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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.

  • Tax Trainee - Smith & Williamson

    Shortlist Location: London, South East, South West, West Midlands
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    At Smith & Williamson we recruit high calibre people with the skills, knowledge and commitment to meet the demands of the business. We take trainees into both corporate tax and private client tax services. Corporate Tax The successful individual will join

  • Trainee Chartered Accountant - Smith & Williamson

    Shortlist Location: London, South East, South West, West Midlands
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    At Smith & Williamson we recruit high calibre people with the skills, knowledge and commitment to meet the demands of the business. The successful individual will join a three year structured training programme combining practical experience with technical studies for the

  • Graduate Recruitment Consultant - Times Top 100 Company, 42k

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 24k Basic Salary to 40k OTE + OTE
    The market leader in recruitment is looking for its new wave of graduates to enrol on to its graduate training academy. The company has experienced huge success over its lifetime and is now the market leader in a booming market. The

  • Ambitious International Recruitment Firm Graduate Scheme

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 25,000 + stock options + benefits + OTE
    The Company We are seeking outstanding candidates looking to begin their career in a lucrative industry. We are an expanding global recruitment company with over twenty years of experience. Our Graduate Recruitment Consultants gain experience across a broad range of fields

  • Sports Sales Executives - Graduate Scheme - London, £32k

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 22,000 + benefits + OTE
    Salary £20,000 – £22,000 year one, rising to £25,000 year two. Uncapped commission structure, with average first year commission of £12,000. Our Company Working for a multinational company is fast paced, demanding and very rewarding. As a Sales Executive you’ll be

  • Grad Trainee Recruitment Consultants Wanted! - Hays London

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20,000 Basic (£50K+ OTE) + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Hays Plc is the leading global professional recruiting group. We are the world's leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled work. With 6,845 staff in 270 offices across 31 countries, last year we placed over 320,000 people in permanent and

  • Atos Graduate Scheme

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: £25,500 (£27,500 in London)
    Multiple Opportunities If you’ve never heard of Atos, you’re in for a surprise. Atos delivers a combination of business and technology services, making our customers more effective, powering progress and providing technology solutions that are integral to business strategy. We’re the

  • Corporate Trainee Recruitment Consultants! Hays London!

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20,000 Basic (£50K+ OTE) + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Hays Plc is the leading global professional recruiting group. We are the world's leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled work. With 6,845 staff in 270 offices across 31 countries, last year we placed over 320,000 people in permanent and

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: £18000 to £20000 per annum + OTE
    My client is currently looking for motivated, passionate, driven graduates to join their expanding team of award winning recruitment consultants at trainee level.Are you an individual that likes to be pushed out of their comfort zone or a graduate that wants

  • Graduate Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    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 recruitment consultant. My client is a multi-award winning recruitment firm specialising in the IT and oil

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