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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.

  • Administrator / B&M Coordinator - Matalan - North West

    Shortlist Location: Liverpool, Manchester
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Administrator / B&M Coordinator We are currently recruiting for a B&M Coordinator to provide support to our Buying & Merchandising teams. As a B&M Coordinator, you will provide a professional and effective administration support. You will work in a fast paced

  • Associate Consultant

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: Basic + OTE (£50,000) depending on experience + benefits + OTE
    The recruitment industry is worth £30 billion in the UK alone. It’s a growing market and voted as No.1 Best UK Start-Up Recruitment Firm speaks volumes about how rewarding a career with Hamlyn Williams can be. Hamlyn Williams is a boutique

  • Academies Enterprise Trust - School Direct Teacher Training

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Paid / Unpaid Training
    Are you interested in making a difference to children’s lives? The Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is an innovative, unique and exciting multi-academy educational sponsor with 75 academies across the UK covering Primary, Secondary and Special education. Our overarching aim is to

  • Graduate Scheme: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20000 to £40000 per annum negotiable depending on experience + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Graduate Scheme: Trainee Recruitment Consultant £20,000 basic salary £35,000 - £40,000 OTE in Year 1Central London location Corporate Governance | Resilience & Security | Niche Technology We are a niche recruitment consultancy specialising in corporate governance recruitment, business resilience & security

  • Graduate Trainee Recruitment Consultants – London

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £18,000 to £30,000 + benefits + OTE
    My client is an award winning multiple sector recruitment consultancy with offices in central London. The company now has vacancies for graduate trainee recruitment consultants. Successful candidates can expect to earn in excess of £45,000 in their first 12 months. Each

  • Deloitte - Graduate Opportunities in Tax

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Join one of the most highly regarded tax teams in the UK and develop a mix of business, consulting, finance and legal expertise that will provide you with a fantastic foundation whatever direction you take your career. What we do in

  • Deloitte - Graduate Opportunities in Corporate Finance

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    This is an opportunity to work with high net-worth individuals, corporates and private equity clients, and play a truly consultative role at the heart of major - and often high-profile - transactions. What we do in Corporate Finance Whether it’s mergers

  • KPMG - Tax & Pensions Opportunities for Graduates

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Start date: Autumn 2015  At KPMG, we provide Audit, Tax and Advisory, services to some of the world’s biggest businesses. And we believe that all business and solutions boil down to one thing: people. So whatever we do, we see people

  • Graduate Recruitment Consultant - Digital Media

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20000.00 to £35000.00 per annum negotiable depending on experience + benefits + OTE
    Graduate Recruitment Consultant - Digital MediaDigital Media | Technology | Internet | Mobile Central London£20,000 basic salary, £35,000 OTE in Year 1 Benefits: Christmas trips abroad, weekly sales incentives and michelin* lunches…Our client is a successful, well established Digital recruitment firm

  • Graduate Sales Executive - IT/Internet - London

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20000 to £30000 per annum negotiable depending on experience + OTE + Bonus
    Graduate Sales ExecutiveLondon - Shepherds Bush 1ST YEAR - Salary £22,000 with OTE of £35,000IT | Internet | Telco InfrastructureA rapidly growing technology firm is hiring ambitious graduate sales executives for an exciting sales opportunity for anyone that has a passion

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