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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.

  • Raytheon - Project Management Graduate Leadership Development Programme

    Shortlist Location: The East
    Salary: £24,000 + benefits
    Summary of Role: Raytheon UK is looking for dynamic and high performing Graduates to join their highly successful Project Management Graduate Programme. This is a challenging role that will be highly rewarding and high profile, working across multiple UK sites and

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant- Ex Sales Staff Wanted!

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 20000 negotiable depending on experience + benefits + OTE
    Spencer Ogden are currently looking for experienced sales professionals to join us as Trainee Recruitment Consultants. We are looking for hungry, determined and motivated professionals to develop their existing skill set and move into an industry that offers fast career progression

  • Business Development Manager - Financial Investments

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 25,000 + benefits + OTE
    Ambitious? Driven? Looking to establish a career within the financial investment industry? We have a sales opportunity for experienced graduates, unlike any other, with the most exciting investment company operating in the UK! With the prospect for huge earning potential and

  • CHP - Junior Consultant

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £40,000 + £5,000 sign on bonus + benefits + expenses
    CHP’s aim is to help asset finance companies improve their business performance by implementing our software - ALFA Systems - and applying our wide-ranging experience of the industry. Our blue-chip clients reap the benefits of CHP’s finest assets: our people. We

  • Atos - Technical Schemes

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Whatever your degree discipline, our Technical Graduate Schemes will power your career. A background in computing, science, engineering or maths will be an advantage but whatever your degree background, a passion for technology will mean you can really hit the ground

  • Account Manager – Leeds

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: 18000 + OTE
    ACCOUNT MANAGER – LEEDS – UP TO £40k OTE AND £18k BASIC ***Science and Technology based degrees required*** You have worked hard over the past 3-4 years and have achieved fantastic results from university, Now what? What do you want to

  • E.ON - Commercial Schemes

    Shortlist Location: Rest of Europe (excl. UK and Eire), Rest of World (excl. Europe), Nationwide
    Salary: £27,500 + benefits + Bonus
    Commercial is where we look after our most important asset: our customers. It’s also the part that looks after our technology, our people, our finances and more. Around £27,500 starting salary + £1,500 welcome bonus 24 months UK and International placements

  • 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

  • 2x Education Recruitment Consultants – London, £50k OTE

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £25000 + benefits + OTE
    2x Education Recruitment Consultants – London, £50K OTE Location: London Salary: £25,000 + uncapped commission (£50K in first year) + incentives Start date: Immediate The Company My client is a market leading education recruitment consultancy firm with a prestigious reputation for

  • Property Negotiator - Foxtons (London & Surrey)

    Shortlist Location: South East, London
    Salary: competitive + benefits
    Foxtons offices are incredible landmarks situated in the very best locations across London and Surrey. Foxtons minis not only stand out from the typical branded car but also act as hundreds of mobile billboards moving through London’s many different villages.

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