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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.

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: Central
    Salary: £22000 to £35000 per annum negotiable depending on experience + benefits + OTE
    Trainee Recruitment Consultant As a Trainee Recruitment Consultant within this niche secretarial recruitment business, you will be responsible for sourcing dynamic candidates to work in challenging roles to support senior executives within the investment industry. You should have a desire for

  • Grad Trainee Recruitment Consultants Wanted! - Hays London

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20K BASIC (£50K+ OTE) + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Hays Plc is the leading global professional recruiting group. We are the world's leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled work. With 6,845 staff in 270 offices across 31 countries, last year we placed over 320,000 people in permanent and

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Oil & Gas Sector

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: 18 to 22k + Commission + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Oil & Gas / IT Sectors. Top training and earning potential! Based London. The Person You should be a graduate or of graduate calibre and ideally have some sales experience to apply for this Graduate Trainee Recruitment

  • Entry Level Linux Systems Administrator

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £25000 to £30000 per annum + benefits
    Entry Level Linux Systems Administrator - (Linux) - London - £25 - £30k Entry Level Linux Systems Administrator will assist the Senior Linux Systems Administrator in developing the internal systems and provide a reliable and efficient hosting environment to ensure continuous

  • Digital Sales Planner, BBC Good Food – Immediate Media

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Location: Hammersmith, London, W6 Start date: Immediate Immediate Media Co has an exciting mix of market-leading brands, great talent and technology. The company combines a strong publishing heritage with digital platforms and entrepreneurial flair. We are a special interest content company

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant - London

    Shortlist Location: London, The East, East Midlands, West Midlands
    Salary: 18,000 to 25,000 + benefits + OTE
    Our highest calibre clients are looking to provide a supportive training system to graduate-calibre candidates that are looking to begin a career as a Recruitment Consultant. A career as a recruitment consultant promises: - A fast paced environment - Great career

  • Earn £50k As A Graduate Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £18,000 to £23,000 + benefits + OTE
    Location: Central London Basic salary: £18K to £23K plus commission Earning Potential: 1st Year OTE: 50K+ 2nd Year OTE: £70K+ 3rd Year OTE: £100K+ The Company My client is a Recruitment Consultancy specialising in the Finance and Banking sector. The company

  • Graduate Sales Executive - Canary Wharf

    Shortlist Location: South East, South West, London
    Salary: 22000 + OTE
    Graduate Sales Executive - Canary Wharf £22K basic, £30K OTE Are you an intelligent and articulate graduate looking for a lucrative career opportunity with key responsibilities from day one? This highly successful organisation based on Canary Wharf is looking for a

  • RB Commercial Graduate Scheme

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Changing the game We never stop looking for better ways to make people’s lives healthier and their homes happier. This means thinking boldly, pushing boundaries and wherever possible implementing breakthrough ideas. And that is where you come in... We’re looking for

  • Graduate Sales Executive – Gerrards Cross

    Shortlist Location: South East, London
    Salary: 22000
    Graduate Sales Executive – Gerrards Cross Basic £22K + commission Do you want to be recognised as a key performer from day one? This company aren’t looking for graduates to train and develop – they are looking for key individuals who

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