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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.

  • Hilti - Account Manager, Energy and Industry - Manchester

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: Competitive Package + benefits
    We passionately create enthusiastic customers and build a better future! In doing so we live our values: integrity, courage, teamwork and commitment. We supply innovative solutions offering superior added value to construction professionals in 120 countries throughout the world. For our

  • Graduate Sales Executive - Digital

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20000 to £23000 per annum + Bonus
    Graduate Sales Executive - Digital London £20K Depending on experience + commission Company You would be working for an industry leading Online Learning Provider, comprised of 4 brands. The company has been established for 2 years and is looking to grow

  • 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

  • Hilti - Account Manager, Energy and Industry - Aberdeen

    Shortlist Location: Scotland
    Salary: Competitive Package + benefits
    We passionately create enthusiastic customers and build a better future! In doing so we live our values: integrity, courage, teamwork and commitment. We supply innovative solutions offering superior added value to construction professionals in 120 countries throughout the world. For our

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Oil & Gas Sector

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 20 to 22k Basic + Commission + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Oil & Gas / IT Sectors. Top training and earning potential! Based London. The Person You should be a graduate or of graduate calibre and ideally have some sales experience to apply for this Graduate Trainee Recruitment

  • Grad Trainee Recruiters Wanted! - Hays Corporate Services

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20K BASIC (£50K+ OTE) + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    As one of the largest recruitment businesses in London, Hays are always looking for driven individuals who are ambitious to achieve results and power the world of work for our customers. In today’s fast-paced job market, we believe that it’s vital

  • New Graduate Training Schemes - Recruitment

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 18 to 22k + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    APPLY NOW FOR OUR NEW GRADUATE TRAINING SCHEMES WITHIN RECRUITMENT & HEADHUNTING! Excellent basic salaries + Commission. If you are looking for your first step into Recruitment or Head hunting and you either have some sales experience or are a Graduate

  • DAF Trucks - Parts Sales & Marketing Graduate (Oxfordshire)

    Shortlist Location: Central
    Salary: 18,000 to 25,000 depending on experience
    DAF Trucks Ltd is the market leading manufacturer and distributor of trucks in the UK and with a network of 139 dealers is recognised throughout the industry as providing the highest standards of customer service. We are offering a chance to

  • Graduate Investment Analyst - Future Value Consultants

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £25 to 27K + benefits
    Position overview Successful investment boutique has a vacancy for a Graduate Investment Analyst. Working within a small team the successful candidate will be responsible for producing reports and analysis for the company’s online services. The company is developing many new product

  • Field Sales Executives – Globally Recognised Drinks Brand

    Shortlist Location: South East
    Salary: £22,000 +OTE £35,000 + benefits + OTE
    Do you want to become an integral part of the world’s highest selling energy drinks brand? We are excited to be working closely with the most well-known energy drinks company, who is now looking for a creative, energetic and adventurous graduates

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