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    • INDEPENDENT AND FREE TNS www.thenationalstudent.comGRADUATESALARIES2012 STARTINGYOUR OWNBUSINESSGETTING A JOB WITH C S AREER12SOCIAL MEDIA 0 GUIDE 2 YOUR ARTS DEGREE CAN GET YOU A JOB! SKINS STAR AND ARTS EMERGENCY FOUNDER JOSIE LONG DISCUSSES THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR ARTS DEGREE
    • Editor James Thornhill 0207 7378 4904 james@bigchoicegroup.com Assistant Editor Lucy Miller lucy@bigchoicegroup.com Advertising Manager Wesley Lawson 0207 7378 4913 wesley@bigchoicegroup.com Designer Sergio Maestro sergio@bigchoicegroup.com WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL STUDENT Publisher Big Choice GroupL CONTENTS ast year we launched our first ever Careers Guide, and it was a great success. At a time when the jobs market is more competitive than ever we wanted togive you guys a helping hand with some good advice Sector: Engineering...................................P8and career opportunities. Sector: Technology..................................P16Thanks to our student journos (JayCrush, Alex Denby, Eno Efefiok and Job interviews............................................P20Cara McGoogan) for their tirelessresearch uncovering what you need Sector: Retail.............................................P30to know about job hunting after Sector: Media..............................................P40graduation. CV Tips............................................................P48We also asked a whole heap of careers experts for theirthoughts and tips on getting a job and I think you’ll Getting a job with social media..........P63agree they have been more than helpful. Sector: Law..................................................P67This year’s guide covers everything from how to get Sector: Recruitment Consultancy....P80your job, to what you might earn and also looked atopportunities from some of the country’s top graduate Sector: Consulting..................................P89employers. Graduate Careers DirectoryHopefully the TNS Careers Guide 2013 is the helpinghand you need on route to getting your dream job! The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 3
    • GRADUATEINTERVIEWJOBSGraduate jobs marketstudent perception vs.industry realityby Alex DenbyAt University of Durham significant rise in starting salaries will be very good news indeed to students”.T he Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) is an Despite the continuing uncertainty in organisation representing more both the UK economy and the Eurozone, than 800 companies. It annually employers are also continuing tosurveys many of these employers for the invest in graduate talent, with only afacts on graduate vacancies, making its 0.6% decrease in graduate vacancies2012 Summer Survey one of the best in 2012– a figure originally estimatedplaces for graduates to discover the truth at 1.2% earlier this year. This pointsabout the current job market. to a stabilisation of the graduate jobs market, which Gilleard describes asThe best news that graduates can take “encouraging”.from the survey is the predicted 6%increase in graduate starting salaries Also reassuring for graduates is the newsthis year, raising the average to £26,500. that the number of applications perThis increase is even more appreciable vacancy is down 12% on last year, to 73.2considering that it follows three (the first decrease of its kind in six years).successive years of stagnation. Carl This figure highlights the continuingGilleard, AGR Chief Executive, says “the competitive nature of the graduate 4 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • “ GRADUATE JOBS job market, but shows an improvingThe significant situation.rise in starting Types of vacancies vary greatly withinsalaries will companies, making some areas more saturated by applicants than others.be very good Research by High Fliers suggest thatnews indeed to around three-fifths of employers have vacancies in finance or IT, but with onlystudents.” 9% of vacancies in the media sector, graduates will find it much tougher to get a job there. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 5
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    • GRADUATE JOBSSo what can graduates actually do to The GM report also notes that “graduateboost their chances of filling a crucial recruiters have put more emphasisgraduate vacancy? on social media, training sessions, university careers services and campusIt seems that the traditional drop-in sessions” this year. So, boostrequirements are still important your social media presence to employersfor many employers: 76% of AGR and make the most of opportunities oncompanies said their selection criteria campus to ensure maximum exposurefor graduate jobs included a minimum and your chance of landing a job.2.1 standard. Less than a fifth said thisrestriction was loosened to graduates In terms of where these jobs are, Londonwith a 2.2. is still the place to be: nearly 40% of all graduate vacancies are situated inAs expected leading employers highlight the capital. Although this is a slightthe importance of work experience, with decrease on last year, more than half of36% of them saying they fill vacancies all vacancies are located in London orwith graduates who have already the South East, showing their continuedworked for them, according to High importance to employers.Fliers’ Graduate Market (GM) report.This figure is highest in the sectors of Basically, the reality for graduatesinvestment banking (71%), law (51%) entering the market is ratherand media (49%). encouraging. Starting salaries have increased significantly and the numberThese statistics demonstrate how of vacancies is relatively constant. Asvaluable employers consider work one employer says, “we are seeing anplacements and internships. More increase in the work we are doing sothan half the employers surveyed in the there’s a drive to get more [graduates]GM report said it was either highly or in”.completely unlikely they would offer ajob to an applicant without any work So what key message can you take fromexperience whatsoever. Of those who did all this? Employers are still keen to takegain some form of work placement of on the best graduates and it is importantinternship, 30% were recruited by their to let them see your skills. There is a jobemployer. The facts show that, more out there for you.than ever, placements and internshipsalways offer job-hunters an advantage. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 7
    • ENGINEERINGINTERVIEWWomen inENGINEERING 8 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • ENGINEERINGAlthough the last few decades have seen agreat improvement in gender ratios in the work by Cara McGoogan At University of Nottinghamplace, there are still industries which sufferfrom a significant lack of female employees.Despite improvements, the engineering industryhas a long way to go. same number applying to the proportion B ut as an industry the engineering of registered female engineers. sector has been making significant moves to rectify This is seen in WiSET’s assertion this situation. For example, that women experience a “severe lack the careers group Women in Science, of confidence” when they enter the Engineering and Technology (WiSET) industry because of the lack of other has been looking at the lack of women in women around them, leading to even the engineering sector. less women working as engineers than studying the subject at university level. In an industry which has maintained Yet women shouldn’t see this imbalance increasing success during the recession, as a deterrent but should seize the with an ever-expanding repertoire of job benefits it offers them. opportunities, WiSET’s work is of utter importance in bringing women into this Changing Face successful sphere. The positive action which is being taken to encourage women to enter the sector A Male Dominated World should be exploited by women interested Unfortunately, its recent study ‘The in this area. There are opportunities Changing Face of Engineering’ found being created for women which aren’t that the proportion of female students as easily accessible in other areas of the on engineering courses has remained at working world. The sector is handing about one in six for a number of years. out valuable work experience, creating increased support networks, employer They also found that just 3% of all engi- awareness and a changing approach neering apprentices are female, with the The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 9
    • ENGINEERINGINTERVIEW Give a career in engineering a serious consideration!to the curriculum which hopes for it to The ability the area of engineeringbecome seated in its practical context, has to remain a place of growth andmaking it a more interactive course to development in our current economicstudy. climate affords many opportunities which shouldn’t be overlooked. WithWiSET have a two-fold approach to almost 200 different areas of expertise,encouraging women into engineering, from environmental to structural toboth at pre-university and postgraduate medical engineering, the sector islevels. constantly looking for new, diverse talent and this especially includes women.They are currently working at SheffieldHallam University under the Athena With a highly successful, importantSWAN Award which was launched and wealthy field after your talent, itin 2005 and is committed to working would be unwise to pass on such anwith universities with regards to the opportunity. Give a career in engineeringadvancement of women in Science, a serious consideration!Engineering, Maths and Medicine “(STEMM). 79 universities are currentlysigned up to the award, a list of whichcan be found here: http://www.athenaswan.org.uk/html/athena-swan/membership/members-list/ . These topuniversities are committed to teaching the recentlypassionate and gifted budding femaleengineers. recognised challenges ofAfter graduation, this successful climate change mayindustry is also looking to recruiting offer engineeringmore women, encouraging engineeringgraduates to put their skills in to practicein the working world. As WiSET’sreport notes, “the recently recognisedchallenges of climate change may offerengineering a significant opportunity to a significant opportunity to draw in more women “draw in more women”. 10 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • ENGINEERINGAlthough the last few decades have seen agreat improvement in gender ratios in the work by Cara McGoogan At University of Nottinghamplace, there are still industries which sufferfrom a significant lack of female employees.Despite improvements, the engineering industryhas a long way to go. same number applying to the proportion B ut as an industry the engineering of registered female engineers. sector has been making significant moves to rectify This is seen in WiSET’s assertion this situation. For example, that women experience a “severe lack the careers group Women in Science, of confidence” when they enter the Engineering and Technology (WiSET) industry because of the lack of other has been looking at the lack of women in women around them, leading to even the engineering sector. less women working as engineers than studying the subject at university level. In an industry which has maintained an Yet women shouldn’t see this imbalance increasing success during the recession, as a deterrent but should seize the with an ever-expanding repertoire of job benefits it offers them. opportunities, WiSET’s work is of utter importance in bringing women into this Changing Face successful sphere. The positive action which is being taken to encourage women to enter the sector A Male Dominated World should be exploited by women interested Unfortunately, its recent study ‘The in this area. There are opportunities Changing Face of Engineering’ found being created for women which aren’t that the proportion of female students as easily accessible in other areas of the on engineering courses has remained at working world. The sector is handing about one in six for a number of years. out valuable work experience, creating increased support networks, employer They also found that just 3% of all engi- awareness and a changing approach neering apprentices are female, with the The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 9
    • ENGINEERINGINTERVIEW Give a career in engineering a serious consideration!to the curriculum which hopes for it to The ability the area of engineeringbecome seated in its practical context, has to remain a place of growth andmaking it a more interactive course to development in our current economicstudy. climate affords many opportunities which shouldn’t be overlooked. WithWiSET have a two-fold approach to almost 200 different areas of expertise,encouraging women into engineering, from environmental to structural toboth at pre-university and postgraduate medical engineering, the sector islevels. constantly looking for new, diverse talent and this especially includes women.They are currently working at SheffieldHallam University under the Athena With a highly successful, importantSWAN Award which was launched and wealthy field after your talent, itin 2005 and is committed to working would be unwise to pass on such anwith universities with regards to the opportunity. Give a career in engineeringadvancement of women in Science, a serious consideration!Engineering, Maths and Medicine “(STEMM). 79 universities are currentlysigned up to the award, a list of whichcan be found here: http://www.athenaswan.org.uk/html/athena-swan/membership/members-list/ . These topuniversities are committed to teaching the recentlypassionate and gifted budding femaleengineers. recognised challenges ofAfter graduation, this successfulindustry is also looking to recruiting climate change may offer engineeringmore women, encouraging engineeringgraduates to put their skills to practicein the working world. As WiSET’sreport notes, “the recently recognisedchallenges of climate change may offerengineering a significant opportunity to a significant opportunity to draw in more women “draw in more women”. 10 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • “It’s fascinating to work for a company that has such a critical role in moving the UK towards a sustainable energy future.” Erin Johnson, Project EngineerGraduate Development Programme – starting salary of £25,600 and £26,600 paStudent Programmes – starting salaries of £12,500 to £15,600 paEngineer Training Programme – starting salary of £23,500 paAdvanced Apprenticeship Programme – starting salary of £14,950 paNational Grid’s role is to connect people to the energy they increasing population, changing economic times and ageinguse. Society relies on having energy at its finger tips: it is power plants will be unprecedented. This presents individualsbuilt on it and National Grid owns and manages the systems with a tremendous opportunity to work with the latestto which many different energy sources are connected. technology and ensure we have energy networks that willIn Britain we run systems that deliver gas and electricity meet the future challenges. You can be at the heart of one ofacross the entire country. In the North Eastern states of the the greatest engineering challenges facing society; the creationUS, we provide power directly to millions of customers. of new sustainable energy solutions for the future.Holding a vital position at the centre of the energy system, At National Grid we’re passionate about our “grow our ownNational Grid join’s everything up. strategy” and our suite of GCSE to degree level career pathThe energy market will dramatically change between development programmes. It’s little wonder that they arenow and 2015 and National Grid will play a vital role in recognised for excellence and innovation – after all, we’veconnecting new sources of energy generation. The transition been running some for well over 20 years – so they are someto a low carbon economy is set against a background of of the best you’ll find anywhere.Please visit our website to find out moreand to apply.www.nationalgridcareers.com/ The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 11Development-Opportunities
    • We’re looking for the mis Transnational Graduate D BE PART OF OUR SUCCESS SELEX Galileo is a world leader in aerospace and defence electron Graduate Programme - an accelerated programme specifically tai training and opportunities for career development and internation 2013 Opportunities We have Engineering (Mechanical, Hardware, Systems, Software Quality, Project Management, Commercial, Procurement and Fina Luton and Southampton. Studying a business or engineering related degr Find out more and apply online at the careers ta www.selexgalileo.com12 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • ssing pieceDevelopment Programmenics. We’re looking for the best and brightest to join our Transnational ilored for graduates. It places an emphasis on providing continuousnal experience, supplemented by attractive benefits.e, Supportability, Microwave, Industrial and Production), Operations,ance roles available across our UK locations in Basildon, Edinburgh,ree?ab of our website. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 13
