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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.

  • Majestic Wine - Trainee Manager (Hampshire)

    Shortlist Location: South East
    Salary: £19,080 + benefits + Bonus
    Job Description A Trainee Manager plays an integral role in the effective day-to-day operation of a Majestic store and is key to the delivery of consistently high standards of customer service. The Trainee Manager must contribute to the maintenance of store

  • Graduate Sales Programme - Express Vending (London & South East)

    Shortlist Location: South East, London
    Salary: £23,000 + benefits + OTE
    Excellent Package – 23K basic plus substantial bonus structure plus 5K car allowance London & Home Counties Express Vending is the leading supplier of high quality vending machines in the UK. We sell high value business to business solutions and are

  • German Speaking Graduate Sales and Marketing Executive

    Shortlist Location: South East, London
    Salary: 20000 + OTE
    German Speaking Graduate Sales and Marketing Executive - Central London Basic up to £20K (£35K Minimum OTE) A fantastic, rapidly growing organisation based in Central London right next to Liverpool Street station is looking for a German Speaking Graduate Sales Executive

  • New! Energy Recruitment - Grad Scheme - London / Berlin

    Shortlist Location: Rest of Europe (excl. UK and Eire), London, Scotland, Rest of World (excl. Europe), Nationwide
    Salary: £20,000 + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    The company: Spencer Ogden is a well-established yet rapidly growing Energy Recruitment company, with branches internationally having only opened in 2010. Our hard work and entrepreneurial attitude has seen exponential growth recruiting into the energy sector and has seen our brand

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: West Midlands
    Salary: £17,000 to £22,000 + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Our client recruits for the highest calibre professionals in the Public Sector and has offices nationwide. This is an opportunity to join a fantastic organisation as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant. As a trainee, you will be expected to learn the processes

  • Graduate Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: North West, Yorkshire
    Salary: 18000 to 45000 + OTE
    Graduate Recruitment Consultant Exciting opportunity to join an award winning recruitment agency on an industry leading graduate trainee recruitment program in our Leeds office. The Story Gravitas has grown from 2 to 75 consultants in less than 3 years with offices

  • Area Manager - Aldi

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: £41k rising to £67,750 after 4 years
    The thing that makes someone up at 5am and ride We want it... Some people rise to the challenge. Others pull the duvet over their head and go back to sleep. The kind of person you are really determines if you

  • Grad Trainee Recruiters Wanted! - Hays Corporate Services

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20K BASIC (£50K+ OTE) + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    As one of the largest recruitment businesses in London, Hays are always looking for driven individuals who are ambitious to achieve results and power the world of work for our customers. In today’s fast-paced job market, we believe that it’s vital

  • Law Graduate Wanted

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20,000
    We are a niche business specialising in professional negligence insurance for financial advisers and other professionals. We both underwrite risks and handle claims, acting for a number of leading insurers. We require an additional claims handler to help us with our

  • Professional Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: London, Nationwide
    Salary: £17,000 to £22,000 depending on experience + OTE
    Professional Trainee Recruitment Consultant My client, a leading recruitment agency based in Watford, is looking for 3x trainee recruitment consultants to join a vibrant team. At 12 strong, the Watford office is the smallest. However, this is great news for individuals

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