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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.

  • Web Development and Support £22k - £25k (London)

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £22k to £25k
    Established in 2000 and based near Kings Cross in London, graduate-jobs.com is the UK's largest independent graduate job board and we're looking for a developer to join our small team. We are passionate about what we do and have the enviable

  • Marketing Designer

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: £18000 to £22000 per annum + benefits + Bonus
    This is a real opportunity for an ambitious designer to join us and be a big part of a small but growing creative marketing team, working on all creative aspects of our exciting diverse portfolio of products, services and evolving brand

  • Graduate Sales Executives - Furness Vale, Cheshire

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: 25000 + OTE
    Graduate Sales executives - Furness Vale, Cheshire Basic: £25k + car allowance + Healthcare + pension • Part of a £2 billion turnover group with worldwide presence • Technical and Engineering degrees desirable • Account Management - Face to face meetings

  • City Head Hunting Graduate Scheme - London Head Office

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £40,000 (20K + 20K) + benefits
    This Times 100 Graduate Scheme is for the very top graduates who are keen to start their careers in the exciting and lucrative world of Headhunting. Tasked with recruiting the very best talent from across the world, your career could take

  • Mott MacDonald - Industrial Trainee (Mechanical Engineering)

    Shortlist Location: East Midlands
    Salary: Competitive
    Derby Mott MacDonald is a uniquely diverse £1 billion employee-owned management, engineering and development consultancy serving the public & private sector around the world. Over the years we’ve diversified into new markets and reinforced our presence in established ones. We have

  • Moore Stephens LLP – Graduate Insurance ACA Trainee

    Shortlist Location: London, Nationwide
    Salary: Competitive + benefits
    Moore Stephens LLP is currently looking to recruit 3 graduates to join our Insurance Group as Audit Juniors and work towards their ACA qualification to commence employment in September 2014. The Insurance department provide advice on a wide range of issues,

  • Hastings Direct – Assistant Accountant (Finance Graduate)

    Shortlist Location: South East
    Salary: £23,000 to £25,000
    The Finance department at Hastings Direct is looking for bright, motivated and driven individuals to join the function in a trainee capacity. This role is designed to attract the next generation of qualified accountants and managers who want to get a

  • Junior Account Executive - IT Services

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £21000.00 to £22000.00 per annum depending on experience + Bonus
    Junior Account Executive - IT Services West London £21,000 - £22,000 + Bonus Company: This expanding, international IT Leasing company were established in the early 1990's. They are one of the leading players in the IT rental marketplace, in the UK

  • Graduate Project Manager - Market Research

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20000.00 to £25000.00 per annum depending on experience + benefits
    Graduate Project Manager - Market Research Central London £20,000 - £25,000 (depending on experience) The Company: Our client are a leading data collection company specialising in the Healthcare sector. This international company boast a wide client base of global research companies.

  • Times Top 100 Recruitment Firm – Graduate Training Scheme

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £18,000 to £23,000 + benefits + OTE
    Location: Central London Basic Salary: £18K to £23K Earning potential: 1st Year OTE £45K 2nd Year OTE £65K to £80K 3rd Year onwards £100K+ The Company My client is a multi-award winning recruitment firm, focusing on IT, Finance, Banking, Technology and

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