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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.

  • Property Negotiator - Foxtons (Pinner)

    Shortlist Location: South East, London
    Salary: Competitve + benefits
    Foxtons offices are incredible landmarks situated in the very best locations across Guildford and Woking. Foxtons minis not only stand out from the typical branded car but also act as hundreds of mobile billboards moving through Surrey's many different towns and

  • Hilti - Specification Engineer - Greater London

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £30,000 + benefits + Bonus
    Hilti offers outstanding career opportunities in one of the world`s most successful companies in the construction industry. We passionately create enthusiastic customers and build a better future! In doing so we live our values: integrity, courage, teamwork and commitment. We supply

  • Graduate Trainee Recruitment Consultants

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £18,000 to £30,000 + benefits + OTE
    The Company Join a market leading FMCG recruitment company with offices in both the UK and Europe. This company have the reputation for a forward thinking and modern day approach to the sourcing and selecting of top percentile candidates within their

  • 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

  • figleaves.com - Web Trader

    Shortlist Location: London, The East
    Salary: Competitive
    Location: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire The Role Define and implement the web trading strategy for your departments, delivering an exceptional, simple and intuitive customer journey. This role is aligned with Buying & Merchandising and Marketing peers to understand the product and

  • Technical Graduate Development Program

    Shortlist Location: Scotland, Rest of World (excl. Europe)
    Salary: competitive
    About Our Graduate Vacancies ITO Graduate Development Programme Our Technical Development Programme will provide you with the expertise to work for our ITO organisation within HP, This area is all about infrastructure (e.g. servers, network), application infrastructure (e.g. SAP), and related

  • Network Rail - Project Management Graduate Scheme

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: £26,500 + benefits
    Network Unlimited Get the most out of NASA-grade technology. 600,000sq ft of retail space. And everything in between. Project Management graduate scheme Salary: £26,500 + any regional allowances + £2,000 welcome bonus Requirements: At least a 2:2 degree in any subject

  • Network Rail - Property Graduate Scheme

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £26,500 + benefits
    Network Unlimited Shape Victorian stations. The UK’s entrepreneurial landscape. And everything in between. Property graduate scheme Salary: £26,500 + any regional allowances + £2,000 welcome bonus Requirements: At least a 2:2 in a RICS-accredited Property degree that allows you to follow

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultants - £60kk First Year OTE

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: ££20k basic to £60k first yr OTE + stock options + benefits + OTE + Bonus + expenses + share scheme
    Trainee Recruitment Consultants - £60kk first year OTE Cititec is an award winning international search and selection firm specialising in the fields of technology and business change. Established in 1998 we have enjoyed incredible growth year on year and at the

  • Network Rail - Placements

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: £17,000 + benefits
    Network Unlimited Get the most out of NASA-grade technology. 600,000sq ft of retail space. And everything in between. Placements Salary: £17,000 salary + 28 days’ holidays (pro rata) + public holidays Whether your passions lie in engineering or in business management,

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