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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.

  • 2015 Summer Analyst and Associate Internship Opportunities

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Opportunities Bank of America Merrill Lynch is committed to offering the scope and opportunities the very best of graduate talent deserves. Full-time and internship programmes are available in the following areas: Compliance, Corporate Audit, Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Global Loan

  • MI5 - Mandarin Language Specialists

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: up to £30,000
    London  up to £30,000 depending on allowances  You know the Mandarin language inside out, and you would love to turn your flair for the language into something more meaningful. Welcome to one of the most interesting jobs in the world. The

  • Fidelity Internships

    Shortlist Location: South East, London
    Salary: Competitive
    London, Kent or Surrey At Fidelity Worldwide Investment, we apply intelligent insight to everything that we do. So whether we’re picking stocks for a fund or selecting our next cohort of interns, we set out to make long term investments. In

  • Candidate Marketing Executive

    Shortlist Location: South East, London
    Salary: £19k to £21k + benefits + Bonus
    If you like the graduate-jobs.com service, then why not come and work with us! What was initially a bedroom start-up is now one of the biggest and busiest graduate job boards in the UK and we’re looking for an amazing Candidate

  • Astrazeneca - Operations and Global IT

    Shortlist Location: Rest of Europe (excl. UK and Eire), Rest of World (excl. Europe), Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive
    At AstraZeneca, we know all about leadership and diverse working cultures. We are active in over 100 countries and our medicines are used by more than 200 million patients worldwide. Operations is one of the largest areas of our business and

  • Hilti - Account Manager - North of England

    Shortlist Location: North West, North East
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Hilti offers outstanding career opportunities in one of the world`s most successful companies in the construction industry. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in developing a career with a global, world-leading brand! Your Responsibilities •Professional field sales and high

  • Finance Graduate - Register Now for future Vacancies!

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: competitive
    We are an International and Multichannel retailer with sales over £1bn a yearBe part of our thriving trainee accountant community of like-minded individualsYou will realise your full potential as personal development is at the heart of our culture75% of our Management

  • GCHQ - Mandarin Language Specialists

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: Up to £30,000
    Cheltenham  up to £30,000 depending on allowances  You know the Mandarin language inside out, and you would love to turn your flair for the language into something more meaningful. Welcome to one of the most interesting jobs in the world. The

  • Lloyd's - Generalist Graduate Programme

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £26,000 + benefits
    From insuring space travel to shipping and celebrities’smiles, the broad scope of work at Lloyd’s means no two careers with us are the same. You benefit from that variety straight away with the rotational graduate programme. This offers high profile work

  • Trainee IT Recruitment Consultant – Ambitious Grads Wanted

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 21000 + OTE
    Position: Trainee IT Recruitment Consultant – Ambitious grads wanted – London. Location: Central London Salary: £21,000 plus an OTE of £45,000 Start date: January 2015. The Company: This company is a leading specialist IT Recruitment Business looking to add several motivated

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