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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.

  • Retail Placement Scheme Decathlon North-West & Yorkshire

    Shortlist Location: North West, Yorkshire
    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

  • Property Manager - Foxtons (London)

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 22k + benefits
    Foxtons Property Management team offer professional advice and assistance to thousands of Foxtons' tenants and landlords who have requested our premium service and make sure that each tenancy runs smoothly from start to finish. Our dedicated Property Managers provide a single

  • Sales Consultants Needed for Award Winning Firm, London

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20,000+OTE+BONUS + benefits + OTE + Bonus + share scheme
    Allegis Group International (AGI) is a global recruitment firm with over 10,000 employees across 250 offices globally, turning over $8.2billion last year. 95% of our employees join the business at entry level and are given the opportunity to take ownership of

  • Fashion Intellligence Account Manager - UK

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £22000.00 to £25000.00 per annum negotiable depending on experience + OTE
    Business Development Manager London £2200- £24000, plus commission Our client is the market leading provider of online business information for the fashion industry. They provide intelligence on news, events, and contacts across the fashion world for their clients. Their clients are

  • BAE Systems - Electrical Electronic, 12-Month Industrial Placement

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: £16,250 to £18,750
    Barrow About BAE Systems We work together with local partners to develop, engineer, manufacture, and support the innovations that sustain economies, increase defence sovereignty and safeguard commercial interests. With some 84,600 employees in six continents, our story is about talented people

  • Entry Level Executive Search Trainee, Immediate Start

    Shortlist Location: South East, London
    Salary: £22,000 + OTE
    Salary: 22k + Commission and incentives package Location: Central London Sector: Recruitment, Headhunting The Company: The company is looking to hire is a global recruitment firm specialising in the Energy and procurement sector. The company has offices in several European countries

  • Internal Sales Executive

    Shortlist Location: South East, London
    Salary: 20,000 + benefits + OTE
    Ambitious? Driven? Are you enthusiastic about customer service and building relationships? If so, then we have an exciting graduate sales opportunity, just for you! Our client – an industry leading technology renowned for pushing the boundaries and unrivalled and innovative designs

  • Marks and Spencer - Design Graduate Scheme and Fabric Technology Graduate Scheme

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £23,500 + benefits
    Have you got a passion for fashion? Want to use your design or textiles and materials science degree to take you further than you ever thought? Say yes to M&S and find the perfect fit for your skills on one of

  • La Fosse Associates - Associate Consultant

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £23,000 + stock options + benefits + OTE
    About Us: La Fosse Associates is a values-led, high growth recruiter. We work at all levels from the board down; on a permanent, contract, interim, and executive search basis. Everyone on our team has a slice of the equity and this

  • Graduate talent Manager - Work for Turnstone

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 20,000 + OTE
    Calling all GRADUATES, Do you want to work for the UK’s fastest growing companies? Motivated by rapid career progression? Keep reading if this is what you are looking for…. Who Are Turnstone? Turnstone is quite simply the UK’s most effective sales

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