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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.

  • Mott MacDonald - 2015 UK Project and Cost Management Graduate Scheme

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Job Profile Our quantity surveyors, cost managers, cost engineers and project managers offer a comprehensive range of services to clients in all sectors of the economy covering infrastructure, energy, education, healthcare, utilities, property and government. Cost certainty skills are fundamental to

  • Retail Work Placement Scheme Decathlon - Southampton

    Shortlist Location: South West
    Salary: competitive
    If you are looking for a 9 - 5 work placement, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a work placement that is a retail adventure where no two days are the same, read on. As a trainee Department Manager, you’ll

  • BAE Systems - Chemist

    Shortlist Location: Wales
    Salary: £25,000 to £28,000
    Glascoed BAE Systems Munitions is responsible for the design, manufacture and support of a wide range of munitions products. This requires us to formulate new materials, design features and functions and to ensure that we have manufacturing processes able to meet

  • Deloitte - Graduate Opportunities in Audit

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive
    In the fast-changing and increasingly technology-focused environment that we now live in, our audit team will give you a chance to gain a real insight in the world of business and get involved in some truly inspiring and meaningful work. What’s

  • Network Rail - General Management Graduate Scheme

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: £26,500
    Network Unlimited Get people to the Rugby World Cup. To summer festivals. And everywhere in between. General Management graduate scheme Salary: £26,500 + any regional allowances + £2,000 welcome bonus Requirements: At least a 2:2, preferably in a business-related subject, along

  • Babcock - Process Engineering

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: £25,000 to £27,000 + benefits
    When tackling epic projects that make a big difference to day-to-day life, we often have to get right down to microscopic detail and then work our way up. That’s what process engineers do. They figure out the implications of handling, producing

  • Vodafone - Discover Technology

    Shortlist Location: South East, South West
    Salary: £29,000 + benefits
    Newbury and Bracknell £29,000 + great benefits package Our Graduate Programme, Discover, will prepare you for a career in bringing to life our shared passion: helping people get the most out of great technology. And what an exciting time in history

  • Dutch Speaking Account Manager - Digital Marketing

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £24000.00 to £25500.00 per annum depending on experience
    Account Manager - Digital London £25K + Bonus Company This is a fantastic opportunity to work for a world renowned, multinational digital platform based in the heart of the west end. Account Manager - Digital Responsibilities The Account Manager will be

  • Network Rail - Civil Engineering Graduate Programme

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: £26,500 + benefits
    Network Unlimited Shape Victorian stations. The UK’s entrepreneurial landscape. And everything in between. Civil Engineering graduate programme Salary: £26,500 + any regional allowances + £2,000 welcome bonus Requirements: At least a 2:2 in a degree accredited by ICE along with flexibility

  • Graduate Recruitment Consultant - German and Spanish Speaker

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20000 to £22000 per annum + OTE + Bonus
    Are you looking to become a high flying recruitment consultant? Excited by the prospect of earning £90K by year 3? Read on …The Company …Our client quickly established itself at the forefront of the UK recruitment sector. Specialising in IT the

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