    • ENGINEERING INTERVIEW s About 0 hing 1 T Engineering ies for ffer op portunit y com panies o seas. 5. Man ow ork over uates with new ineers t ing grad high dem and, eng ngineer in six re in umb ers nd half of e ent with . Engin eers a r the n 6. Arou mploym1 ot mak ing up fo ll time e cruits n are in fu ing. lary is re ng. s s of graduat rting sa retiri gineer month ate sta of those ional en e gradu profess g to averag 2. Onl y 7% of str y is tryin 7. The ,000. ar in en. The indu pplica nts und £25 ffer a ye are wom female a aro urses o ng gree co nts vital work g e more mentori 8. M any de g stude encoura emes su ch as n to try, givin to sch wome indus % of leading o encourage ence. lmost 20 mes t ctor. experi s for a program in the se account areer f sector con sider a c ren t types o 9. The P. ering are m any diffe al, civ il, the UK’s GD AGR th e engine 3 . There as , chemic nd ding to the duate eer such ftware a 0. Accor their gra engin nical, so 1 xpects re. ical, mecha com panies in dustry e w in futu electr t large t to gro al, and mos rec ruitmen structur s. turing all type anufac employ e 6th la rgest m K has th ple. U g 3 mil lion peo 4. The mployin ,e industry 14 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • ENGINEERINGg FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ENGINEERING The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 15
    • TECHNOLOGYINTERVIEW FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TECHNOLOGY 16 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • TECHNOLOGY 10 Things AboutTECHNOLOGY in Euro pe, worth £58 gest ICT markets e of the lar urope1. The UK has on l skills base in E hnologica o the billion a ye ar ongest tec rket co uld lead t K also h as the str own th at the ma 2. The U Micros oft has sh re an 3. Res earch by ew job s by 2013 onomy will requi of 78,200 n ed that the UK ec creation s predict y year y ha nals ever e UK, 4. Anot her stud ew IT professio compa nies in th f 110,500 n cialist software average o 0,000 spe over 10 s egree 5. T here are ajor g lobal firm job, an d many d includin g all the m vital to getting a rience is his cal e xpe ry to achieve t me comp anies 6. Pract i n indust offers in the sa ses offe r a year i ad to job asingly c omplex, cour ents le n incre e se placem tial, but in a edge 7. 70% of th tudy is not essen ould giv e you the d the raduate s arket it c sed in London an 8. Postg d compet itive m % are ba , an , but 44 changing ho ut the UK th of xist throug oad, an d the Nor 9. Jobs e nities abr South Eas t pportu e are m any job o ng. 10. How ever ther y secto r is growi technolog England’s The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 17
    • Employer Profile “From the second I walked through the doors I knew I was partFactfile of something special. To work for an organisation where drive and motivation comes not from money, but from the opportunityDegree disciplines/ to do extraordinary things for my country gives me an immensedegree class required sense of achievement.” Aled, Cyber Security Specialist Most considered but we have specific roles for IT, Computer Science, Research & Development, GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) is one of the UK’s Engineering, Mathematics, intelligence and security agencies. We play a critical role in countering threats Physics, Languages, Internet against the UK. Terrorism, espionage and warfare all need to be tackled, but and Information Science. increasingly we are turning our attention to the alarming growth in internet based The requirements change ‘cyber’ attacks. Understanding the threats and exploiting opportunities in cyber depending on the job role, so space is fundamental to our mission. the class of degree varies from Focusing on the collection of foreign electronic material (or ‘signals intelligence’ a minimum of a 2.1 or a 2.2 as we call it) we provide information to a number of government departments, law enforcement agencies and the military, to help safeguard UK interests.Number of employees In conjunction we seek to protect and secure information on Government IT 5,500 and communications systems by providing best practice ‘information assurance’ advice to help combat hackers and other threats.Number of graduate vacanciesper year Recruiting graduates from various disciplines (though predominantly languages, c.200 science, technology, engineering and mathematics) we offer truly unique opportunities. So if you want to join an environment where you can REALLYPlacements/internships make a difference (not just pay lip-service to it) then look no further. We alsoavailable offer technical sponsorships/placements, with applications accepted in the Student Sponsorship Scheme, autumn of each year. please see the sponsorships page Our recruitment campaigns run throughout the year. Please note, due to the on our website for further details sensitive nature of our work, applicants must be British citizens.Work locations 99 per cent of our graduates are based at our HQ in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.Salary and benefits c.£25,400 plus substantial benefits including flexible workingApplication procedure Please apply online at www.gchq-careers.co.ukDeadline Varies by function; please visit our website for specific closing datesContact details Graduate enquiries email address: recruitment@gchq.gsi.gov.uk www.gchq-careers.co.uk 18 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • explore another world You recognise them. Now find out what they really mean.As one of the UK’s intelligence agencies, we gather information to help combatthe cyber criminals and terrorists threatening our nation’s security. Right now,we’re looking for cyber security, information assurance, software engineering anddevelopment and other technical specialists. We need foreign language analystsand mathematicians too. So join our mission and, whichever role you’re in, you’llfind new ways to use and grow your expertise.See what else it could mean for you at www.gchq-careers.co.uk Applicants must be British citizens. GCHQ values diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 19 We want our workforce to reflect the diversity of our work.
    • 5 tips for standing out in ajob interviewSo you’ve worked hardand won that all-importantinterview, it can be easy tothink the hard work is over andrelax. In fact the importantpart of the application processis still ahead of you. 20 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • I n a competitive job market, you’re Dress to show that you take pride not going to get every job that you in yourself, that you understand the apply for, so whatever happens, environment you’ll be working in and use it as an opportunity to learn that you’ve actually made an effort.and improve yourself with some good When the interview opens the door,experience and feedback. all of these positive points will be communicate within a couple of secondsIt’s important to keep it simple and without you having to say a word.stay focused, so we asked Paul Borossauthor of The Pocket Pitching Bible for Practicehis top five tips for interview success. You should know what questions to expect from the interviewer, and everyPreparation question they ask is carefully crafted toWhat do you know about the company get the information they need.you’ve applied to or the person who isinterviewing you? Don’t think that you can ‘wing it’ and make it up as you go along, because youWith tools like Google and LinkedIn, can be sure that no interviewer wants toyou have no excuse for going into hire someone who does that. If there arethe interview unprepared. When the holes in your CV, don’t hope for the best,interviewer asks, “What do you know ask yourself challenging questions andabout us?”, they’re not just being polite, practice your answers.they’re checking to see if you’ve doneyour homework. If you fall short in some areas, demonstrate your willingness to learnAppearance and take on a challenge. If there are gapsWhat’s your attitude to dressing for the in your employment, show that you wereinterview? Are you dressing to impress? still doing something useful with yourTo make a personal statement? To time.express your individuality? DesireIf so, go back to your wardrobe If you were interviewing people for aand start again, asking yourself the job, who would you rather employ –question, is how you look really more someone who acted like they couldn’timportant than getting the job? care less or someone who really seemed to want the job? The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 21
    • If you want the job, and I’m presumingthat you do because you applied for it,then don’t be afraid to show it. And whenthe interviewer asks, at the end, if youhave any questions, don’t be afraid tosay, “Yes – Do I get the job?”Follow upA good interviewer will take notes andmake a considered decision, but youcan’t rely on everyone to be as organised.As soon as you get home from theinterview, write a follow-up letter andput it in the post the same day, or dropit in at reception if you live nearby. Inthe letter, thank the interviewer for theirtime, outline the main reasons whyyou’re the right candidate and once againemphasise how much you’d like to begiven the job.“ In a competitive job market, you’re not going to get every job that you apply for, so whatever happens, use it as an opportunity to learn and improve yourself with some “ good experience and feedback. 22 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • I n a competitive job market, you’re Dress to show that you take pride not going to get every job that you in yourself, that you understand the apply for, so whatever happens, environment you’ll be working in and use it as an opportunity to learn that you’ve actually made an effort.and improve yourself with some good When the interview opens the door,experience and feedback. all of these positive points will be communicate within a couple of secondsIt’s important to keep it simple and without you having to say a word.stay focused, so we asked Paul Borossauthor of The Pocket Pitching Bible for Practicehis top five tips for interview success. You should know what questions to expect from the interviewer, and everyPreparation question they ask is carefully crafted theWhat do you know about the company get the information they need.you’ve applied to or the person who isinterviewing you? Don’t think that you can ‘wing it’ and make it up as you go along, because youWith tools like Google and LinkedIn, can be sure that no interviewer wants toyou have no excuse for going into hire someone who does that. If there arethe interview unprepared. When the holes in your CV, don’t hope for the best,interviewer asks, “What do you know ask yourself challenging questions andabout us?”, they’re not just being polite, practice your answers.they’re checking to see if you’ve doneyour homework. If you fall short in some areas, demonstrate your willingness to learnAppearance and take on a challenge. If there are gapsWhat’s your attitude to dressing for the in your employment, show that you wereinterview? Are you dressing to impress? still doing something useful with yourTo make a personal statement? To time.express your individuality? DesireIf so, go back to your wardrobe If you were interviewing people for aand start again, asking yourself the job, who would you rather employ –question, is how you look really more someone who acted like they couldn’timportant than getting the job? care less or someone who really seemed to want the job? The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 21
    • If you want the job, and I’m presumingthat you do because you applied for it,then don’t be afraid to show it. And whenthe interviewer asks, at the end, if youhave any questions, don’t be afraid tosay, “Yes – Do I get the job?”Follow upA good interviewer will take notesand make a considered decision, butyou can’t reply on everyone to be asorganised. As soon as you get home fromthe interview, write a follow-up letterand put it in the post the same day, ordrop it in at reception if you live nearby.In the letter, thank the interviewer fortheir time, outline the main reasons whyyou’re the right candidate and once againemphasise how much you’d like to begiven the job.“ In a competitive job market, you’re not going to get every job that you apply for, so whatever happens, use it as an opportunity to learn and improve yourself with some “ good experience and feedback. 22 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • If you get the job, congratulations! But ifnot, don’t be put off. Call the interviewerand ask them for five minutes feedbackon where you went wrong. It’s nothingpersonal, there was just someone elsewho was a better fit for their criteria. But by showing a genuine interest inyour development, you achieve twovaluable things; firstly, you improveyour chances of getting the next job, andsecondly, you create a good impressionwith the interviewer who will rememberyou for the next position that comes up. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 23
    • “ Josie LongINTERVIEW It is a joke to think that society doesn’t function better with people with lots of arts skills in it. “ by James ThornhillTNS sat down with writer, comedian and founder ofthe Arts Emergency charity, Josie Long, to discussthe importance of your arts degree and why it isperfect for getting you the job you want.Arts degrees can be seen as a bit regular appearances on TV and radiowishy-washy. How exactly can drawing and is currently working on a crowd-a few pictures or making the odd short sourced short-film project.film be a worthwhile pursuit?The reality is that arts degrees (which TNS and Josie Long met to discussalso cover the whole range of humanities exactly why you shouldn’t listen to thebased courses) feed into just about doom-mongers about your arts degree.everything that you watch, read, hear In recent years, BAs have been underand enjoy. People with arts degrees are, attack as ‘Mickey Mouse’ degrees and notparamount to informing, educating and worthwhile for getting a job or for theentertaining everyone in society. economy. Josie is clear about how wrongIf there is one person that is passionate this is.about how important art degrees areit is Josie Long. You might recognise “I want to say to those people, Do youher as the careers advisor in Skins, but ever watch films or TV? Do you ever readthis is just one arty-venture she has anything? Do you like any pictures? Dobeen involved with. Making her name you basically like anything? Do you readas a stand-up comedian, she has made a newspaper or a lifestyle magazine? 24 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • WANTED INDEPENDENT AND FREETNS TNSWRITERS www.thenationalstudent.comTNS IS LOOKINGFOR WRITERS ONYOUR CAMPUS involved with TNS and join the ranksGet involved with TNS and join the ranks past writers who have gone on to workof past writers who have gone on to workfor people like the BBC, NME, Heat and the BBC, NME, Heat and theGuardian.Guardian. hands on amazing work experience,Get your hands on amazing work experience,opportunities and freebies.opprotunites and freebies.To find out more and to apply online click Here The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 29 The National Student – Freshers 2011 7
    • INTERVIEWThe government doesn’tvalue your arts degreeand the perception is itwon’t get you a job! Thisfact couldn’t be furtherfrom the truth. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 25
