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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.

  • Retail Placement Scheme Decathlon North-West & Yorkshire

    Shortlist Location: North West, Yorkshire
    Salary: competitive
    If you are looking for a 9 - 5 work placement, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a work placement that is a retail adventure where no two days are the same, read on. As a trainee Department Manager, you’ll

  • Property Manager - Foxtons (London)

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 22k + benefits
    Foxtons Property Management team offer professional advice and assistance to thousands of Foxtons' tenants and landlords who have requested our premium service and make sure that each tenancy runs smoothly from start to finish. Our dedicated Property Managers provide a single

  • Marks and Spencer – Graduate Careers Programme – Food Technology

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £25,500 + benefits
    Location: Head Office (London) Duration: Up to 3 years training Do you want a food-focused graduate scheme? How about a role that allows you to tickle the tastebuds of people across the UK? Say yes to M&S and, as a Food

  • Marks and Spencer - Design Graduate Scheme and Fabric Technology Graduate Scheme

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £23,500 + benefits
    Have you got a passion for fashion? Want to use your design or textiles and materials science degree to take you further than you ever thought? Say yes to M&S and find the perfect fit for your skills on one of

  • Marks and Spencer – Graduate Careers Programme – Buying

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £23,500 + benefits
    Location: Head Office (London) Duration: 12-18 months training Want a fashion-focused graduate scheme? One that puts you at the heart of the retail industry? How about a Buyer role that sees you helping to bring the latest trends on to the

  • Internal Sales Executive

    Shortlist Location: South East, London
    Salary: 20,000 + benefits + OTE
    Ambitious? Driven? Are you enthusiastic about customer service and building relationships? If so, then we have an exciting graduate sales opportunity, just for you! Our client – an industry leading technology renowned for pushing the boundaries and unrivalled and innovative designs

  • Marks and Spencer - Business Placements

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: £17,500 to £19,500 + benefits
    Salary: £17,500 - £19,500 If you need to complete a placement as part of your degree and want to earn a competitive salary, say yes to M&S. Not only will you be part of projects that give you the taste of

  • BAE Systems - Chemist

    Shortlist Location: Wales
    Salary: £25,000 to £28,000
    Glascoed BAE Systems Munitions is responsible for the design, manufacture and support of a wide range of munitions products. This requires us to formulate new materials, design features and functions and to ensure that we have manufacturing processes able to meet

  • Fashion Intellligence Account Manager - UK

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £22000.00 to £25000.00 per annum negotiable depending on experience + OTE
    Business Development Manager London £2200- £24000, plus commission Our client is the market leading provider of online business information for the fashion industry. They provide intelligence on news, events, and contacts across the fashion world for their clients. Their clients are

  • Graduate Delegate Sales Executive - Technology Sector

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £18000 to £20000 per annum negotiable depending on experience + OTE + Bonus
    Graduate Delegate Sales Executive - Technology Sector Central London £18 - 20k Basic + Excellent Commission This is a highly successful and close knit company renowned for its high profiled global events within the international intelligence security sector. Based in Central

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