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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.

  • Customer Loyalty Manager - London - Decathlon

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £18,000 + benefits + Bonus
    Decathlon is an international sports retailer with ambitious expansion plans in the UK and an incredible fast growing online business. We are a dynamic and customer obsessed team of sports lovers shaping the future of Decathlon UK. This role is key

  • WMF - National Account Support Controller (Uxbridge)

    Shortlist Location: South East, London
    Salary: 25000 depending on experience + benefits
    Due to the success of the sales team and the fact that we have several large accounts working with us, we have created this new position. As a National Account Support Controller, your duties will include:- • Work closely / liaise

  • Graduate Media Sales Executive, £22k Basic, Excellent Uncapp

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £22K basic (+OTE) + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Location Central London Salary £22K basic, expected earnings in first year £35K - £45K Start date ASAP The Company Exciting graduate sales opportunity within a fun and vibrant company. Our client is a leading media organisation, based in the heart of

  • Thales - Hardware Engineer

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: £27,000 + benefits
    We’re inventing the future, right here, right now, at Thales. By combining the curiosity to explore, the intelligence to question and the vision to create, we’re transforming the world around us. Together, we ponder the positively perplexing problems our customers face

  • Graduate Scheme - Energy Sector - Recruitment - Worldwide!

    Shortlist Location: Rest of Europe (excl. UK and Eire), London, Rest of World (excl. Europe), Nationwide
    Salary: £20,000 + benefits + Bonus
    Trainee Recruitment Consultant Spencer Ogden: We are currently the fastest growing energy recruitment firm in the world. Following the successful launch of our London HQ four years ago, Spencer-Ogden have capitalised on our expansion strategy by opening offices in the following

  • International Technology Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20000 per annum negotiable depending on experience + OTE + Bonus
    Graduate Recruitment Consultant- InternationalSt Paul's, Central London£22,000 Basic Salary£35,000 OTEIndustry: Technology | Telecoms | We have a position for a bright adventurous graduate to join an international technology & telecoms recruitment company that will give you the genuine opportunity for travel

  • Graduate Media Sales Executive

    Shortlist Location: Central
    Salary: £20000 to £23000 per annum + OTE + Bonus
    Graduate Media Sales ExecutiveLooking for a job that offers constant career progression and great financial awards? Have you considered a sales job within the media sector?Our client is a large media publishing house working with a range of clients across a

  • Junior Lending Officer - Central London

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £18,000 + benefits
    Landbay is looking for a high-energy junior lending officer to help revolutionize the world of peer-to-peer lending and support our fast-growing business. Key responsibilities: • Work closely with intermediaries to manage the mortgage process from application to completion • Provide updates

  • Graduate Programme - Finance - GSK

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Who are we? We are one of the world’s leading healthcare companies. GSK researches, develops, manufactures and distributes life-saving vaccines, prescription medicines and consumer health products such as Sensodyne, Aquafresh and Panadol. The size and scope of our organisation allows our

  • L&C - Trainee Mortgage and Protection Adviser (Newcastle)

    Shortlist Location: North East
    Salary: £15K to £35K OTE + benefits
    A career at the UK’s leading mortgage broker as a Mortgage and Protection adviser is well suited to a graduate, hence our decision to open a new office in Newcastle last year which we have outgrown we are moving to bigger

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