    • INTERVIEWevery night. I had no financial support, There are jobs out there for people withfrom the age of 18 I didn’t stay a day with arts degrees, and they are degrees worthmy parents because I couldn’t. I never protecting. Don’t let people tell youtook any money from anyone, all I did otherwise, and be confident in what yourwas share a flat with friends somewhere degree has done for you.horrible, pay my rent through temping,and then arse off the whole time gigging.My first year of stand-up I madesomething like two grand for the wholeyear.”So, despite what you might be told yourdegree and the skills you now haveare important to you and for doing awhole range of important jobs. A BA is amassive plus to your CV.Which is why Josie set up the charityArts Emergency (read more about itsformation here) to combat what they seeas the removal of support for arts-basedlearning at our universities.Long explains why they set up thecharity, “Because it really does feellike an emergency when it comes toarts funding at university level. When You can find out more about Artsthey cut the block grant that funds arts Emergency HEREand humanities degrees they totally Josie Long is currently involved in atook away the funding for that, so now crowd-sourced, short-film projectuniversities are scrambling around, they http://www.sponsume.com/project/have to charge £9,000 fees because they romance-and-adventure and willhave effectively lost all funding from be out on tour throughout October,the government. They have effectively November and December - http://stealth privatised BAs.” www.josielong.com/gigs.htm 28 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • INTERVIEWThe government doesn’tvalue your arts degreeand the perception is itwon’t get you a job! Thisfact couldn’t be furtherfrom the truth. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 25
    • INTERVIEW“ You have to do what yo really want to appreciateu want to do and or three ye that it might take t will build upars to build up. But wo help but lea because you can’ it more confi rn things, you get testablisheddent, you get moreat what you and you get better do “ The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 27
    • INTERVIEWBecause all of those things need to be Josie adds that her English degreemade by people who need to be trained turned her into a ‘perpetual student, inhow to do them. It is a joke to think the best way possible’ with her alwaysthat society doesn’t function better with researching and wanting to learn newpeople with lots of arts skills in it.” things, gives her inspiration and new“A massive part of the UK economy, our things to use in her work. “At the veryexports, are cultural exports. It makes least it gives you the skills to negotiateloads and loads of money for the UK the world in a more interesting way,it is what we were and are known for - and probably a happier way. Well, moreour music and our art and all that stuff. interesting definitely, you might just be aFinancially it is very useful.” miserable person!”Aside from the obvious arts and media But getting to where you want in the artsbased careers, many BA degrees industry is not going to be an easy ride,(especially ones such as philosophy, you need to accept that work experiencehistory and English) can tool you up with and working your way up through thedesirable skills for many industries. As ranks is all part of the process.Josie explains, “Creative thinking and “You have to really want to do what youcritical thinking which is what you get want to do and appreciate that it mightfrom arts and humanities is massively take two or three years to build up. But itimportant. Even in business they are will build up because you can’t help butvery important, they’re soft skills, they learn things, you get more confident, youare entrepreneurial skills which is what get more established and you get betterpeople love. at what you do.”They teach you autonomy, they Josie herself didn’t step straight from uniteach you all sorts of things that are to being a top comedian, and highlightstransferable skills and very marketable the importance of following yourskills. It’s good to learn something like dreams.philosophy because you can read thingsreally critically and analyse peoples “For me with stand-up, it was a slightlyarguments and points really well, those different economy because I came out ofthings are really important for really dry, university in 2003, before the financialhigh-end things.” crash, so what I did was temping in really soul-destroying jobs and just gigging 26 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • INTERVIEW“ You have to do what yo really want to appreciateu want to do and or three ye that it might take t will build upars to build up. But wo help but lea because you can’ it more confi rn things, you get testablisheddent, you get moreat what you and you get better do “ The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 27
    • INTERVIEWevery night. I had no financial support, There are jobs out there for people withfrom the age of 18 I didn’t stay a day with arts degrees, and they are degrees worthmy parents because I couldn’t. I never protecting. Don’t let people tell youtook any money from anyone, all I did otherwise, and be confident in what yourwas share a flat with friends somewhere degree has done for you.horrible, pay my rent through temping,and then arse off the whole time gigging.My first year of stand-up I madesomething like two grand for the wholeyear.”So, despite what you might be told yourdegree and the skills you now haveare important to you and for doing awhole range of important jobs. A BA is amassive plus to your CV.Which is why Josie set up the charityArts Emergency (read more about itsformation here) to combat what they seeas the removal of support for arts-basedlearning at our universities.Long explains why they set up thecharity, “Because it really does feellike an emergency when it comes toarts funding at university level. When You can find out more about Artsthey cut the block grant that funds arts Emergency HEREand humanities degrees they totally Josie Long is currently involved in atook away the funding for that, so now crowd-sourced, short-film projectuniversities are scrambling around, they http://www.sponsume.com/project/have to charge $9,00 fees because they romance-and-adventure and willhave effectively lost all funding from be out on tour throughout October,the government. They have effectively November and December - http://stealth privatised BAs.” www.josielong.com/gigs.htm 28 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • WANTED INDEPENDENT AND FREETNS TNSWRITERS www.thenationalstudent.comTNS IS LOOKINGFOR WRITERS ONYOUR CAMPUSGet involved with TNS and join the ranksof past writers who have gone on to workfor people like the BBC, NME, Heat and theGuardian.Get your hands on amazing work experience,opprotunites and freebies.To find out more and to apply online click Here The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 29 The National Student – Freshers 2011 7
    • RETAILINTERVIEWSpecial offers for graduates! What does high-volume retailing in the 21st century mean to you?I t’s something that Lidl had already electrical goods of all sorts, housewares, recognised when they brought their exotic imports… in fact it’s the original unique brand to this country nearly Lidl model that now prevails. 20 years ago. Their philosophy of everyday top quality products at the Regular customers of Lidl will now lowest possible price was a challenge happily buy new and unfamiliar brands to the status quo in a sector that had because they trust Lidl and know that polarised into either high quality, high nothing goes on their shelves without prices at one end and “pile ’em high, quality approval. Month by month the sell ‘em cheap” at the other. Lidl offered range is refreshed as new products are something quite different and shook up introduced and others take a break. This the market from the start. makes every visit to a Lidl store a journey of discovery. It was the Lidl philosophy Fast-forward to 2012. The Lidl that saw it through times of economic philosophy has stood the test of time. tribulation and set the bar at delivery of They say imitation is the sincerest form high quality at lower prices. of flattery and it takes only a cursory look along the shelves of the biggest So, then, how has all this impacted UK retailers to see the influence of upon Lidl’s intake of graduates in recent Lidl. Stores that were once exclusively years? In the ultra-competitive world food stores are now heavily featuring of graduate recruitment it’s always 30 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • RETAIL Ever changing, ever evolving, it’s like a mirror to society, revealing the nation’s needs and preferences. The major retailers are now so in tune with their customers that every visit to a store reveals new ranges, new emphasis and fresh ideas to meet the changing requirements of the customer base.been the case that the most visibleconsumer brands are naturally theones that get most attention because ofthat very familiarity. The retail sectoris no exception. In fact the sector itselfis becoming increasingly attractiveto graduates with the perceivedsophistication and innovation of largescale operations.Lidl’s higher profile has allowed it tojoin the group of major UK retailersand created a growing recognition ofits appeal as an employer of choice. Itspopularity soared as visibility increased.The tendency among young people toshop where their parents shop has seena spin-off benefit as positivity towardsLidl among students and graduates hasgrown. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 31
    • “RETAILINTERVIEW With over 590 stores and still rapidly expanding throughout the UK, Lidl are as committed to their people as they are to their customers Supported by ambitious and well Accolades are important but so are structured resources, the last four continuous improvements in the range years have seen Lidl steadily rise in the of programmes available. With a focus rankings of the Times Top 100 Graduate on employee engagement, Lidl are Employers to number 32, and shows no committed to retaining and developing sign of faltering. The Guardian UK 300 talent for future leadership. Those is the largest and most comprehensive who know Lidl see the company going annual survey of student opinion on from strength to strength and previous graduate careers and employers and placement candidates are now vocal has raised Lidl’s ranking within the advocates for Lidl. With over 590 stores Retail Sector from a healthy 25th to and still rapidly expanding throughout an impressive 9th in their 2012/13 list. the UK, Lidl are as committed to their Even the National Council for Work people as they are to their customers Experience last year gave Lidl the award and put their success down to the quality for ‘work placement of the year 2010/11’ and hard work of those who work for long term placements employing with them…. outstanding, committed less than 20 students (4-12 months) in individuals. companies of over 250 employees. However, there’s no room for complacency in the world of Lidl. Having successfully broken down a host of misconceptions as a new retailer, their outstanding, current popularity is a testament to their resilience and their ability to attract high committed individuals. quality talent. 32 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
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    • Quality products. Quality people.There’s nothing ordinary aboutour graduate opportunities…OR OUR GRADUATES!Graduate Area Management ProgrammeLOCATIONS NATIONWIDEStarting on £33k pa, with the potential to earn up to £53k pa,plus car + benefitsAre you ready to manage? Are you anything but ordinary?If you can lead and inspire as part of a team, take the next step now towardsrunning multiple stores with a world-class retailer.Our fast-track programme into Area Management is for outstanding, self-confidentindividuals, who can make a significant difference to our business from day one.There is a steep learning curve and we’ll give you the chance to take earlyresponsibility of a district of up to five stores. To apply online please visit www.lidlgraduatecareers.co.uk www.lidl.co.uk The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 35
    • RETAILINTERVIEW 10Retail Things About1. 29% of all recent graduates working in management roles are working in retail.2. The internet accounts for £27 billion of retail sales, that’s 9%.3. In 2011 there were 284,490 retail outlets in the UK, in addition to the 150,000 UK online retailers.4. In 2011 UK retail sales were over £303 billion, the third highest in the world.5. One in ten of those in employment in the UK work in retail, the highest proportion of private sector employment.6. Retail related degrees are available, they may be helpful but they are not essential to succeed in the sector.7. The average graduate starting salary is £23,000. But some big players in the industry are amongst the best payers of graduates with Lidl paying their Graduate Area Managers £33,000 with an increase of up to £53,000.8. Graduate schemes offered by the big retailers are very competitive and so most require a 2.2 at a minimum.9. There is a variety of work in retail, including buying, merchandising, design, marketing and more!10. The retail sector is still creating more new jobs than any other sector. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT 36 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 RETAIL
    • Sound too good to be true? Well it isn’t isit:Market Force is looking for students just like you to take G et paid to vpart in a number of mystery shopping programmes allover the UK. • Local PubsFrom going to pubs and restaurants, shopping on the tshigh street to placing bets at the local bookies, mystery • Restauran ps • Coffee Shoshopping is a great way to earn extra cash quicklyand easily. St StoresAll you need to do is provide an honest appraisal • Major Highof your experience. ops • Betting ShAnd the best bit.... • NightclubsNot only will you get paid a fee, often ranging between£5-£15, you will also be reimbursed for any purchases • Cinema’syou may have to make. And the visits are flexible aroundstudying and your social life.How to register?Simply visit: http://uk.marketforce.com/tns 37 http://uk.marketforce.com/tns - Careers Guide 2012 The National Student Lead with inteLLigen ce
    • GRADUATEINTERVIEWJOBSGraduate salarieswhat’s the reality? DO YOU EXPECT TO by Alex Denby HOW MUCH At University of Durham EARN AFTER YOU GRADUATE?A survey of students by the Big natural given the economic downturn Choice found that 31% of students and constant reports of unemployment, expect their starting salary to be especially among young people. £20,000-£24,000. Some are alittle more modest – just under a fifth So why are graduate salaries so muchanticipate earning less than £15,000 as better than students believe they will be?starting salary – while an ambitious 6% It comes down to market competition,expect to start on more than £30,000 a with firms desperate to land the mostyear. So who’s right? talented employees. “The executive wanted us to be a real player and wantedIn reality, it seems that graduate to make the salary a more meaningfulexpectations are rather reserved: a proposition”, said one recruiter. Anothersurvey by the Association of Graduate employer agreed: “firms need to beRecruiters (AGR), which represents more competitive to attract the besthundreds of companies, suggests that graduates”.the average graduate salary this year is£26,500, up 6% on last year. High Fliers findings show that graduate’s long-term expectations are moreResearch of leading employers, ambitious. After five years in work,conducted by High Fliers, suggests today’s graduates expect to be earning angraduates can expect to earn an even average of £39,900, which – accordingmore impressive £29,000 on average. to AGR – is only £500 more per year than the figure graduates recruited fiveIt appears that many graduates have years ago actually earn.very modest expectations, which is only 38 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • GRADUATE CASE STUDYNomfundoSarah MsomiI always imagined I’d live and work brochure caught my eye and I knew I in different parts of the world, wanted to be a Fellow. although it seemed like a long shot in the township where I was Internet Scholar Ethan Zuckerman once born and raised. With a background described ‘bridge figures’ as people who in International Development, and find themselves at the intersection of having worked for various charities and disparate cultures and communities, NGOs, I might seem like an unlikely fit poised to use their unique placement for marketing. But that’s one of the key to facilitate meaningful connections strengths of the WPP Fellowship and between people. This is how I interpret the type of applicants it attracts. You’ll what the Fellowship has allowed me to often hear a Fellow say, ‘it just sounded build on. I have the pleasure of working like the job for me’, whether they’re across disciplines, across agencies and recent Bachelors graduates, teachers, across geographies, which brings with neuroscientists or photographers. In my it a sense of responsibility no other case, an unfulfilled creative drive and job could match. As I wrap up my passion for communications hung over year as a Strategist at Digit, a design my head with each professional choice and technology studio in Shoreditch, I made. And the threat only rose to a I look forward to my next rotation in crescendo when graduate school was media in Mumbai. Once there, I expect drawing to a close and I was yet to come I’ll often find myself looking around across a job description that sounded and wondering – as I often do at R&D like me. I can no longer recall when brainstorms at Digit - and how, but the call for ambidextrous brains on the front of the Fellowship how on earth I got so lucky. 44 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • GRADUATE JOBSThe 16% of graduates who expected tobe earning more than £100,000 by their30th birthday appear to be a little moreunrealistic, however.As you’d expect good starting salariesare available in investment bankingor fund managing and law. Studentsentering these areas can expect to earnan impressive £38,250 and £37,000,respectively. “Surprisingly graduates can find the mostcompetitive earnings in consultancyand retail, with Lidl’s Graduate AreaManagers starting at £33,000 with thepotential to earn up to £53,000 per year.Starting salaries vary significantly Of course,between sectors - graduates starting inthe public sector will earn £23,750, on finding a job isn’taverage. This is still at the top end of easy. But if youwhat most graduates expected to earnthough. do manage to secure one ofLondon continues to be the best-paidarea for graduate jobs, with an average the thousandsstarting salary of £28,500, higher than of graduatethe £25,000 offered in the South-East,South-West, North-West, Scotland vacancies advertised everyand Wales. Higher accommodationand living costs may offset these gainsbut with 40% of all graduate vacanciessituated in the capital, it continues toprove popular with employers andemployees alike. year, you could be earning a lot more than you think. “ The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 39
