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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.

  • Defra - Biological Hazards Scientific Officer

    Shortlist Location: West Midlands
    Salary: £27,400
    £27,400 Stafford Ref: 1431366 This is an exciting opportunity to drive the success of initiatives at the heart of the UK’s Government Decontamination Service. No two days are ever the same. One minute you could be co-ordinating and managing the nation’s

  • Lidl - 48wk Undergraduate Placement Programme

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: £20,000 + benefits
    Excellent £20k pa + 30 days holiday (Pro rata) LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE Our 48-week Placement will unearth your talent and confidence and help you see your future clearly as you work towards your degree and retail career. Ranking 60th in the 2014/15

  • ABF - Customer Development Graduate Scheme

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive
    If you are results-driven; like to make a real difference; have strong communication skills and can think strategically to challenge the status quo, then a career in customer development could be for you. We need individuals who want to be responsible

  • 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

  • Hilti - Account Manager, Energy and Industry - Manchester

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: Competitive Package + benefits
    We passionately create enthusiastic customers and build a better future! In doing so we live our values: integrity, courage, teamwork and commitment. We supply innovative solutions offering superior added value to construction professionals in 120 countries throughout the world. For our

  • Hilti - Account Manager, Energy and Industry – East Anglia and Leics

    Shortlist Location: The East, East Midlands
    Salary: Competitive Package
    We passionately create enthusiastic customers and build a better future! In doing so we live our values: integrity, courage, teamwork and commitment. We supply innovative solutions offering superior added value to construction professionals in 120 countries throughout the world. For our

  • Decathlon - Digital Project Placement Scheme (London)

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Decathlon is the world's largest sports retailer with approaching 1000 stores and rapidly developing digital platform. We are looking for someone who is ambitious and who can rise to the challenge of developing decathlon.co.uk into the most innovative and user friendly

  • Hilti - Account Manager, Energy and Industry - Aberdeen

    Shortlist Location: Scotland
    Salary: Competitive Package + benefits
    We passionately create enthusiastic customers and build a better future! In doing so we live our values: integrity, courage, teamwork and commitment. We supply innovative solutions offering superior added value to construction professionals in 120 countries throughout the world. For our

  • Internship Opportunities with Barclays

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    We’re setting out to shape the future of our business. Driven by strong values and a clear direction, we’re focusing on one core purpose - helping people achieve their ambitions in the right way. This includes our interns. The opportunities Right

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant - FMCG - London

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20k to 24k per year + Commission
    Trainee Recruitment Consultant. Graduate. FMCG industry. London. 20k. Incentives and Benefits. * Are you a graduate looking to start a massively successful career with some of the best financial incentives on offer in the industry? * Do you want to work

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