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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.

  • Nottingham Trent Multidisciplinary Master’s

    Shortlist Location: East Midlands
    Salary: Course
    About Nottingham Trent's Multidisciplinary Master’s The Multidisciplinary Master’s (MDM)* is a new course for September 2014 entry and is the first postgraduate course of its kind in the country. Working with the guidance of a tutor, MDM students create their own

  • Client Success Account Manager (London)

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: Competitive
    Meltwater has an exciting opportunity for a a B2B sales and account management position in the London team. Our goal is to create positive, long-lasting relationships through customer engagement with our products, to increase the overall value of our services. We

  • Promotional Distribution & Logistics Executive - Warwickshire

    Shortlist Location: West Midlands
    Salary: £18,000 to £25,000 depending on experience
    An exciting new opportunity has arisen within Codemasters, an award winning games developer and publisher for a Digital Distribution Executive. We are currently looking for a talented, confident and self motivated graduate who has an interest in the gaming industry to

  • Earn £50k As A Graduate Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £18,000 to £30,000 + benefits + OTE
    The Company My client is a Recruitment Consultancy specialising in the Finance and Banking sector. The company has grown rapidly since its formation in 2005 and now employs over 50 consultants. The company now wishes to recruit a further 5 trainee

  • Barclays - Personal and Corporate Banking & Barclaycard

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Creating possibilities for you, our customers and clients The PCB & Barclaycard Summer Internship programme provides a fantastic opportunity to experience two of Barclays industry leading businesses. By combining our successful retail, corporate and wealth businesses Personal and Corporate Banking (PCB)

  • Graduate Business Development Executive - Design

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: competitive + OTE
    Do you have an interest in graphic design? Looking to kick start an exciting career in sales with an award winning company? Take a look at what this unique opportunity has to offer …After 10 successful years dominating the graphic design

  • Amazon - Associate Vendor Manager - London

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: Competitive + stock options + benefits
    Amazon, one of the world’s leaders in e-commerce, is expanding its Retail business and looking for a smart and ambitious Associate Vendor Manager based in UK to enable new partnerships with vendors aiming at integrating their product portfolio into Amazon UK

  • Graduate Sales Executive - Graduate Sales Executive

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20000 to £22000 per annum + OTE
    Ever seen the movie 'The Holiday'? Want to be part of one of the fastest growing global property companies serving homeowners in some of the world's most sought after holiday locations? If property and travel is your thing, read on …Our

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: £18000 to £20000 per annum + OTE
    Are you looking for a career that will offer you the ability to write your own pathway to progression based on your hard work? Would you like to be able to earn as much money as you feel your hard work

  • Retail Development Executive

    Shortlist Location: South West, Glasgow, The East, North West
    Salary: 17500 to 23000 depending on experience + benefits + Bonus
    Retail Development Executive roles across! Our client is a marketing agency specialising in field sales and B2B marketing. They have a number of positions open for enthusiastic, money motivated graduates who are pursuing successful careers in the sales sector. We are

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