    • MEDIAINTERVIEW FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MEDIA 40 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • 0MEDIA MEDIA Things About1 1. Work in the media is highly journalism. varied; it inclu des TV, film, vid 2. Most job va eo games and cancies aren’t jobs through n advertised, 70 etworking. % of current w orkers got the 3. However, th ir e big players s training schem uch as the BBC es. offer some hig hly respected 4. The majorit y of media jobs This is a chang are located in ing situation w London and the ith many comp South East. the BBC’s high anies moving n -profile move to orth, such as 5. 550,000 pe Manchester. ople work in th sector being th e media industr e largest. y, with the inte ractive media 6. Around a q uarter of peop 7. Work expe le working in th rience is consid e media industr ered an essenti y are freelance media jobs. al thing for entr . 8. A related-d y into most egree is not es your skills. sential, but it c ertainly helps to demonstrate 9. Where in th e past most inte most media co rnships were u mpanies now p npaid, this is im10. The media aying their inte proving with sector offers s rns. but offers good ome of the low opportunities fo est graduate s tarting salarie r career-progr s ession. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 41
    • Marketing Fell Deadline for entry: 8 November 2012 (12 noon GMT) Visit our website and apply online at42 www.wpp.com The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • lowships 2013Ambidextrousbrains requiredWPP is the world leader in marketing communications, with more than150 companies setting industry standards in Advertising; Media InvestmentManagement; Consumer Insight; Public Relations & Public Affairs; Branding& Identity; Healthcare Communications; Direct, Digital, Promotion &Relationship Marketing; and Specialist Communications.We are manufacturers of communications ideas that help to build business for ourclients, through creating and developing relationships with the people who buy anduse their products and services. We do this through a demanding combination ofhard work and flair; logic and intuition; left brain and right brain thinking.The Fellowship was started, 17 years ago, to create future generations of leadersfor our companies. Fellows tend to be intellectually curious people, who aremotivated by the challenges of marketing communications, and by the prospectof working at the confluence of art and business. They spend three years on theprogram: in each year they work in a different WPP company, in a differentmarketing communications discipline and, usually, on a different continent.Long-term prospects within a WPP company are excellent, with many formerFellows now occupying senior management positions.For further information ask at your careers service or contact:Harriet Miller, WPPT: +44 (0)20 7408 2204E-mail: hmiller@wpp.com The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 43
    • GRADUATE CASE STUDYNomfundoSarah MsomiI always imagined I’d live and work brochure caught my eye and I knew I in different parts of the world, wanted to be a Fellow. although it seemed like a long shot in the township where I was Internet Scholar Ethan Zuckerman once born and raised. With a background described ‘bridge figures’ as people who in International Development, and find themselves at the intersection of having worked for various charities and disparate cultures and communities, NGOs, I might seem like an unlikely fit poised to use their unique placement for marketing. But that’s one of the key to facilitate meaningful connections strengths of the WPP Fellowship and between people. This is show I interpret the type of applicants it attracts. You’ll what the Fellowship has allowed me to often hear a Fellow say, ‘it just sounded build on. I have the pleasure of working like the job for me’, whether they’re across disciplines, across agencies and recent Bachelors graduates, teachers, across geographies, which brings with neuroscientists or photographers. In my it a sense of responsibility no other case, an unfulfilled creative drive and job could match. As I wrap up my passion for communications hung over year as a Strategist at Digit, a design my head with each professional choice and technology studio in Shoreditch, I made. And the threat only rose to a I look forward to my next rotation in crescendo when graduate school was media in Mumbai. Once there, I expect drawing to a close and I was yet to come I’ll often find myself looking around across a job description that sounded and wondering – as I often do at R&D like me. I can no longer recall when brainstorms at Digit - and how, but the call for ambidextrous brains on the front the fellowship very how on earth I got so lucky. 44 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • “ GRADUATE CASE STUDY I have the pleasure of working across disciplines, across agencies and across geographies, which brings with it a sense of responsibility no other job could match. “The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 45
    • GRADUATE CASE STUDYDale Kirsop Marketing Director, JWT New YorkT here we were, the Secretary of WPP Fellowship presents a refreshing State and I, hurtling down the alternative. With guidance and Kuala Lumpurian motorway in mentorship from industry titans, you are the Ambassador’s Jag, Union free to forge your own path. Where youFlag fluttering, motorcycle outriders go, what you do, who you work with…it’sahead, while 500 irate passengers on the all up to you. Don’t like it? Then changemidnight jumbo to London awaited our it. WPP will make it happen. Thatarrival. Why were we late? The King freedom of choice is rare, and to have itwouldn’t stop talking, obviously. How in a group as wildly diverse as WPP isdo you tell a King you’ve got to dash to truly unique.your plane? Awkward. My Fellowship took me to everyAnyway. “This job is pretty special”, I continent. I managed global advertisingthought to myself. And it is. campaigns, developed smells fromYou’re at a scary junction in your life scratch, designed new food products,and there’s a thousand ways to turn. and wrote speeches for the PrimeLawyers, Consultants and Financiers Minister, Prince William and Davidare no doubt schmoozing you with stock Beckham. After three years, no otherphotography, animated PowerPoints Fellow, indeed no other graduate I knew,and massive salaries. But look harder had a CV like mine. That’s the wholeand you’ll notice what’s not on their point of this programme – we’re alltable. It’s what I consider to be different. WPP respect and encouragemost important: control of your own individuality; they equip us to make ourprofessional destiny. own tracks, live our own lives and pursue our own passions. It’s an incrediblyAt this point, your career aspirations are liberating experience. So that’s whyuntested. It’s tempting but dangerous back then in Malaysia, and still today,to don the blinkers, and walk blindly I consider the WPP Fellowship to be sointo a regimented training programme special.only to regret it later. Thankfully, the 46 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • “ GRADUATE CASE STUDY WPP re and en spect individ courage equip uuality; they our ow s to make live ou n tracks, and pu r own lives own pa rsue our ssions. “The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 47
    • GRADUATEINTERVIEWJOBS Expert panel:How to write a CV If you want to get a job, h aving a good CV is essential.How long should my CV be?


 an instant impact, a personal statement can often add value to your CV, butEmma Smallwood: “I would suggest be warned, this is not a section to givethat it is no longer than three pages as an overview of your career, it needsyou want to ensure it is concise, to the to highlight key skills and give a clearpoint and well structured. Companies indication of your motivations, valuesare also starting to request video CVs and career path. No more than 3 or 4which are a good opportunity to sell your lines.”personality and articulate your skills andexperience.” How much detail of my education should I include?Should I bother with a personalstatement? Emma Smallwood: “This very much depends on your level of education. PutJulia Dolowicz: “I would say ‘Yes’. your most recent qualifications first andPotential recruiters like to read a round- include specific A-levels or equivalent,up of your strengths, abilities, and followed by, for example, 10 GCSEs A-C.personality at the top of your CV. It If the job specifies Maths or English,gives them the information ‘straight- include the specific grade. If half of youraway’” CV consists of a list of grades, it will not entice potential employers. TheyNadim Choudhury: “If you are targeting are interested in more than just youra specific careers path and want to make academic qualifications.” 48 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • d up three experts GRADUATE JOBSTNS line ing CVs to give you rite to the role as they draw the employer’sin writ attention first. Whether you modify yourthe lowd own on how to w ck CV depends on how different the jobs ill put you on tra are. If you are focusing on transferable one that w skills, for example, communicating at all m your dream job.. levels or project planning, you may not fro need to tailor your CV extensively. Consider focusing on a specific project How much of my employment history or role in greater depth if the skills and should I include? experience are more relevant.” Nadim Choudhury: “Most employers will How important is the presentation of ask you to list your past three jobs and my CV? give you the option of adding additional employment history if you so wish. If you Nadim Choudhury: “It Is import to have have a long work history, you might not a clear and concise CV, so avoid fancy want to include it all because a recruiter presentation styles. Consistency is key may glaze over and stop reading your and it should be structured properly. application. Include enough work history Make sure you use fonts appropriately. to give your future employer a sense of who you are without listing every job.” Times New Roman and Ariel are considered good font types of CVs. How much about my outside interests Highlight key factual information but try should I include? for it not to be too text heavy.” Julia Dolowicz: “Employers tell me this Should I use colour in my CV? is important but it’s crucial to get the balance right. I would choose to focus on Emma Smallwood: “Using colour to things that you’re passionate about and highlight certain aspects of the text happy to discuss at interview. Maybe is useful, but be aware that it may be two sentences maximum on this.” printed in black and white. How much should I tailor each CV to If you are applying for roles in the arts specific positions? the usual CV conventions are not strictly adhered to and demonstrating your Emma Smallwood: “You should artistic flair could help your application definitely tailor your covering letters stand out.” The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 49
    • “GRADUATEINTERVIEWJOBSWhat is the worst mistake you haveever seen in a CV?Nadim Choudhury: “A candidate put Spelling anddown her political affiliation that was Grammar is aclearly not mainstream. Needless to sayshe was not invited for an interview. huge one. It’sAvoid, religious and political views on vital that if you’reCVs.” not confident in this area – askEmma Smallwood: “I once read aCV written in text language, whichwas completely inappropriate.Communicating in this way is fine forinstant messaging but steer well clear ofit for job applications!” toothcomb. “ someone to check it over with a ‘fineWhat is the one mistake you would saywould guarantee your CV going straightin the bin?Julia Dolowicz: “Spelling and Grammaris a huge one. It’s vital that if you’re notconfident in this area – ask someone tocheck it over with a ‘fine toothcomb.’”Emma Smallwood: “Having the wrongaddress, company name or person youare applying to is a huge mistake.This usually happens because peopleapply for multiple roles and use thesame template. Always check thedetails before pressing ‘send’. A lackof attention to detail in the applicationprocess can speak volumes about thetype of person applying for the role. 50 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • GRADUATE JOBSNadim Choudhury, Head of CareerServices at London School ofBusiness & Finance (LSBF).A seasoned career services professional,Nadim Choudhury has over 8 yearsexperience working with leading globalbusiness schools. He has specificexperience in strategy development,coaching and guidance for MBA studentsand senior executives and currentlyheads up the Career Services departmentat the London School of Business &Finance. He has delivered hundredsof workshops on creating personalmarketing strategies and using socialmedia for career success.Julia Dolowicz is an externalmarker for Liverpool’s JohnMoore University World of Workprogramme. She also works forLiverpool College as a Careers Coach,supporting students throughout theUniversity application process andcoaching those who want to create theirfirst CV. Julia is the author of CreatingYour First Ever CV IN Seven Easy Steps.Emma Smallwood is a consultantwith people services business,Independent. She completed aMasters in HR after her degree andsince then has been working ongraduate, talent and training projects forIndependent’s blue chip client base. Thisincludes designing graduate assessmentcentres and assessing those candidateswho attend. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 51
    • GRADUATE INTERVIEWJOBS HOW TO MAKE YOUR JOB APPLICATION STAND OUT R) (WITHOUT DRESSING UP AS A CATERPILLA A s an advertising agency, we • An applicant filmed himself expect (and hope!) for the job handwriting his application in real applications we receive to be time and used props to illustrate his innovative. However, there can points. A fantastic idea in theory, butTO DO IN A be a very fine line between clever and in practice we struggled to read what clumsy applications, and sometimes he was writing. eager graduates become victims of their own creativity.VIEW While these examples are certainly original, it’s important that any For example, here’s an insight into what graduates feeling inspired to inject a bit some of the colleagues at Gratterpalm of inventiveness into their own CV do remember that job hunters have done in not overlook the basics. The purpose the past to try and stand out: of a job application is to communicate • A man pretended to be homeless and your skills, knowledge and experience sat outside our reception doors with in order to secure an interview. You’ll a sign saying he would work for free have the opportunity to show off your – he certainly grabbed our attention personality once you’re face-to-face with when we were falling over him to get the perspective employer. into the door. • Someone printed their CV on a So here are my top ten tips for making miniscule piece of paper and sent it sure your job application stands out (for in with a magnifying glass – the very the right reasons): definition of eye-catching! • We received a CV that was engraved 1. Make your CV enjoyable to read. onto a piece of toast, which was used Use colour, photography and design like a postcard. It survived its postal to present your CV in an interesting journey as it had been varnished to way. Don’t overdo it though – keep it keep it intact - including the stamp. relevant and professional. 52 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • GRADUATE JOBSHow far would you go to get your dream job? Would you dress upas a caterpillar, waddle your way into reception and hand deliveryour CV? No? Well that’s what one person did to try and get noticedby leading advertising agency Gratterpalm. Here, the agency’s HRManager, Anna Brown, reveals some of the weird and wonderful jobapplications she and her colleagues have seen in their time andoffers some tips on how you can make your job application standout – without scaring off potential employers. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 53
