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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.

  • Graduate Headhunter for 'C Level' Executive Search Firm

    Shortlist Location: London, Singapore, United States
    Salary: Basic up to £30,000 and OTE to £55,000 + stock options + benefits + Bonus
    My client is a privately owned and award winning Executive Search firm focusing on ‘C Suite and Board level’ assignments across Financial Services, Commerce & Industry, Technology-Media & Telecoms and Professional Services. Due to their continued and sustained success, they are

  • Recruitment Consultancy, Graduate Times Top 100 Listed

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £23,000 Base to £60,000 OTE + OTE
    The Company International Recruitment Company featuring divisions for IT, Finance, Media and Banking. To implement planned expansion they wish to hire 3 Trainee Recruitment Consultants for each of these divisions. Training Each Trainee Recruitment Consultant will receive in-depth training in the

  • Associate-Level Researcher for Global Retained Search Firm

    Shortlist Location: London, Singapore, United States
    Salary: £30,000 to £45,000 depending on expirence + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Maiden Marc Associates are currently working with an industry leading, global Executive Search firm who are looking for several Research Associates to join a number of their corporate business practices. Covering the placements of CEOs, Chairmen, MDs and other direct Board

  • Event Sponsorship Sales

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: £18000 to £20000 per annum + OTE
    Basic Salary: £18, 000 - £20,000 (1st year OTE £35,000 - £40,000)IMMEDIATE START!!!! Our market leading media and events company are currently seeking passionate, driven and enthusiastic people to join their multi-award winning sales team.The client offers a competitive base salary

  • BAE Systems - Chemist

    Shortlist Location: Wales
    Salary: £25,000 to £28,000
    Glascoed BAE Systems Munitions is responsible for the design, manufacture and support of a wide range of munitions products. This requires us to formulate new materials, design features and functions and to ensure that we have manufacturing processes able to meet

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: £18000 to £20000 per annum negotiable depending on experience + stock options + OTE + Bonus + share scheme
    Trainee Recruitment Consultant Here at Graduate Futures we look for confident, inquisitive and personable candidates with exceptional communication skills for one of our multi award winning companies.Our client is one of the top recruitment companies in the UK and offers;- Basic

  • Graduate Recruitment Consultant- £23k OTE £38k Central Londo

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £23000 to £38000 per annum negotiable depending on experience + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Graduate Scheme - Trainee Recruitment ConsultantVictoria, London£23, 000 Basic Salary (£2,000 pay rise when you reach Consultant level and a further £3,000 bonus for when you make 10 placements)£35, 000 OTEIndustry: IT| Electronic Engineering | Finance | Consultancy We are a

  • Deloitte - Graduate Opportunities in Audit

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive
    In the fast-changing and increasingly technology-focused environment that we now live in, our audit team will give you a chance to gain a real insight in the world of business and get involved in some truly inspiring and meaningful work. What’s

  • Graduate/Trainee Recruitment Consultant Into IT/Technology

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20000 to £40000 per annum + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Join a growing and award winning IT Recruitment Consultancy on their Graduate/Trainee Scheme and be in control of your earnings and career progression!Recruiting on behalf of clients, sourcing and searching for candidates who fit the requirements set out by your clients.Developing

  • Data & Analytics Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20,000 basic to OTE £40,000
    Immediate Start! Data & Analytics Recruitment Consultant – London Are you looking for a career where your earnings are based on how hard you work? Do you want to work with top international clients in a fast paced environment? Keen to

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