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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 – Systems Analyst, Global Procurement Team,

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: £23,000 to £26,000
    SALARY: £23,000 – £26,000 P.A. LOCATION: LATHOM, LANCASHIRE CLOSING DATE: Friday 7th August WHO ARE WE? The NSG Group is one of the World’s largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for Architectural, Automotive and Technical Glass sectors. With around 28,000

  • 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

  • Recruitment Consultant Rated 6th Sundaytimes100 Best Comp

    Shortlist Location: South East, Newcastle upon Tyne, London
    Salary: 20k Base – 50k OTE + benefits + OTE + expenses
    This is a target-driven opportunity with commission obtainable from the moment you pick up the phone. After a rigorous induction your knowledge will build quickly as you are developed by mentors to become an exceptional recruitment consultant. A diverse and exciting

  • Account Manager (North of England) - Hilti

    Shortlist Location: North West, North East
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    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

  • Executive Search/Research Focused Graduate Position

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £18,000 to £30,000 + benefits + OTE
    £25K Basic + Bonus + Incentives/Benefits Central London Be part of a boutique financial executive search firm, on their exclusive trainee graduate scheme. Working to headhunt and recruit senior professionals at top tier investment banks – this company is looking to

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultants X 5 - London/ New York

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £35,000 to £40,000 + benefits + OTE
    About Twenty There are lots of similar ads on this site – so to save you some time, if you are a bright, outgoing individual who has an entrepreneurial nature and can see yourself running your own business one day then

  • Field Sales Executive - 3x Graduates Needed

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £22,000 + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Are you a high flying graduate looking to kick start your career in Business to Business sales? Do you have a passion for design and want to be part of a global exhibition and events company? If so, Turnstone Sales has

  • Graduate IT Recruitment Consultant - Graduate Programme

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20000 to £35000 per annum negotiable depending on experience + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Graduate IT Recruitment ConsultantIT | Digital | TechnologyBased in Central London£20000 - 22000 basic salary, £35,000 OTE in Year 1 Benefits: 22 days holiday, Gym membership, weekly sales incentives Our client is a successful IT recruitment firm which was first established

  • Account Manager (Central England) - Hilti

    Shortlist Location: Central
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    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

  • Graduate Business Management Programme - Edinburgh

    Shortlist Location: Dundee, Paisley, Perth, Aberdeen, Edinburgh
    Salary: £19K + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Graduate Business Management Programme - Edinburgh Company Information: Allegis Group is a global staffing and recruitment business with over two decades of staffing expertise and a strong reputation. Providing staffing solutions across a wide range of industries we turnover $9.6 billion

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