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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.

  • Assistant Website Editor

    Shortlist Location: South East
    Salary: £24000.00 to £25000.00 per annum + benefits
    Assistant Website Editor Milton Keynes £25,000 + benefits Assistant Website Editor Company As Assistant Website Editor, you will be working for an institute to help promote careers in chartered accountancy to potential students in schools across the UK! Assistant Website Editor

  • Graduate Sales Negotiator

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20000.00 to £22000.00 per annum depending on experience + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Sales or lettings negotiator Salary £2200 + Car + Phone + Commission As a Graduate Sales or Lettings Negotiator you will be working for one of the UK's leading estate agency! The Company They have an excellent brand reputation, known for

  • Trainee Financial Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20000 to £40000 Per Annum + Commission a
    Trainee Recruitment ConsultantSector: Accountancy & FinanceLocation: LondonSalary: £20,000 basic. OTE £30,000. 2nd year £40,000-£45,000Trainee Recruitment Consultancy role starting £20K basic plus commission specifically for Graduates looking to work in the Finance world. Fantastic progressive opportunities and excellent benefits within the job

  • Graduate Resourcer

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £18000 to £23000 Per Annum Commission,Bon
    Graduate Resourcer Sector: PR/MarketingJob type: Permanent, Full time, GraduateLocation: London Bridge, LondonSalary: £18-23K basic, £35k+ OTE *Passionate, friendly and team driven environment*Excellent benefits; company phone, clothing allowance, team socials and more!*Fantastic tailored training schemes; internal and external.*Highly reputed, working with companies

  • Graduate Events Sales Executive

    Shortlist Location: Central
    Salary: £21000 to £35000 per annum negotiable depending on experience + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Graduate Events Sales ExecutiveCentral London£21,000 basic salary, £35,000 OTE Training | Events | Conferences We are a rapidly growing company that operates internationally. Our clients are the executives & senior managers at the world's largest and most influential companies. We are

  • Graduate Recruitment Consultant - Leeds

    Shortlist Location: Yorkshire
    Salary: £18000 to £30000 Per Annum £18k basic, £3
    Graduate Recruitment ConsultantLocation: LeedsSector: IT and TechnologyJob Type: Permanent, Full-time, Graduate, TraineeSalary: £18,000 basic, £30,000 OTE- Leading recruitment firm globally with tens of offices worldwide- Work with companies such as BP, BBC, Honda, Channel 4 and News UK- Huge growth plans

  • Majestic Wine - Trainee Manager (Essex and Suffolk)

    Shortlist Location: South East, The East
    Salary: £18,220 to £19,080 + bonuses
    Job Description A Trainee Manager plays an integral role in the effective day-to-day operation of a Majestic store and is key to the delivery of consistently high standards of customer service. The Trainee Manager must contribute to the maintenance of store

  • Graduate Recruitment Consultant Within Technology Sector!

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £18000 to £22000 per annum + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Looking for a career that offers great financial reward and progression based on your own performance? My client is a recently established, well backed Technology Recruiter with great growth plans in place for you to be a part of!Based in a

  • Eon - Engineering Schemes

    Shortlist Location: East Midlands, Nationwide
    Salary: £27,500 to £42,000 + benefits + Bonus
    Help us engineer a better energy future for all. Learn new skills, experience new things, work with acclaimed experts and gain chartered status along the way. Around £27,500 to £42,000 starting salary (depending on scheme) £1,500 welcome bonus 18 Months to

  • Graduate Recruitment Management Trainee

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: £18000 to £20000 per annum + OTE
    Graduate Recruitment Management Trainee - Manchester.Basic Salary £18,000 - £20,000 (1st year OTE £35,000 - £40,000).Are you money motivated? Are you competitive? Are you hungry to succeed? Do you want to work for one of the Sunday Times' Top 100 companies

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