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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.

  • Junior Headhunters - Multiple Sectors - November Start

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: £18000 to £20000 per annum negotiable depending on experience + stock options + benefits + OTE + Bonus + share scheme
    Junior Headhunters - Multiple Sectors - November Start Basic salary £18,000 - £20,000 Graduate Futures are currently looking for 6 top achieving highly motivated graduates to join our clients rapidly expanding global company.The desired candidate will;Be driven, money motivated and ambitious;

  • Defra - Biological Hazards Scientific Officer

    Shortlist Location: West Midlands
    Salary: £27,400
    £27,400 Stafford Ref: 1431366 This is an exciting opportunity to drive the success of initiatives at the heart of the UK’s Government Decontamination Service. No two days are ever the same. One minute you could be co-ordinating and managing the nation’s

  • Junior IT talent Acquisition

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: £18000 to £20000 per annum negotiable depending on experience + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Junior IT Talent Acquisition Basic £18,000 - £20,000 OTE £35,000 - £45,000 Our client is a multi award winning Recruitment Company who over the past five years has quickly expanded nationally and globally.They are the proud owners of; The Times "100

  • ABF - Engineering Graduate Scheme

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive
    The Engineering function plays a critical role in all of our businesses in keeping the whole operation running smoothly to manufacture quality products efficiently, safely and ensure delivery on time to our customers. Engineering at ABF is different to most engineering

  • Graduate Headhunters

    Shortlist Location: Central
    Salary: £20000 to £30000 per annum negotiable depending on experience + stock options + benefits + OTE + share scheme
    Junior Headhunters Niche Sectors - November Start £35,000 - £45,000 -Year One £65,000 - £75,000 - Year Two £85,000 - £100,000 -Year Three Graduate Futures are currently looking for 4 top achieving highly motivated graduates to join our clients rapidly expanding

  • Junior Headhunters - Instant Interview - November Start!

    Shortlist Location: Yorkshire
    Salary: £18000 to £20000 per annum + OTE
    Trainee Recruitment Consultant Leeds Basic salary: £18,000 -£20,000 (1st year OTE £35,000+).My client is one of the fastest growing recruitment firms in the UK and is looking to employ their next recruitment consultant at trainee level right now. Their head office

  • Paradigm Mortgage Services - Mortgage & Protection Consultant

    Shortlist Location: South East, London
    Salary: up to £30,000 depending on experience + benefits + Bonus + expenses
    Paradigm Mortgage Services, part of the Paradigm Group, is looking for a dedicated and responsible individual to work alongside the Partnership Development Manager, and deputise and cover in her absence, to provide technical support for both mortgages and protection to Paradigm

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant – America/Asia/Europe

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 18000 to 23000 + benefits + OTE
    Position: Trainee Recruitment Consultant – America/Asia/Europe Location: London Salary: £18,000 - £23,000 + uncapped commission + benefits Start date: Immediate The Company: My client is a highly recognised and successful UK recruitment company. They place individuals of all levels into the

  • Graduate Scheme - Graduates with Sports Interest, London

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20,000 Basic Salary, £40,000 OTE year 1 + stock options + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Highly established recruitment company working in the sports sector is looking to expand thanks to a wealth of recent success in a booming market. The market is up 23.2% on the previous year and the company is taking advantage of this!

  • Wiser Graduates: Trainee Business Development Consultant

    Shortlist Location: London, Nationwide
    Salary: £23,000 to £30,000 + stock options + benefits + OTE + Bonus + expenses
    Trainee Recruitment Consultants - Central London We are a successful Mayfair based boutique recruitment consultancy who recruits solely for the real estate market and related sectors (including financial institutions, fund managers and private equity concerns). Now well into our third decade

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