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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.

  • Graduate Trainee – Systems Analyst, Global Procurement Team,

    Shortlist Location: North West
    Salary: £23,000 to £26,000
    SALARY: £23,000 – £26,000 P.A. LOCATION: LATHOM, LANCASHIRE CLOSING DATE: Friday 7th August WHO ARE WE? The NSG Group is one of the World’s largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for Architectural, Automotive and Technical Glass sectors. With around 28,000

  • Grad Trainee Recruitment Consultants Wanted! - Hays London

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20K BASIC + UNCAPPED COMMISSION + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    AMBITIOUS TRAINEE RECRUITMENT CONSULTANTS POWER THE WORLD OF WORK – JOIN HAYS Hays plc is the leading global professional recruiting group and a FTSE 250 business. We are the world's leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled work. With over

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultants - Hays Banking

    Shortlist Location: London
    Salary: £20K BASIC + UNCAPPED COMMISSION + benefits + OTE + Bonus
    As one of the largest recruitment businesses in London, Hays are always looking for driven individuals who are ambitious to achieve results and power the world of work for our customers. In today’s fast-paced job market, we believe that it’s vital

  • 2015 Pre-Internship Opportunities

    Shortlist Location: Nationwide
    Salary: n/a
    Insight weeks Our insight week programmes are firm-wide, allowing you to experience the work and culture of the whole organisation, whilst offering a taste of the various business areas that internships are available in. You will gain additional exposure in two

  • Trainee Manager - Majestic (Scotland)

    Shortlist Location: Scotland
    Salary: £18,584 + benefits
    Together we are Majestic… Love people? Thrive on providing an excellent service? We may have found a career for you. Together, this is what we do at Majestic. We are the UK’s largest wine retailer, inspiring customers who then buy a

  • Graduate Funding Co-Ordinator (Degree Apprenticeships)

    Shortlist Location: Slough
    Salary: £18,000 to £24,000 depending on experience + benefits
    QA Apprenticeship Programme - As the fastest growing division of QA, we are now the UK’s leading provider of IT and business services apprenticeships. Our multi-award winning programmes have been awarded the highest possible grade by Ofsted with an amazing ‘Outstanding’

  • Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Interviewing Immediately

    Shortlist Location: Central
    Salary: £20000 to £21000 per annum + OTE + Bonus
    TRAINEE RECRUITMENT SCHEME (PROPERTY) Basic Salary of £20,000Realistic OTE of £40,000Offices located in the heart of LondonAcademy of 10 TRAINEES to start in SEPTEMBERWe are recruiting 10 TRAINEES to start in SEPTEMBER and enter the leading trainee recruitment academy programme in

  • Recruitment Consultant Rated 6th Sundaytimes100 Best Comp

    Shortlist Location: South East, London
    Salary: 20k Base – 50k OTE + benefits + OTE + expenses
    This is a target-driven opportunity with commission obtainable from the moment you pick up the phone. After a rigorous induction your knowledge will build quickly as you are developed by mentors to become an exceptional recruitment consultant. A diverse and exciting

  • Graduate ICT Systems and Networking Assessor

    Shortlist Location: South East, London, Bristol, Slough, Reading
    Salary: £24,000 to £26,000 pa + car allowance + benefits
    Graduate ICT Systems and Networking Assessor (Multiple opportunities in the above locations that do require travel) QA Apprenticeship Programme - As the fastest growing division of QA, we are now the UK’s leading provider of IT and business services apprenticeships. Our

  • Graduate ICT Software Development Assessor

    Shortlist Location: South East, South West, London, Central
    Salary: £24,000 to £26,000 + car allowance + benefits
    QA Apprenticeship Programme - As the fastest growing division of QA, we are now the UK’s leading provider of IT and business services apprenticeships. Our multi-award winning programmes have been awarded the highest possible grade by Ofsted with an amazing ‘Outstanding’

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