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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.

  • ABF - Engineering Graduate Scheme

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive
    The Engineering function plays a critical role in all of our businesses in keeping the whole operation running smoothly to manufacture quality products efficiently, safely and ensure delivery on time to our customers. Engineering at ABF is different to most engineering

  • Hilti - Account Manager, Energy and Industry - Aberdeen

    Shortlist Location: Scotland
    Salary: Competitive Package + benefits
    We passionately create enthusiastic customers and build a better future! In doing so we live our values: integrity, courage, teamwork and commitment. We supply innovative solutions offering superior added value to construction professionals in 120 countries throughout the world. For our

  • Graduate Business Development Executive - Property

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20000 to £22000.00 per annum + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Graduate Business Development Executive - Property London £22k with fantastic earning potential and benefits Company The role of Graduate Business Development Executive - Property is for one of the key players in the estate agency market. This company offer an unrivalled

  • Virgin Fasttrack 100 Recruitment Specialist. London

    Shortlist Location: South East, London
    Salary: 23,000 + OTE
    Location: Canary Wharf Sector: Recruitment, Headhunting Salary: £23,000 + Commission. 1st Year OTE £37,000 The company is looking to take 5 high calibre graduates to be trainee recruitment consultant to join their Canary Wharf office. They are looking for candidates to

  • Trainee Head-Hunters to Join Our Graduate Management Program

    Shortlist Location: London, Nationwide
    Salary: £20k + £60K fisrt yr OTE + OTE
    Trainee head-hunters to join our graduate management programme. Looking for 20 graduates ASAP – Central London Cititec is an award winning international search and selection firm specialising in the fields of technology and business change. We take the acquisition and the

  • Corporate FX Broker - Uncapped Commission!

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £22,000 + OTE £35,000 + benefits + OTE
    Driven by success? Do you have a keen interest in the financial markets? Looking to join the UK’s fasted growing corporate foreign exchange brokerage? With accredited sales training from day one, you can successfully embark on a career within the financial

  • Fasttrack IT Recruitment Company - Graduates Wanted!

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20,000 to £23,000 + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Are you a recent graduate looking for a financially-rewarding job in Central London? Do you want a job that is social and pays you for the effort you put in? Look no further! My client is looking for the new wave

  • Graduate PPC Account Executive

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £18000.00 to £21000.00 per annum + Bonus
    Graduate PPC Search Analyst - Media Agency London £18-21k Basic + Excellent Training & Benefits An award-winning paid search agency ranked as one of the fastest-growing private technology firms by the Sunday Times! PPC Search Analyst - Media Agency Responsibilities &

  • Junior Analyst for Global Media Firm, London

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £24,000 + Bonus
    Our client is behind some of the biggest brands in the UK, online, on radio and in print. They are looking for a graduate to join their intelligence trading team. The team are responsible for tracking and auditing the deals that

  • Business Development Associate - Digital Marketing

    Shortlist Location: London, Yorkshire
    Salary: £20,000 £30K OTE + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Driven by success? This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with a keen interest in a career that offers an exciting and rewarding environment. You will be working within one of the most innovative Digital marketing and international SEO companies

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