    • GRADUATEINTERVIEWJOBS Recruitment agencies can be an 2. on’t sacrifice substance for style. D expensive option for employers, so Make sure all the important facts many prefer job hunters to contact (such as education, work experience them directly – especially in the and specialist skills) are ticked off current climate. before you add the finishing touches. 6. ersistence is key, but know when P 3. f you’re including digital links, I to stop - stalking is not a good first videos or audio clips – check, check, impression and you don’t want to and check again! It’s such a waste of annoy anyone! your hard work if technology lets you 7. Offer to come in for a day to show down at the last hurdle. what you can do – it’s a good way 4. nclude examples of your work. This I to get your foot in the door and is especially important for creative show the wider team that you mean roles. Tailor your examples to the business. company you’re contacting and limit 8. Sell yourself – if you can’t sell the number of pieces you send – yourself, how will you be able to sell you’ll be able to go through a more your company’s ideas, products or extensive portfolio if you’re invited in services? Don’t be afraid of sounding for an interview. like you’re showing off – if you don’t 5. Contact companies directly, rather make a song and dance about how than through a recruitment agency. great you are, no one else will. 54 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • “ GRADUATE JOBS In a tough and competitive job market, you need to make sure that you balance creativity with solid evidence that you are the best person for the job. 9. Make sure written information is clear and concise – and always check for typos and grammatical errors. Ask someone else to proof read your application and CV – a fresh pair of eyes always helps. 10. Include your interests outside of work – this helps employers to find out a bit more about you and your personality. You don’t need to go into too much detail – again, you’ll have chance to expand on this in the interview.So while sky diving out of an aeroplaneinto the car park, or dressing up as agorilla with a bunch of flowers to handto the boss might get you noticed, ifyou’ve not covered the basics in your jobapplication, then your efforts may wellbe in vain. In a tough and competitivejob market, you need to make sure thatyou balance creativity with solid evidencethat you are the best person for the job. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 55
    • GRADUATEINTERVIEWJOBS Best Practice in Assessment Centres M ake sure you have researched build an impression of the company. the company fully prior to However, don’t rely on this as a attending. This includes means of informing yourself about reading company reports and the organisation as they often take financial information where available. place offsite, on neutral ground. If you are able to reference the company’s position in the marketplace, Check you know exactly where you demonstrate it. Reading beyond the need to be on the day. Assessment literature on the website shows you days are run to tight timetables and have gone the extra mile to inform being late will not create a good yourself about the organisation and impression. have used your initiative. When you are introduced to all the Try to establish the culture and values assessors at the beginning of the day, of the organisation. If they are not focus on the people you would like to expressly outlined, they may be evident impress. There will be an opportunity in the tone and presentation of the later in the day for you to speak to company’s written material. Having them. They may not be interviewing an understanding of organisational or assessing you formally but during culture and values will suggest the kind breakout sessions all assessors will be of behaviours they are expecting. observing how you behave in more relaxed circumstances. Sometimes assessment days take place onsite which will help you to Be aware of those who are coordinating or running the 56 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • Assess GRADUATE JOBS becom ment centre popula ing an incre s are to recr r way for emasingly Smallw uit new staf ployers people ood, consul f. Emma Indepe services bu tant with get the ndent tells u sinesscentre most out of s how you c s... assess a ment n The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 57
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    • GRADUATE JOBSassessment days, even if they are Naturally there is an element offrom an external company. They are competition at assessment centres,observing you too and their feedback but remember that your co-will be significant. They will have participants may also be your futureopportunities to observe you during colleagues.the breaks so use this time to askpertinent questions and they will You may be asked to completeremember you. an action that might appear totally unrelated to the job. TheyAssessment days are all about are looking at how individualsobserving behaviour. Most graduates respond to unusual situationswill have limited technical experience and as goalposts often move infor the role so the focus is on how you the workplace, you may have toapproach the challenges and interact. demonstrate your agility and re-Employers also want to know why you prioritise tasks.have chosen to work for their particularcompany, so make sure you have given At the close of the day, make sureyourself time to think about this before you ask questions. All the assessorsattending. will be in the room so it’s the ideal opportunity to impress them.While capability will be assessedthrough your performance inpresentations or interviews, if you candraw from any work placements orinternships you may have experienced,it will help to set you apart on the day. Try to e the cult stablish values o ure and organis f the ation. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 59
    • BANKING & FINANCE INTERVIEW 1. A 2. 1 star degre 2. t e The worki is oft r n e esp e are o g at a n requ 3. e p ju ir It is cially portu nior le ed at in n a tha a highl emer ities to vel wit minim 4. n y g h u Sta in any comp ing ma work o out a d m, bu rt o e r v e t £29 ing sa ther s titive a kets s ersea gree. it is po ,0 lari u s 5. Alth 00. es c ector. nd pop ch as with t ssib le t oug an s ular Asia he g o hou h fin tart sec and loba 6. r tor, l Sur s a we ancial from £15 t with he Mid firms, pris ek! rew ,000 mor dl 7. jobs . ingl y th ard s ar with e ap e East The eC e gr the plic . r ity o eat ant Bris e are g f Lo , ba ave rag s 8. t r ndo nke e ar Man ol, Bel owing n on rs c oun y em fast fina ly a an w d and ploy and ncia cco ork 9. t unt ove It w hose f ers n Edinbu l areas s fo r 10 as o rom ow rgh in c r 1/ 010. dow n ne o eth have . itie 3 of indu n s su Mos turn. f the m ic min divers ch a stry t la ost orit ity i sM sch r stro ie nit eme ge ban ngly s to ap iatives anc hes s, w ks r hit ply. to e ter, ith un p sec nco aro und restig tors by t ura ge f 190 ious he e ema app and con les lica com omi nts p c per etitiv vac e gr anc adu y. ate 60 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
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    • GRADUATEINTERVIEWJOBSbuilt his own. He blogged about thisand shared guitar articles on Twitterand Facebook. When he applied for avery competitive internship, the decisionmaker was also a guitar enthusiast.Seeing this young man’s passion forguitars, the decision maker paid specialattention to him, and he ultimately gotthe job. “Your goal is that by the time you sit downat an interview, the interviewer will sayto you, “Wow. I feel like I already knowyou”. Wow ady k “ l ke . I feel niowHow can you keep certain things away I alrefrom the eyes of employers? youOK, if by certain things you meanpersonal information, then you areprobably referring to Facebook. After Joshua Waldman, author of Joball, LinkedIn doesn’t leave a lot of room Searching with Social Media Forfor the disclosure of inappropriate Dummies, is recognized as one ofinformation. And Twitter is so cluttered the nations top authorities in Socialthat saying something stupid would Media Career Advancement. Todisappear in a sea of other nonsense. So learn Joshua’s secret strategies forwe are left with Facebook. shortening the job search and gettingFacebook has very robust privacy the right job right away, watch hissettings. The problem is most people exclusive video training here: http://haven’t bothered to take a few minutes to careerenlightenment.com/trainingunderstand them. You can set any post,photo or piece of personal information toany level of privacy you choose. I suggestjob seekers make their religion andpolitical views Friends Only or MyselfOnly. Then take a close look at yourphoto collection setting each one to theappropriate level of privacy. 64 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • GRADUATE INTERVIEWJOBS How to get a job withsocial media W MUCHBE H ONEST. HO PEND ON O YOU S TWITTER?TIME D K AND FACEBOO ISN’T IT? IS THE IT’S A LOT ALL DAY’? ANSWER ‘ Have you Increasingly social media is considered that becoming a powerful tool in getting social media a job. But how exactly do you utilise could be a tool the power of social media to get for much more ahead of the job hunting pack? than discussing what you did last We asked Joshua Waldman, night? author of Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies for the lowdown on how to get a job using social media. 62 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • GRADUATE JOBSWhat are the best social media activities. Although, I do recommendplatforms for job hunting? writing about your job search in aIf you ask recruiters, the answer would general way.be LinkedIn. Recruiters love largedatabases with resumes, especially if Remember that each of the big threethey are virtually free. They will plug networks, Facebook, Twitter andaway with keyword searches all day to fill LinkedIn have different expectationsopen jobs. So if you are in the job market, about behaviour. For example, it’s ok toyou can drastically increase your chances be really personal and fun on Twitter,of getting that random, unexpected but not on LinkedIn. The best thing to dophone call from a recruiter. is watch the network for a while and see what other people are doing.If you ask job seekers, they’re more likelyto tell you that Facebook is more useful. How can you use social media to makeReferrals in to companies has always you stand out?been the key way people find work, A CV doesn’t allow a whole lot of roomyes, even before social media. Because to stand out. That’s why social mediaFacebook networks usually consist of is so great for job seekers. I think mosttrusted friends and close family, this is hiring decisions are not made abouta network more likely to refer you into qualifications, they are made aboutjobs. fit and personality. Since your CV has no personality, most people wait untilWhat activity on social media might the interview to, well, be a person.stop you getting a job? With social you can share things aboutApart from the obvious ones, like not yourself early on. For example, I had abeing an ass or posting party pictures, client who’s son loved guitars. He eventhere are some confidentiality issues tobe mindful of. There is the case of thecandidate who tweeted about her jobinterview with Cisco. The tweet wasabout her salary and her experience inthe interview.She was immediately disqualified on thegrounds of violating Cisco’s social mediapolicy. It’s a good rule of thumb to notmention specifics about your job search The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 63
    • GRADUATEINTERVIEWJOBSbuilt his own. He blogged about thisand shared guitar articles on Twitterand Facebook. When he applied for avery competitive internship, the decisionmaker was also a guitar enthusiast.Seeing this young man’s passion forguitars, the decision maker paid specialattention to him, and he ultimately gotthe job. “Your goal is that by the time you sit downat an interview, the interviewer will sayto you, “Wow. I feel like I already knowyou”. Wow ady k “ l ke . I feel niowHow can you keep certain things away I alrefrom the eyes of employers? youOK, if by certain things you meanpersonal information, then you areprobably referring to Facebook. After Joshua Waldman, author of Joball, LinkedIn doesn’t leave a lot of room Searching with Social Media Forfor the disclosure of inappropriate Dummies, is recognized as one ofinformation. And Twitter is so cluttered the nations top authorities in Socialthat saying something stupid would Media Career Advancement. Todisappear in a sea of other nonsense. So learn Joshua’s secret strategies forwe are left with Facebook. shortening the job search and gettingFacebook has very robust privacy the right job right away, watch hissettings. The problem is most people exclusive video training below:haven’t bothered to take a few minutes tounderstand them. You can set any post,photo or piece of personal information toany level of privacy you choose. I suggestjob seekers make their religion andpolitical views Friends Only or MyselfOnly. Then take a close look at yourphoto collection setting each one to theappropriate level of privacy. 64 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • GRADUATE JOBSFinally, make sure that the people in and how you can help them with thoseyour network are in the right category needs. Now you are ready to contact aof friend. There are three categories, decision maker because your messageAcquaintances Close Friends and will be clear and will show them you areRestricted. Anyone in the Restricted serious.list will only be able to see items set toPublic. Do you have any other advice/tips? Yes. It’s so easy to fill out the blankWhat benefits do the different plat- boxes in profiles. But before you do,forms have in job hunting? take some time to think about yourThere are two main strategies for using personal brand...how you want to besocial media in the job search, an active perceived. By knowing your values, yourstrategy and a passive strategy. The skills and how you solve their problems,passive strategy is simple, make a really your profiles will be more consistentnice profile, and wait for a phone call. and compelling. So position yourselfThe active strategy is when you use first, then polish off those profiles. Thenyour profile to increase your ability to you are ready to network!network with new people. So the realbenefit is networking. Using Facebook, Do you have any good examples ofLinkedIn and Twitter to talk to people how social media has been used to getabout your industry, ask for info a job?interviews, engage in discussions. Pretty There are so many to choose from, butsoon, you’ve expanded your network. my favourite was a guest writer calledShould you directly message employers Kathy. She knew the company shevia social media? wanted to work for. So she networkedYes. Absolutely. But only when you are within the organization. Usingprepared to show you’ve done some LinkedIn, she set up info interviewsresearch. If you message employers and with other employees. Used Twitter toyou look silly, you’ve ruined a chance stay in touch with them. And the onesto make a good first impression. So she got close to after a few months wereuse LinkedIn groups to find out what added to her Facebook network. Then,the company does, what issues they when a job opened up, she appliedare facing, who their competition is. using the traditional means. But thenYou can even run some information she called her network and told theminterviews inside the company to ask she had applied. They went to HR andquestions. You must know what the flagged Kathy’s CV, bringing her to theneeds are of your target organization top of the list. In 10 days, she was hired! The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 65
