Graduate job hunting

Whether you know what career you want or are keenly eyeing up the opportunities available hoping one will match your interests, confidence is high that the job market is recovering and there are vacancies to be found, and there are. You just need to be ready to jump on the first one that is a perfect match for you.

Being prepared for that moment is all about thinking ahead. If you’ve just finished your degree, have a CV you’re proud of and a selection of companies you want to apply to short-listed – then that’s the spirit. If not, understanding what job you want and the skills you need to be able to provide evidence of is not a simple task, it requires research.

When thinking about future careers you should look at what practical skills you have gained from your course such as numeracy or communication abilities. Also, look at the physical side of what you have learnt and enjoyed as this may give you some inspiration. Above all be practical in your choices and make realistic aims for your careers future.


Why graduate jobs?

Graduate jobs are highly sought after because they are tailored to both introducing you into a role at a basic level, then training you to move up the career ladder quickly. Many firms have management training schemes which will see you earmarked for a managerial role from the moment you start while many financial and accounting firms will set out a clear path to gain qualifications and move around the business.

Graduate schemes are designed to find the best position in a business for you to grow into your job – take the time to explore where a graduate job could take you with an employer and often you’ll find you’ll be well trained and well rewarded.

Of course, once you’ve got a full picture of what you can and want to do for a living, the next stage is to start finding out what jobs are out there. The internet is a great first place to start with graduate recruitment websites such as offering listings of opportunities available, though you should also seek out face-to-face advice from a careers consultant, ideally at your university, they will be able to give you specific advice on your personal job hunt. These kinds of services are also on offer online, so if you are unable to speak to anyone in person, seek out additional guidance where you are getting direct answers to your career questions.

Careers fairs are good environments to put yourself in, as you will be able to speak to employers looking for staff and keen to chat face-to-face: speak to them and you may find yourself with an interview the following week. Newspapers and industry magazines can be helpful, though not always for graduate roles.

Remember: graduate employers aren’t looking for the finished article, they want someone who has the potential to become the finished article – and it really could be you.

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