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Graduate Job Hunting – What To Expect?

On28/ 06 /18
Graduation is one is one of the most exciting moments you can experience in adult life. It’s a celebration of your time at university finally being over, so well done on your achievement! 

Finding your first job after graduation, however, is a big step that sets the tone for the rest of your career. So it’s important that you enter the job market well prepared. Here at Bucks and Berks we have put together the top five things you should be aware of while looking for your first graduate role. 

Internships

Getting practical work experience carries a major significance when attempting to enter the job market, and this is why signing up for an internship can be very useful. By taking this opportunity you’ll learn how to develop highly transferable skills such as time management, effective workplace communication and creative problem solving, which make an internship a great learning phase before you step into the real corporate world. 

Social media tracking

When applying for your dream role, you might be surprised to find out that recruiters are very likely to review your social media feeds as part of the recruitment process. To make sure you’re prepared, double check the content you engage with on Twitter and Facebook. Things to watch out for include engaging with offensive media and using inappropriate language. Also consider sprucing up your LinkedIn profile to maximise your chances of getting noticed.  

Recruiters

When looking for your very first role, it’s very unlikely for employers to approach you first. So start off by speaking to your local recruitment specialist. A recruitment consultant will help you through the application and interview process, and can also provide you with some invaluable interview and negotiation tips that are a critical part of any graduate job search.

Entry-level jobs

Although you should always dream big, sticking to an entry-level position after you graduate is a good place to start. This is especially advantageous for people unsure about their career direction, as going for an entry-level/trainee position can help you to make the right decision in the long term. The average annual salary for an entry role ranges between £18,000 and £19,000, but you can always ask for a pay rise once you feel you’re ready.

Think twice about getting more education

If you think that embarking on an expensive postgraduate course will increase your chances of getting hired, think again. According to the Million+ group of UK universities, having a postgraduate degree “might enhance earnings over time”, but unless a postgraduate qualification is a requirement, “there is no evidence that employers prefer young graduates with a postgraduate qualification.” 

Looking for more job-hunting tips?  For more advice and tips, read our selection of blogs or speak to our consultant – we’re always happy to help!

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