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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 Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: £18000 to £20000 per annum + OTE
    I AM A TRAINEEEEEE RECRUITMENT CONSULTANT!!Come and work with me!!I have just completed my first week in recruitment and I can safely say that although it has been an incredibly steep learning curve it has been so much fun and I

  • Graduate Headhunter (Graduate Scheme)

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: £18000 to £20000 per annum + OTE
    Do you want to work in a meritocratic environment?I am currently seeking motivated, driven, bright graduates to start their career in recruitment as a trainee headhunter/recruitment consultant. My client is a multi-award winning recruitment firm specialising in the IT and oil

  • ABF - Engineering Graduate Scheme

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive
    The Engineering function plays a critical role in all of our businesses in keeping the whole operation running smoothly to manufacture quality products efficiently, safely and ensure delivery on time to our customers. Engineering at ABF is different to most engineering

  • Graduate Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: Central
    Salary: £20000 to £22000 per annum + OTE + Bonus + share scheme
    Business Development & Recruiting Graduate Scheme (Property Recruitment Consultant) - Want to join an academy of Graduates starting in October? Want to enter the business world and work with a company that is growing? Want a slice of the lucrative Property

  • Graduate Recruitment Consultant Up to £45k OTE Year 1!

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £18000 to £23000 per annum + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Graduated and now time to look for a financially rewarding career? Enter the recruitment industry and be rewarded!Here at Vine Graduate we help graduates enter the lucrative Recruitment industry! We have a host clients across different recruitment sectors from IT to

  • Political Events & Media Sales

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: £16000 to £18000 per annum + OTE
    Political Events & Media Sales Basic Salary: £18, 000 - £20,000 (1st year OTE £35,000 - £40,000) IMMEDIATE START!!!! Are you energetic, pro-active and self motivated? Do you have what it takes to converse with high end businesses? Are you interested

  • Graduate Education Recruitment Consultant- Amazing Salary!

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £25,000 + benefits + OTE
    Graduate Education Recruitment Consultant- Competitive Salary/ Fun Environment! Location: Central London Salary: 1st year 25k (50k+ OTE) 2nd year 30k (80k+) Urgent – Central London recruitment consultancy looking for graduate consultants This is a brilliant opportunity to enter into a reputable

  • Business Development Associate - Digital Marketing

    Shortlist Location: London, Yorkshire
    Salary: £20,000 £30K OTE + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Driven by success? This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with a keen interest in a career that offers an exciting and rewarding environment. You will be working within one of the most innovative Digital marketing and international SEO companies

  • Graduate / Trainee Analyst

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £23,000 to £28,000 + benefits + Bonus
    Established and successful blue chip company is looking for a graduate / trainee Application Support Analyst/ Technical Business Analyst to join their team. You will be provided with full and extensive training to become an experienced Application Support Analyst. As an

  • Financial Consultant - Search and Recruitment Associate

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20,000 to £42,000 commission + OTE
    Working with the top financial firms across the UK and wider afield, we are looking for a charismatic and confident graduate to join the exclusive recruitment team, searching for the very best talent across the financial sector. With offices in New

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