    • LAW LAW INTERVIEW 10 Things About 1. Barri ster, soli citor, and the three paralega main pro l are sector, w fessions 6. The s ith each in the alary for procedur having d a trainee es. ifferent e start from solicitor ntry £18,000. can 2. A law 7. On co degree is mpletion and cham not esse of the tw bers will ntial, som contract o year tr pay for y e firms salaries aining law conv ou to do £70,000. can rise ersion co a to over urse. 3. To be 8. Law i come eit s VERY c you need her a bar ompetitiv rister or absolute e, a 2.1 i to take a solicitor necessit s an either th postgrad y, unless e BPTC t uate cou experien your wor the LPC t o becom rse, ce is exc k o becom e a barri eptional. e a solic ster, or itor. 9. There 4. Fees are many for the L to work i different PC range n, but co areas of £12,500, from £6, mmercia law whereas 000 to most luc l law is th around £ BTPC fee rative. e 12,000 to s range f £17,000. rom 10. Large5. Most law firms large firm for stude offer vac s or cham nts, thes ation sch these fee bers will e too are emes s. pay for competit very ive. 66 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
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    • GRADUATE CASE STUDY A day in the life…9:30 am – I arrive in the office and check 1:30 pm – Anjali, an associate in themy emails and review my to do list for department, emails me asking if I canthe day. I am in the Financial Markets do some urgent research for her aboutLitigation department and share an when a principal would be liable for aoffice with my supervisor, Paul. Paul misrepresentation made by its agent.tells me that he has just received a letter Anjali has asked me to find the leadingfrom the lawyers of the defendant in cases on this issue and write a shortan insolvency case that we are working memo about them. I start by makingon. The letter contains an offer by the a visit to our legal library. I speak todefendant to settle our client’s claim Katherine, who works in the library,out of court. Paul talks me through the about what I’m looking for and she helpsimplications of this letter for our client. me to find key books on agency. I also use internet resources, such as Westlaw,10:00 am - I sit in on a call between Paul to search for cases.and our client to discuss the defendant’ssettlement offer in the letter. Afterwards 3:00 pm – I have found the cases thatI write up the notes that I took during I need and start to draft a short memo,the call so that we have a record of what summarising them. I include a shortwas agreed on file. Paul then asks me to conclusion as to the circumstances whenwrite a first draft of a response letter to the principal would be liable.the defendant’s solicitors, setting out thepoints that we have just agreed with our 4:00 pm – I send my completed memoclient. to Anjali and I go downstairs for a coffee break with a couple of the trainees who1:00 pm – I hand Paul a copy of the are also in the litigation department.response letter that I have drafted. I headdown to lunch at Ampersands, our staff 4:30 pm – The insolvency case that Icanteen - it’s a great way to catch up with am working on with Paul has a casethe other trainees. We all went to BPP management hearing with the judgeLaw School together for the LPC, so we scheduled for the end of the week. Thisall know each other really well by now. is where we agree with the judge on the 68 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • GRADUATE CASE STUDY Jessica Blomfield, 4th seat trainee, Simmons & Simmons LLP Departments to date: Banking, client secondment to Barclays Capital, Financial Services, Financial Markets Litigation University: Warwick Degree and class: History, 1sttimetable and practical issues of running 6:00 pm – I collect the documents whichthe case. I need to prepare bundles of all are now ready from Print Room andthe relevant documents to send to the prepare each of the bundles. I put themcourt, our barrister and the defendants. into folders and arrange for two copiesI draft an index and covering letters to be couriered to our barrister and thebefore sending all of the documents to defendant. I will take the bundle for theour in-house printing service. judge to be filed at court when it opens tomorrow morning.5:00 pm – Paul talks me through theamendments that he has made to the 7:00 pm – I have managed to finishresponse letter that I drafted for him everything I needed to today, so Iearlier and explains the changes that finalise my timers, log off and headhe has made, which is really helpful. I down to the bar below our offices tomake the amendments he has requested meet some of the other trainees for aand then email the letter to our client for quick drink.their review. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 69
    • INTERNSHIPINTERVIEWWhy take aninternship? by Jay Crush At University of BristolW hether you’re a fresher or internship with is likely to act in your are about to graduate an favour. But don’t despair if you don’t internship is an absolute come out of an internship holding an necessity for successful employment contract! There are othercareer prospects. long lasting benefits.The first and, perhaps most obvious, You will gain vital skills and experience.benefit is an internship’s CV- This experience will come in handyboosting abilities. Employers seeing during an interview, giving you muchan internship stint on your CV will more to talk about and impressiveundoubtedly view you in a more examples to draw upon to dazzlepositive light. the interviewer with your industry knowledge.An internship on a CV indicates to anemployer that you are driven, hard- In interviews applicants are often askedworking and passionate about the sector for specific examples of team work,or area. However, putting it on your interpersonal skills, time managementCV is merely the tip of the job-seeking and positions of responsibility, all oficeberg, there are many other important which can be developed in an internship.reasons why you should do one. The best thing I found from my internships is that I actually gained theIt’s not uncommon for internships to skills I would talk about in an interview;lead directly to employment with that it was very satisfying and rewardingcompany, and applying for a full time realising I came out of the internship farjob at the business you did a successful more skilled than I went in. 70 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • INTERNSHIPIn an increasin gly competitive djob mar ket full of more an u need more tale nted students yo out something t o help you stand hip from the crow d, and an interns can be that ‘something’. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 71
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    • “ INTERNSHIPYou will also meet many new people, An internship ongiving you potentially useful contacts.These new contacts could one day a CV indicates toprovide you a glowing reference or an employer thatrecommend you to someone for a job. you are driven,Don’t forget how important fellowinterns are as well, they are likely toshare your interests and be in a similarposition to you and so can be usefulfriends to have! hard-working and passionate about the sector or area. “An internship will let you see what theindustry or sector is really like, there isonly so much you can learn about a jobfrom reading a book about it. You will geta first hand insight into what working lifeis really like in your desired job, nothingcan top that! You may even find youhate the job, and that’s good, at least youfound out early and perhaps that coulddirect you to what you’re most suited for. Internships are an effective step up the career ladder. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 73
    • GAP YEARSINTERVIEWMy working gap year success ELL, THEYIS TAKING A GAP-YEA R A WORTHWHILE VENTURE? WCAN BE DAYS. THEYDON’T H AVE TO BE JUST GLORIFIED HOLI ENT. PMESSEN TIAL TO YOUR CAREER DEVELO Just ask sailor and broadcaster Hannah White.A t the age of 15 Hannah had her in local schools and doing delivery jobs, first ever experience of sailing all the while not forgetting the reason she when on holiday with her best was out there. friend. By the age of 19 she wasskippering her own fully-sponsored boat There was a race team in the townat Cowes Week and by 26 she had not Hannah was staying in and she “hungonly sailed across the Atlantic single- around and annoyed them” until theyhandedly but also came second in her offered her a job. She realised thatclass in this race. And how did Hannah “perseverance is key in those situations,make this happen? With a gap year. it’s about starting at the bottom and working your way up; not thinking thatAfter her A Levels Hannah decided to anything’s too much for you or abovetravel to Australia to complete her Yacht you”. Hannah says getting a job on theMaster’s qualifications. Her main reason race boat “was a big turning point for me,for doing this was “so at least I could both financially out in Australia and inteach sailing during my summer holidays terms of realising what I could achieve inwhen I was at university”. Inspired by the sailing industry”. This played a greatEllen MacArthur’s achievements at that part in helping her get where she is now.time she thought “maybe I could dothat”. Having completed her sailing goals in the OSTAR (Original Single-HandedLucky enough to have her course funded Transatlantic Race) in 2009, sheby her parents, Hannah still had to work decided to pursue her childhood dream:hard on her gap year to make ends meet, “broadcasting was always somethingwhile making it truly worthwhile. “I I wanted to do before I started sailing,worked all through the summer earning before I even knew sailing existed”.some money to take to Australia” but this Managing to successfully “combine mymoney ran out pretty quickly and she was love of sport and sailing with TV work”forced to find work. She started teaching she has landed herself the perfect career, 74 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 broadcasting for the Olympics this year.
    • GAP YEARSHannah has now launched her owncampaign to encourage 100,000 people Working abroad can help broaden yourin the UK to embark on their own horizons and offer many opportunitieschallenges, “although obviously not on that will impress employers in the long-such a monstrous scale”. run.Keep track of her progress at For more about how her gap year helpedwongachallenge.com which goes live at her achieve her goals you can find her atthe end of September. @hannahwhiteuk. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 75
    • TEACHINGINTERVIEWSo you want to be a MAKE TEACHTEACHER? FIRST CHOICING YOUR THERE’S NEV E CAREER. A BETTER TI ER BEEN ME TO JOIN Here’s how to get started THE PROFES SION.T here is a comprehensive may have about teaching – for example, programme of support available how to deal with multiple priorities at from the Teaching Agency to once. Through Premier Plus, graduates help you, providing guidance can now talk to teachers on Facebookthroughout the application process. and read blogs by teachers at www.For the best chance of a successful education.gov.uk/teachsocial and youapplication, it’s important to have recent can register for the Teaching Agency’sexperience of being in a school. As part event programme at www.education.gov.of the Teaching Agency’s Premier Plus uk/teacheventsservice, candidates holding a first class or2:1 degree in some subjects can receive From this Autumn, anyone who wantshelp in securing school experience, to train to become a teacher will needincluding a placement on one of our to take and pass new literacy andprogrammes, if there is availability in numeracy tests. The Teaching Agencytheir subject in the local area. You can offers practice material so that youregister for the programme at can brush up on your skills at www.www.education.gov.uk/get-into- education.gov.uk/schools/careers/teaching/school-experience/sep/about. traininganddevelopment/professional/aspx b00211208/literacy/practice http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/It will also be helpful to speak to teachers careers/traininganddevelopment/in order to gain a wider perspective and professional/b00211213/numeracy/obtain answers to any questions you practice 76 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • TEACHINGTeaching is increasingly a careerfor the most able graduates. Theprofession offers unique rewardsand challenges. If you are ambitiousand want to progress in your career,then teaching is the profession foryou. Starting salaries in teaching arehigh compared to average startingsalaries and teachers are twice aslikely to be in a management positionas graduates in other careers after3.5 years in the job. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 77
    • TEACHINGINTERVIEW “ Speak to teachers in order to gain a wider perspective and obtain answers “ to any questions you may have about teaching 78 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • TEACHINGPaths into teaching From this Autumn, there will be a newNowadays, there are many training school-based route – School Directoptions open to people. Full- and part- – where trainees work at a schooltime courses are available. while they train, sometimes as a paid employee, and can expect a job with aIf you already have a degree, consider local school when they complete theira postgraduate certificate in education training. School Direct schools are(PGCE). A PGCE course mainly focuses amongst the best in the country andon developing your teaching skills, rather will be working in partnership withthan the subject you intend to teach. accredited teachers training institutions, mainly universities.If you do not currently have anundergraduate degree, you can complete Schools need highly motivateda Bachelor of Education (BEd) or individuals who wish to learn andBachelor of Arts (BA)/Bachelor of develop new skills. If you are a topScience (BSc) with qualified teacher graduate, you may be eligible for tax-status (QTS) course. These courses free bursaries of up to £20,000 whileenable you to study for a degree you train and scholarships. Experiencedand complete your initial teacher primary and secondary teachers,training (ITT) at the same time. Both achieving the appropriate standards, canpostgraduate and undergraduate courses earn up to £64,000 (in London) and upare available at universities and colleges to £56,000 (in other parts of the U.K.).throughout the UK. If you think you’ve got what it takesIf you’d like your initial teacher training to become a teacher, register with(ITT) to include more time training the Teaching Agency to receive morein the classroom, putting theory into information and advice. You canpractice and gaining confidence through find us at: www.education.gov.uk/increased contact with the school getintoteaching or call the Teaching Lineenvironment, then school-based training on: 0800 389 2500.may be a good option for you. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 79
    • RECRUITMENT10 Things AboutRecru itment Consultancy 1. In these times of higher unemployment, the recruitment sector is more important than ever placing the right person with the right job. 2. Furthermore with more high quality graduates on the market, the demand for talented and ambitious or driven recruitment consultants has never been higher. 3. The average salary in the sector for a consultant is £23,752 and £30,794 for managers. 4. However bonuses and commission payments can add up to £10,000 to these basic salaries. 5. There is high job satisfaction in the sector, lying at 78%. 6. Opportunities in recruitment can be found in the private, public and voluntary sectors. 7. Specific internships are not very common in this sector, but work experience in any customer-facing setting will be valuable. 8. Relevant postgraduate courses are available, but is not essential for entry into the sector. Recruitment agencies offer training and development programmes to help career progression. 9. Since the UK is renowned internationally for its expertise in recruitment, there are many opportunities to work in overseas offices. 10. The sector is facing rapid change with the growth of social media and other technologies 80 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • RECRUITMENT GRADUATE JOBSFIND OUT MORE ABOUT RECRUITMENT SECTOR The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 81
