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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.

  • High End Property Sales Oppertunity

    Shortlist Location: South East, South West, Nationwide
    Salary: £20 000 to £25 000 negotiable depending on experience + OTE + expenses
    Are you looking to start your career working for a well established market leader in Property? With a company willing to invest structured sales training from the start? If the answer is yes, then we have the perfect job opportunity for

  • Entry Level Opportunity - Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: South East, London, Nationwide
    Salary: £17,000 to £22,000 negotiable depending on experience + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    My client, a leading Electronic Recruitment Agency, are looking for 3x consultants to join their fast paced teams! Are you ambitious? With good communication skills? Self-motivated, Confident? Quick to learn and with a desire to make money? Commission starts from the

  • Majestic Wine - Trainee Manager (London)

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20,050 + bonuses
    Job Description A Trainee Manager plays an integral role in the effective day-to-day operation of a Majestic store and is key to the delivery of consistently high standards of customer service. The Trainee Manager must contribute to the maintenance of store

  • Sales Executive for FTSE 100 Wealth Management Co, London

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20,000 + OTE
    Sales Graduate, Wealth Management, London, £20K Our client are an award winning, FTSE 100 Investment and Wealth Management company based in central London. They are offering an exciting entry level opportunity for a hungry Business Acquisition Consultant, to join their London

  • Graduate Trainee Business Development Executive

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £22000 to £35000 Per Annum OTE £40k +
    Graduate Business Development Executive Sector: Sport Business Intelligence Location: Central LondonSalary: £22,000 basic salary + £40,000 OTE + benefits- £1k bonus just for staying on target.- Excellent on going and training/development scheme.- Owned by one of the UK's leading entrepreneurs.- Offices

  • Graduate Process Engineer

    Shortlist Location: East Midlands
    Salary: £24000 to £26000 per annum + Bonus
    We have an exciting opportunity for a graduate to join us at TTS, part of RM Group. You will be part of a supportive wider Business Improvements team and as Graduate Process Engineer you will have responsibility for improving overall operating

  • Graduate Headhunter (Graduate Scheme)

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: £18000 to £20000 per annum + OTE
    Do you want to work in a meritocratic environment?I am currently seeking motivated, driven, bright graduates to start their career in recruitment as a trainee headhunter/recruitment consultant. My client is a multi-award winning recruitment firm specialising in the IT and oil

  • Sales Account Manager - FTSE 250 Publishers

    Shortlist Location: Central
    Salary: £18000.00 per annum + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Sales Account Manager - FTSE 250 Publishers London £18k + excellent commission As a Sales Account Manager you will be working for an internationally renowned FTSE 250 business in one of their most successful divisions. This business unit focus on delivering

  • Aberdeen/Glasgow Graduate Scheme - Energy Recruitment

    Shortlist Location: Scotland
    Salary: £18,000 + OTE + OTE
    Spencer Ogden is the world’s fastest growing recruitment company and we are offering graduates to join our newly launched office in Aberdeen, Scotland. A bit about why you’d want to work for us: There couldn’t be a better time to join

  • Inside Sales Representative - Bracknell

    Shortlist Location: South East, South West, London
    Salary: 18000 + OTE
    Inside Sales Representative - Bracknell Basic £18K, OTE £23-25K Are you passionate about sports and wellbeing? Do you want to become a Key Account manager within the next five years? If you want a piece of the action with the leader

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