary: Competitive
    Hilti offers outstanding career opportunities in one of the world`s most successful companies in the construction industry. Your Responsibilities •Process all calls (inbound and outbound) from customers and field based personnel in an efficient and professional manner •Achieve sales objectives by

  • Account Manager (Central London) - Hilti

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: Competitive
    Hilti offers outstanding career opportunities in one of the world`s most successful companies in the construction industry. Your Responsibilities • Professional field sales and high level customer consultation in territories nationwide within the construction industry • Developing existing as well as

  • HP Intern Programme – Business

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    What do you think about when you hear the name HP? Is it printers? Laptops? Maybe it’s Beats Audio™? Most people do. It’s understandable – these are our products people see every day. But what about the other sides to HP?

  • Account Manager (Central England) - Hilti

    Shortlist Location: Central
    Salary: Competitive
    Hilti offers outstanding career opportunities in one of the world`s most successful companies in the construction industry. To join our regional sales teams in Central England regions, we are currently looking for Account Managers This is a great opportunity for anyone

  • Account Manager (North of England) - Hilti

    Shortlist Location: North West, North East
    Salary: Competitive
    Hilti offers outstanding career opportunities in one of the world`s most successful companies in the construction industry. To join our regional sales teams in the North of England regions, we are currently looking for Account Managers This is a great opportunity

  • Account Manager - National Press Paper

    Shortlist Location: Central
    Salary: £20000.00 to £23000.00 per annum negotiable + benefits + OTE
    Advertising Sales Executive - National Press Newspaper Central London 20k - 23K Basic + OTE 10k One of the world's largest newspaper publisher is looking for a confident and tenacious sales executive. Are you excited at the chance of working for

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