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  • The percentage change for 2013 is calculated by taking the year end figures for 2011-2012 (reported in the Winter 2013 Survey) and comparing these to the year end figures for 2012-2013 (reported in the Winter 2014 Survey) so this represents the actual change in vacancies amongst these employers. It is based on those employers who gave year end figures in the Winter 2013 Review and the Winter 2014 Review (base=133) to ensure that we are comparing the same employers. <br /> <br /> The predicted 2014 is based on all 202 employers who responded to the Winter Review 2014 who gave their year end figures and their predictions. <br />

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  • Is an MA worth it? Stephen Isherwood Chief Executive Association of Graduate Recruiters
  • Graduate vacancy changes 10.5% 4.3% -8.2% 1.7% 8.9% -8.9% 0.6% 12.7% 5.1% 5.1% 15.5% -3.4% -6.5% 14.6% 14.7% 2014 (predicted) 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000
  • UK graduate hiring • Degree discipline doesn’t always matter • UCAS tariff and degree grade part of the mix • UK recruitment practices more complex than elsewhere • University targeting an allocation of resources • Graduate hiring teams a cost centre • 75% of vacancies not degree specific
  • What does good look like? 1. An ability to work collaboratively with teams of people 2. Excellent communication skills: both speaking and listening 3. A high degree of drive and resilience 4. Ability to analyse make sense of complex situations 5. An ability to embrace multiple perspectives and challenge thinking 6. A capacity to develop new skills and behaviours according to role requirements 7. A high degree of self-awareness 8. An ability to negotiate and influence 9. An ability to form professional networks 10. Awareness of issues affecting sector applied to
  • What does good look like? • Practically intelligent problem solver • Can get things done with and through others • Passion to do the job • Resilient and flexible
  • Early targeting 77.3% 53.4% 30.7% 6.8% Internships Sandwich or industrial placements Work placements Other types of placements
  • Back to a sellers market? Base population 735,000 Base GDP 2012 - £1,541,000m Source: Office for National Statistics 680 690 700 710 720 730 740 750 760 770 780 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 16-yr olds ('000s) 1400 1500 1600 1700 1800 1900 2000 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 GDP Projection (£bn)