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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.

  • Clestra - Autocad Technician / Technical Support

    Shortlist Location: South East
    Salary: £22K to £23K + benefits
    We have a superb opportunity for a career minded, ambitious, university graduate to join Clestra, the world market leader in providing integrated partition system solutions for high quality, flexible, interior layouts. As Autocad Technician, you will be a key team player

  • Graduate Account Manager - IT & Technology -Attractive Benef

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20000 to £24000 per annum depending on experience + OTE + Bonus
    Are you an ambitious graduate that wants to work at an equally ambitious company? Want to establish a career within account management that boasts opportunities for huge earning potential, rapid career progression and incentives that are unrivalled by any other company?

  • Local Government Graduate Finance Programme

    Shortlist Location: South East, London, Northampton, The East
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    The established London Treasurers’ Graduate Finance Scheme will once again be extending our search for the future of public sector finance to East Sussex and Cambridgeshire as well as a number of London boroughs. The scheme aims to bring together local

  • 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

  • GCHQ - Mandarin Language Specialists

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: Up to £30,000
    Cheltenham  up to £30,000 depending on allowances  You know the Mandarin language inside out, and you would love to turn your flair for the language into something more meaningful. Welcome to one of the most interesting jobs in the world. The

  • 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

  • Graduate Recruitment Consultant – Earn £100k

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £18,000 to £30,000 + benefits + OTE
    Leading Banking and Finance Recruitment Company – Central London – Trainee Recruitment Consultant Basic Salary - £22K + Commission The Company An International Banking and Finance Recruitment Firm seek High Calibre Graduate Trainee’s to join their expanding business. Established for over

  • Lloyd's - Generalist Graduate Programme

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £26,000 + benefits
    From insuring space travel to shipping and celebrities’smiles, the broad scope of work at Lloyd’s means no two careers with us are the same. You benefit from that variety straight away with the rotational graduate programme. This offers high profile work

  • 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

  • HP Graduate Programme – Sales

    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?

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