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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.

  • MI6 - Mandarin Language Specialists

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: up to £30,000
    London up to £30,000 depending on allowances  You know the Mandarin language inside out, and you would love to turn your flair for the language into something more meaningful. Welcome to one of the most interesting jobs in the world. The role

  • Fidelity Internships

    Shortlist Location: South East, London
    Salary: Competitive
    London, Kent or Surrey At Fidelity Worldwide Investment, we apply intelligent insight to everything that we do. So whether we’re picking stocks for a fund or selecting our next cohort of interns, we set out to make long term investments. In

  • Award Winning Recruitment Firm Seeks Graduate Trainees

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £18,000 to £30,000 + benefits + OTE
    The Company This boutique award winning financial search firm based in the heart of London’s Mayfair are looking to grow their team with some exceptional graduates. Found in the early 2000’s this firm have an outstanding track record and reputation for

  • GCHQ - Mandarin Language Specialists

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: Up to £30,000
    Cheltenham  up to £30,000 depending on allowances  You know the Mandarin language inside out, and you would love to turn your flair for the language into something more meaningful. Welcome to one of the most interesting jobs in the world. The

  • Thales - Business Graduate Programmes

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: £25,500 + 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

  • Babcock - IT/IM

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: £25,000 to £27,000 + benefits
    We’re based at over 200 sites across the UK – and many more around the world. That’s a lot of technology and information. Our size and diversity means that you’ll get a look into every nook and cranny of IT over

  • Graduate Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Central London

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 22000 + OTE
    Job Title: Trainee Recruitment Consultant Salary: £22k, OTE £30k-£40k in Year 1. £40k-£60k in Year 2. £60k-£100k in Year 3. Location: Central London. Start date: As soon as possible Are you ambitious, driven and hungry for financial success? Are you looking

  • HP Graduate Programme – Sales

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    What do you think about when you hear the name HP? Is it printers? Laptops? Maybe it’s Beats Audio™? Most people do. It’s understandable – these are our products people see every day. But what about the other sides to HP?

  • Graduate Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: Central
    Salary: £20000 to £100000 per annum + OTE + Bonus
    GRADUATE RECRUITMENT CONSULTANT - £20,000 - £100,000 OTEIn this recruitment graduate scheme you can earn UNCAPPED commission from day one meaning you are in total control of your earning potential! In this scheme the record amount of money a first year

  • Grad Trainee Recruitment Consultants Wanted! - Hays London

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20K BASIC (£50K+ OTE) + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    AMBITIOUS TRAINEE RECRUITMENT CONSULTANTS POWER THE WORLD OF WORK – JOIN HAYS Hays plc is the leading global professional recruiting group and a FTSE 250 business. We are the world's leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled work. With over

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