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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.

  • Decathlon - Digital Project Placement Scheme (London)

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Decathlon is the world's largest sports retailer with approaching 1000 stores and rapidly developing digital platform. We are looking for someone who is ambitious and who can rise to the challenge of developing decathlon.co.uk into the most innovative and user friendly

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant Assessment Day London!

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 20,000 depending on experience + benefits + OTE
    Energy Recruiters - London Academy- April 2015 Want to find out more about recruitment consultancy? Want to hear all about Spencer Ogden and it's story? We're running regular assessment days to find top talent to join our London Academy in April.

  • Trainee Financial Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: £18000 to £20000 per annum + OTE
    At Graduate Futures we are looking for 2 bright high achievers to join our client's financial recruitment consultancy firm.Our client is a top performing recruitment company in the financial field offering over 6 months of intense bespoke training to successful applicants.The

  • Financial Trader, London, £26,000

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £26,000 + benefits + Bonus
    A leading and highly profitable player in the Sports and Financial spread betting industry is looking for a new starter to join their Financial Trading Team. About the role- The role would involve joining the Financial Trading Room as a trainee

  • New 2015 Graduate Training Schemes - Recruitment

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 20 to 22k Basic + Commission + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Apply NOW for our new Graduate Training Schemes within Recruitment, Sales and Head Hunting! New 2015 Graduate Training Schemes providing you with the best introduction to your Recritment career with a thorough training programme, allowing you to learn from some of

  • Temporary Stock Handler (12m Contract) Bredbury - Hilti

    Shortlist Location: Manchester
    Salary: Competitive
    Hilti offers outstanding career opportunities in one of the world`s most successful companies in the construction industry. Your Responsibilities •Work in the Central Warehouse for Great Britain and Ireland with processes such as the inbound replenishment of inventory to the outbound

  • Divisional Credit Controller - Hilti

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive
    Hilti offers outstanding career opportunities in one of the world`s most successful companies in the construction industry. Your Responsibilities •Maximise cash collection from the accounts under your control in order to achieve a level of debt acceptable to the Company •Actively

  • Graduate Media Sales Executive - World Famous Publishing Hou

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £22K basic, + UNCAPPED OTE; 1st year negotiable + benefits + OTE
    Salary £22K basic, plus UNCAPPED OTE; 1st year expected OTE = £35K; 2nd year expected OTE = £55K Start Date Immediate Start What is Media Sales? Media Sales is the selling of advertising space in a media platform - such as

  • Healthcare Recruitment Consultant (X3) – Graduates Wanted!

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £21,000 + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Healthcare Recruitment Consultant (x3) – Graduates Wanted!! – Free I-Pad & Gym Membership Location: City of London Salary: £21,000 + High OTE (45k 1st Year) Start date: ASAP The Company The company is a long established healthcare recruitment company who are

  • Account Manager (North of England) - Hilti

    Shortlist Location: North West, North East
    Salary: Competitive
    Hilti offers outstanding career opportunities in one of the world`s most successful companies in the construction industry. To join our regional sales teams in the North of England regions, we are currently looking for Account Managers This is a great opportunity

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