    • THE POWER OF HAYS THE RIGHT JOB CAN TRANSFORM A PERSON’S LIFE. THE RIGHT PERSON CAN TRANSFORM A BUSINESS. THIS IS THE MAGIC OF RECRUITING.82 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • TAKE THE HAYS CHALLENGEDO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?TAKE THE CHALLENGEINTERESTED IN JOINING HAYS?Want to see if you have what it takes to power the world of work?Our on-going success is founded on one thing: our people. Are you in-terested in finding out more and experience what it is like to be an expertrecruitment consultant?TAKE THE HAYS CHALLENGEWHERE WE COULD TAKE YOUCAREER NAVIGATORWhere could a career at Hays take you? Our Career Navigator gives you anin depth understanding of the wealth of opportunities in the UK and beyondthat are yours if you embark on in a career with Hays. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 83
    • JOINHAYSJOIN HAYS YOUR CAREER WITH HAYS JOIN THE RECRUITING ExpERTS As global experts in recruiting professional, qualified and skilled people, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals to help us power the world of work. We hire into graduate Recruitment Consultant roles and also one year placement roles at locations across our UK business. Join us and we will invest in developing you into a recruiting expert through a first class learning and development programme designed to develop your skills and knowledge. We will give you every opportunity to reach your potential in learning to transform lives and businesses. You will be working with, and learning from some of the most experienced people in the industry. To find out if you have what it takes for a career in recruitment why not take the Hays Challenge online at hays-careers.com To apply for our 2013 graduate and placement roles visit hays.co.uk/work-with-us or for more information contact our Hays Talent team at student.placement@hays.com84 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 hays.co.uk/work-with-us
    • WORKING WITH HAYSAfter graduating from University of the West of England, Bristol with adegree in computing, Mike Baker joined Hays as a recruitmentconsultant within Hays Accountancy & Finance division.I wanted a job which would be challenging and rewarding after I graduated. I applied toHays because it is an internationally recognised organisation with a great reputation. Aftermy interview and meeting the different departments I thought it would be a great environ-ment to work in – I wasn’t wrong. I get exposure to many different businesses and indus-tries as well as senior management. I’ve been here for nearly a year and everyone is veryfriendly, outgoing and helpful, making it a great place to work.I like to keep my day very structured as this allows me to achieve all the targets I am set. Ifocus on my clients and candidates, trying to meet as many of them as possible to ensurethat I’m at the top of their list in case they have a role to fill or are looking for a new job.There are plenty of career development opportunities in Hays because in a sense I’m run-ning my own business. I’m allowed to make the role what I want it to be and the more I putin the more I get out. This brings with it not only financial rewards but also the opportunityfor professional development too, progressing to managing teams if I wish to do so.I would really like to continue to build on my experience and Hays is very supportive inhelping me get the skills and knowledge to achieve this goal. The incentives are very clearand achievable and the staff socials are great! As an employer I think that Hays is great,they look after and support their staff. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 85For more information please visit hays.co.uk/work-with-us
    • RECRUITMENTRecruitment consultancy g to aduate job? If you’re strugglin andDesperately looking for that gr turn your job-hunt on its headmake a breakthrough, why not er in recruitment consultancy?become the hunter with a care R ecruitment consultants are experts in matching their client companies with the perfectly- matched jobseeker. They work with both large and small organisations to fill their recruitment needs in a number of ways, whether this is writing and distributing adverts, networking or even headhunting. The recruitment consultant job is very heavily sales-based, so your main role will be bringing in commission by fulfilling your clients’ requirements, although you will also be doing lots of customer service work, such as meetings to discuss requirements and prepping potential candidates for tough interviews. While the recruitment industry has suffered from the recession like all sectors, there have been encouraging signs over the last couple of years that the industry is rebounding. The recession has meant that recruitment in some sectors has stagnated, but other sectors are growing, such as larger engineering businesses. 86 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • RECRUITMENT GRADUATE JOBS“Recruitment consultancy has really undercover and headhunting suitablegrown in the UK in the last few years. candidates already in work. If you get aIt used to just be about getting people successful match, you could be briefingback into work, but companies are a lot a candidate about their roles andmore proactive about recruitment now, responsibilities, salaries and benefits orso it’s really like a matchmaking service,” helping them with interview preparation,says recruitment consultant David or even offering advice on pay rates,Bainbridge. training and career progression. A good recruitment consultant isn’t just a“My favourite thing about the job is career matchmaker – they are a trustedwhen it all clicks together. You find a adviser who forges a relationship with agreat candidate that matches the job company and can help with all aspects ofprofile, the interview goes great and human resources.they get the job they’ve always wanted.However, it’s important to remember One of the main attractions of a careerthat recruitment consultancy is a sales in recruitment is the variety of skills yourole, so there is pressure and the culture will need. This is a challenging role thatis commercially driven,” he adds. combines sales, problem solving and most importantly, people skills. BuildingA typical day relationships with clients and winningSo what does a brand new recruitment new business is vital.consultant actually do? Your day will be “People think that the recruitmentdivided up into a number of activities industry is boring and that you spendall based around making yourself some all day on the phone. While there is anmoney. You will be contacting your element of that, each day brings newclients to find out about their work challenges. If you are good with peopleculture, industry and how they operate. and like finding out what makes themYou’ll be writing and placing adverts tick, this is a great job,” says David.in appropriate magazines, websitesand newspapers. Increasingly, you’ll beusing social media to get the word out • The UK recruitment industry is the largest inabout the roles on offer and building Europe, worth an estimated £24billionrelationships with clients and customers. • A trainee recruitment consultant’s basic salaryAnd that’s just the morning. starts at £15,000-£20,000, but bonuses forIn the afternoon, you could be going hitting your targets can be uncapped • Almost 100,000 people already work in the sector The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 87
    • CONSULTANCY gs About Consultancy 10 Thin1. The UK’s consultancy sector is worth around £8.5 billion.2. More than 80,000 are employed in the sector.3. Consultancy firms provide services such as management strategies, implementing IT changes and training staff.4. Starting salaries range from £25,000 to over £35,000 which can rise to around £50,000 after the training period.5. Career and salary progression is good, with partners and directors earning over £200,0006. Most companies are based in London and the South East, but the North East is becoming more popular, and many firms have overseas offices.7. Commercial awareness and understanding of the business environment is crucial to getting a job in consultancy.8. Most firms have graduate entry schemes which close in November each year; competition is extremely tough.9. Consultancy tends to thrive when the economy does, so it has been affected by the recession. But there is still demand for restructuring/creating growth strategies.10. Consultancies which focus on the public sector are in particularly high demand right now. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT 88 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 CONSULTANCY
    • With CHP you will become a technicalspecialist, an asset finance expert and atop-quality consultant. We will train you sothat you’re able to work on any part of ourbusiness change projects, building andimplementing our industry-leading software.CHP is established in the UK, US, Asia-Pacificand throughout Europe. You will be basedin our London City office and go on to workin a variety of roles on projects with someof the world’s leading leasing and assetfinance companies.We believe our people to be our most powerfulasset and therefore we only recruit the best. Youwill have an outstanding academic backgroundincluding a 2:1 degree or better and a minimumof 320 UCAS points. You will be curious, havea logical mind, and be confident, ambitious andready for a challenge.The application process is easy, comprising onlyan interview by telephone and two face-to-face.Starting salary is £35k and you will join one ofour graduate intakes throughout the year.Find out more about opportunities withCHP Consulting at www.chp.co.uk/careers The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 89
    • GRADUATE CASE STUDYGeorgina by Jay Crush At University of Bristol sultant in Risk Con Deliotte Consulting @ Georgina is a Consultant in our am Risk Co nsulting, Testing te d e based in London. She join11 te in September 20sters What do you like most about your role? Testing projects offer a huge cross Deloit industry variety so that on any given after completing her MaKing’s t odern Literature a day I could be working for major banks or insurers, public sector companies or in M College London. government departments, healthcare specialists or anything in between. Such diversity really appealed to me. What I like about Testing is that it allows you to be the link between What didn’t you know, but wish you IT developments and business needs. had known when applying and joining You have to understand what is being Deloitte? developed, but also the requirements Whilst applying I was mindful of the behind it. Why does the business need minimal experience within a technology this system? How will it be used? based role. With hindsight I have realised that as long as you have a These are the sorts of problems I really genuine interest in technology combined enjoy solving. Additionally the people with an enthusiasm to learn, Deloitte will and the graduate community have been support you to develop all the required a very positive aspect of my role. I have skills. I never feel disadvantaged coming met some great people at Deloitte. from an Arts background. 90 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • GRADUATE CASE STUDYWhat qualifications are you workingtowards and what support are yougetting? what client I am working with and whatAs part of the graduate scheme we sort of project we are undertaking.have undertaken six ISEB exams in One of my favourite aspects of the job “total, spanning the entire software is the variety of roles and tasks I havedevelopment lifecycle. At the end of undertaken in just a short period of eightthis training I had qualified for two months, from designing and developinginternationally recognised ISEB business test plans, implementing testing ordiplomas. We have also received reviewing the success of a testing project.additional training on consultancy skills,Microsoft office and key tools utilised The ne In my first week I was involved in severalwithin the industry.What work do you get involved in on aday to day basis at Deloitte?My day to day role depends hugely on Ameri w face o ca f “ quite high profile client interviews! It was very scary, but an amazing opportunity. Whilst not working on specific projects I have undertaken a wide range of interesting jobs such as developing The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 91
    • GRADUATE JOBS “ Divers comp ity benefi numb anies in a ts - expa er of ways emplo nding intelle yees’ horizo ctual greate ns, enabli range r ng a to be h of viewpo eard. ints “The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 95
    • Insight into the fitnessindustryThe fitness industry has remained in a There are great career opportunities forperiod of growth in spite of the economic qualified personal trainers both in termsclimate and this has been greatly helped of getting their first position workingby consumer trends for fighting obesity in a club and developing their careersand improving health. It’s fair to say further. The public are now far morethat as a nation we are now more health aware of different training methods andconscious and understand the need for also the importance of the link to goodregular exercise and the associated long nutrition.term benefits. As the fitness industry hasdeveloped a number of alternatives have There have been major advances inemerged such as running clubs and boot functional training with an increasedcamps that have given the public more emphasis on sports specific exercise andchoice when it comes to exercise. improving strength and conditioning for specific goals. Continual ProfessionalWe expect that, following London Development (CPD) courses allow2012, many sports clubs will increase industry professionals to specialise intheir numbers with particular interest these areas, thus helping them becomein sports that we excelled in such as more in tune with the demands of theircycling, rowing and triathlon. London client base.2012 will undoubtedly have an effect onthe nation’s fitness drive and increaseparticipation in sporting activities as wellas gym memberships and the demandfor personal trainers.Most of the large employers, the leadinghealth and fitness clubs, are still short ofkey employees, such as Level 3 qualifiedpersonal trainers, and, based on theabove, this demand is still growing. 92 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • “It’s fair to say that as a nationwe are now more healthconscious and understand “the need for regular exerciseand the associated long termbenefits.The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 93
    • GRADUATEINTERVIEWJOBSDiversityin the WorkplaceA few years ago, Time magazine diversity in the work place shows that published and image of what employers and CEOs are committed to seemed to be an ethic woman recognising, appreciating and retaining on the front page of their iconic the variety of characteristics that makemagazine. The caption underneath the individuals unique, in an atmosphereimage read: ‘The new face of America’. that champions individual and collectiveIt was difficult for most to tell the ethnic achievement.origin of the female on the cover. Shecould have easily been a descendant of Still our knowledge of the subjectany race. Time later revealed that the is broad. When most people thinkfemale was a ‘cybernetic crossbreed’ that about diversity in general, the mainthey created on a computer by morphing connotations that they associate thethe images of men and women from word with is race, age, and sex, butdifferent ethnic backgrounds together. diversity entails much more than that. Diversity includes: height, weight,What this memorable cover managed to eye colour, hair colour - basically anydo was convey just how integral diversity physical difference. It also applies tois in our society. It is the valuing of personality, beliefs, cultural background,people as unique individuals, employees, and sexual orientation.customers and clients. Many industry sectors have beenDiversity benefits companies in a working heavily to increase diversitynumber of ways - expanding employees’ in areas where they are perceived to beintellectual horizons, enabling a greater lacking for example the engineering andrange of viewpoints to be heard, and I.T. sectors drive to encourage womenensuring companies remain truly global to work in it. Other examples are theplayers in the market. The inclusion of banking sectors drive for more staff 94 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • GRADUATE JOBS “ The ne Ameri w face o ca f “The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 95
    • BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTANCY SECTOR A - ZAre you an enthusiastic leader who enjoys giving Its a varied job that requires confidence andadvice and solving problems? Do you pride tenacity, and can also be very rewarding bothyourself on your research and analysis skills? professionally and financially — pay will varyIf so, then a career in business management or between £21,000 and £78,000, depending on yourconsultancy could be for you. level.The sector provides expert advice to businesses. Management consultants spend most of their timeConsultants are tasked with analysing the working in clients office during normal office hours,business strategy and structure, looking at but it is not uncommon for consultants to workhow the organisation operates and offering long hours. Depending on the client, consultantsrecommendations for improvement. may work alone or in a large team and could beOrganisations will sometimes call in business based on multiple sites. A career in this sector canconsultants to provide resources and manage and be very rewarding but it involves a high level ofadvise on projects such as company restructuring. responsibility.BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTANCYRECRUITERS CHP Consulting visit profile >Accenture visit profile >BDO visit profile >Business Monitor International visit profile >Centrica visit profile >Deloitte visit profile >Ernst & Young visit profile >Foreign and Commonwealth Office visit profile >IBM visit profile >JPA visit profile >KPMG visit profile >Logica visit profile >Mouchel Parkman visit profile >PA Consulting visit profile >PwC visit profile >Reckitt Benckiser visit profile >Schneider Trading Associates visit profile >Xchanging visit profile >
    • GRADUATEINTERVIEWJOBS 96 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • GRADUATE JOBSfrom ethnic minorities and governments Dealing with Discriminationinitiatives to hire more people from the Discrimination in the workplace can beLGBT communities. distressing and lead to stress and otherOf course any discrimination is against types of mental illnesses like depressionthe law. and insomnia. Those who become victims of any kind of discrimination doEquality and Human Rights Commission not have to suffer in silence. According(EHRC) to the direct.gov.uk website, these are theThe EHRC is a non-departmental steps to follow:public body in Great Britain that was • complain directly to the person orestablished by the Equality Act of 2006 organisationand came into being on 1 October 2007. • use someone else to help you sort it out (alternative dispute resolution),Their purpose is to ‘promote and such as the EHRCmonitor human rights; and to protect, • make a claim in courtenforce and promote equality acrossthe nine “protected” grounds - age,disability, gender, race, religion andbelief, pregnancy and maternity,marriage and civil partnership, sexual You can email Helpline England atorientation and gender reassignment.’ info@equalityhumanrights.com for advice and support relating to anyEmployees are protected under the issues surrounding diversity.Equality Act 2010, which came intoeffect in October 2010. The Act offers There are a number of escape routesa modern, single legal framework with open to anyone who believes theyclear, streamlined law to more effectively have been the victim of discrimination.tackle disadvantage and discrimination. Employers are legally required to fulfilAccording to Trevor Phillips, Chair, their obligations regarding diversity,EHRC: “The Equality Act of 2010 is the and bodies such as the EHRC are therenext generation of equality law. It is the for when companies fail in this regard.result of literally years of thought and Diversity in the workplace is beneficialdebate about how best to build on the to all and if you feel you’ve beenanti-discrimination law of the past.” mistreated, follow the above steps to take action and prevent discriminative behaviour. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 97
    • BUSINESSINTERVIEWInsight:Starting your ownbusinessTNS spoke to American-born entrepreneur JulieMeyer, founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital aboutsetting up a business and making the most of it.J ulie Meyer MBE knows a thing or we were born in sub-Saharan Africa or two about starting a business. She some other part of the world, it would is the founder and CEO of Ariadne not be so easy. If life were a video game, Capital investment firm and is a to be born in America or the UK is theregular columnist for City AM and the lowest level of difficulty.Daily Telegraph. On top of this she haswon numerous awards in the business These young people in the US and thesector including the Ernst & Young En- UK are looking at the world in a glass-trepreneur of the Year and a place in the half-full kind of way and figuring outWall Street Journal’s 30 most influential what they can contribute to the world.women in Europe. The people who are positive and optimis-How easy is it for a young person to tic, no matter what strata of society theytry and set up a business in the UK or come from, are the people who succeed.America? It’s so much easier for us than in the rest I’m a big fan of your country and I think of the world. That’s the kind of context Ithat if you grow up in the UK or the US think in.you are extremely lucky. Let’s face it, if 98 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • BUSINESSNot so keen onworking for somebodyelse? Have you gota great idea andan entrepreneurialspirit? If so, they youmight be consideringstarting your ownbusiness afteruniversity. The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 99
    • SECTOR A - Z ACCOUNTANCY & FINANCEAccountants help investors, managers, tax Choosing a graduate career in accountancy canauthorities, private individuals, businesses and help broaden your long-term career prospects andmany others to manage their finances. You will be enable you to work in different industries. Startinghelping them to keep track of their monthly income salaries vary hugely depending on your location,and outgoings, as well as bookkeeping, auditing the size of the firm youre working in and the sectorand deciding what expenditures they can afford — — so anything between £15,000 and £25,000.and what they cant. A flair for maths is the most Salaries at senior level could be in excess ofobvious skill needed for accountancy, as well as £100,000.strong organisational skills. Accountants meet and work with a wide range of people, and enjoy a certain level of independence in the workplace. There is also the opportunity to work for yourself.ACCOUNTANCY & FINANCE RECRUITERSAudit Commission visit profile >Mercer visit profile >Office for National Statistics visit profile >BloombergAB Agri LTDBarclaysDeloitteKPMGRothschildAon
    • SECTOR A - Z ACCOUNTANCY & FINANCEAccountants help investors, managers, tax Choosing a graduate career in accountancy canauthorities, private individuals, businesses and help broaden your long-term career prospects andmany others to manage their finances. You will be enable you to work in different industries. Startinghelping them to keep track of their monthly income salaries vary hugely depending on your location,and outgoings, as well as bookkeeping, auditing the size of the firm youre working in and the sectorand deciding what expenditures they can afford — — so anything between £15,000 and £25,000.and what they cant. A flare for maths is the most Salaries at senior level could be in excess ofobvious skill needed for accountancy, as well as £100,000.strong organisational skills. Accountants meet and work with a wide range of people, and enjoy a certain level of independence in the workplace. There is also the opportunity to work for yourself.ACCOUNTANCY & FINANCE RECRUITERSAudit Commission visit profile >Mercer visit profile >Office for National Statistics visit profile >BloombergAB Agri LTDBarclaysDeloitteKPMGRothschildAon
    • SECTOR A - Z BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND CIVIL ENGINEERINGConstruction: it isnt all bricklaying and mixing You can improve your chances of getting goodcement! work and better pay by taking a few extra examsThere are multiple roles for graduates in the and becoming chartered through a professionalconstruction industry — everything from planning organisation like the Chartered Institute ofpublic and private housing to infrastructure to Plumbing and Heating Engineering, the Institutionmanaging teams of people. of Civil Engineers, the Institution of StructuralAdded to the wide variety of roles available is the Engineers and the Royal Institute of Britishfact that the industry as a whole is on the lookout Architects.for young people — 40,000 need to be recruitedevery year, so there are clearly a large number ofopportunities available.BUILDING, CONSTRUCTIONAND CIVIL ENGINEERING RECRUITERSBabcock visit profile >Carillion PLC visit profile >Halcrow visit profile >Mouchel Parkman visit profile >Fluor LTDCountrywideKier GroupBalfour BeattyLaing ORourkeInstitution of Civil Engineers
    • BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTANCY SECTOR A - ZAre you an enthusiastic leader who enjoys giving Its a varied job that requires confidence andadvice and solving problems? Do you pride tenacity, and can also be very rewarding bothyourself on your research and analysis skills? professionally and financially — pay will varyIf so, then a career in business management or between £21,000 and £78,000, depending on yourconsultancy could be for you. level.The sector provides expert advice to businesses. Management consultants spend most of their timeConsultants are tasked with analysing the working in a clients office during normal officebusiness strategy and structure, looking at hours, but it is not uncommon for consultantshow the organisation operates and offering to work long hours. Depending on the client,recommendations for improvement. consultants may work alone or in a large team andOrganisations will sometimes call in business could be based on multiple sites. A career in thisconsultants to provide resources and manage and sector can be very rewarding but it involves a highadvise on projects such as company restructuring. level of responsibility.BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTANCYRECRUITERSAccenture visit profile >BDO visit profile >Business Monitor International visit profile >Centrica visit profile >CHP consulting visit profile >Deloitte visit profile >Ernst & Young visit profile >Foreign and Commonwealth Office visit profile >IBM visit profile >JPA visit profile >KPMG visit profile >Logica visit profile >Mouchel Parkman visit profile >PA Consulting visit profile >PwC visit profile >Reckitt Benckiser visit profile >Schneider Trading Associates visit profile >Xchanging visit profile >
    • BANKING SECTOR A - ZThere are many options available to you in this Banks and investment companies offer graduatefast-paced sector, from retail to investment schemes that will train you in different areas.banking - it is, despite the recession, a booming These often include fast-track routes into topindustry. positions and managerial roles, which can pay veryRetail bankers are responsible for both businesses well. The perks of working for a bank are plentifuland individuals; these are people who work in — money is the main reason graduates are drawn"high street" banks. Other employers include towards the sector, but the security of working forinternational banks, finance houses and corporate a large company and the opportunity for careeror commercial banking divisions. growth are strong incentives too.At the high-powered end of the industry is Another perk is that management positions areinvestment banking, which provides services from usually based in the financial districts of largeinvestment of surplus money to assisting with a cities — often very exciting and busy places to livemerger of businesses. and work.BANKING RECRUITERS Credit Suisse visit profile >Bank of England visit profile >Barclays Bank visit profile >Barclays Retail Banking visit profile >Capital One visit profile >Deutsche Bank visit profile >Goldman Sachs visit profile >HBOS visit profile >HSBC visit profile >JP Morgan visit profile >Lloyds Banking Group visit profile >Merrill Lynch visit profile >Morgan Stanley visit profile >Nationwide visit profile >RBS Group visit profile >Santander visit profile >Societe Generale visit profile >Standard Life visit profile >UBS visit profile >
    • SECTOR A - Z BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND CIVIL ENGINEERINGConstruction: it isnt all bricklaying and mixing You can improve your chances of getting goodcement! work and better pay by taking a few extra examsThere are multiple roles for graduates in the and becoming chartered through a professionalconstruction industry — everything from planning organisation like the Chartered Institute ofpublic and private housing to infrastructure to Plumbing and Heating Engineering, the Institutionmanaging teams of people. of Civil Engineers, the Institution of StructuralAdded to the wide variety of roles available is the Engineersand the Royal Institute of Britishfact that the industry as a whole is on the lookout Architects.for young people — 40,000 need to be recruitedevery year, so there are clearly a large number ofopportunities available.BUILDING, CONSTRUCTIONAND CIVIL ENGINEERING RECRUITERSBabcock visit profile >Carillion PLC visit profile >Halcrow visit profile >Mouchel Parkman visit profile >Fluor LTDCountrywideKier GroupBalfour BeattyLaing ORourkeInstitution of Civil Engineers
    • BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTANCY SECTOR A - ZAre you an enthusiastic leader who enjoys giving Its a varied job that requires confidence andadvice and solving problems? Do you pride tenacity, and can also be very rewarding bothyourself on your research and analysis skills? professionally and financially — pay will varyIf so, then a career in business management or between £21,000 and £78,000, depending on yourconsultancy could be for you. level.The sector provides expert advice to businesses. Management consultants spend most of their timeConsultants are tasked with analysing the working in clients office during normal office hours,business strategy and structure, looking at but it is not uncommon for consultants to workhow the organisation operates and offering long hours. Depending on the client, consultantsrecommendations for improvement. may work alone or in a large team and could beOrganisations will sometimes call in business based on multiple sites. A career in this sector canconsultants to provide resources and manage and be very rewarding but it involves a high level ofadvise on projects such as company restructuring. responsibility.BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTANCYRECRUITERSAccenture visit profile >BDO visit profile >Business Monitor International visit profile >Centrica visit profile >CHP consulting visit profile >Deloitte visit profile >Ernst & Young visit profile >Foreign and Commonwealth Office visit profile >IBM visit profile >JPA visit profile >KPMG visit profile >Logica visit profile >Mouchel Parkman visit profile >PA Consulting visit profile >PwC visit profile >Reckitt Benckiser visit profile >Schneider Trading Associates visit profile >Xchanging visit profile >
    • SECTOR A - Z CHARITIESIf a career dedicated to helping people and With 169,000 UK charities, theres no shortage ofimproving the lives of others appeals to you, then a employment opportunities - the sector employsjob in the charity sector could be very fulfilling. more than 600,000 workers and countless volunteers, with graduates making up more than aAs charities are non-profit organisations they have third. Have a passion for a cause? Youll fit right in.more autonomy than other organisations andlargely rely on the commitment and direction of As charities cover multiple purposes. If youretheir core workforce, giving employees a chance to interested in conservation, perhaps you would likereally get involved and make a positive difference. to work for The National Trust? If issues of poverty are close to your heart, maybe Oxfam? Charity workers are highly motivated by their cause and take pride in their work, so be prepared for stiff competition when applying for jobs.CHARITIES RECRUITERSBritish Red Cross visit profile >Oxfam visit profile >Wilf Ward Family Trust visit profile >Teach FirstUNICEFComic ReliefShelterSave the ChildrenMacmillan CancerShaw Trust
    • COMPUTING, IT AND SOFTWARE ENGINEERING SECTOR A - ZThere are 1.52 million people employed in the IT IT professionals can be found in every industry,and telecommunications industry in the UK — one and as a professional in this area you will be inin eight of those employed , together contributing high demand and will be paid well — how much is£71billion annually to the countrys economy. dependent on your particular job and location.Clearly, IT is essential — and so are those that When you start out, youre likely to be in awork within it. development or service provision role.IT affects everything, from our mobile phones and As you become more experienced you mayiPads to how systems work if were admitted to consider more strategic, management orhospital to the security of the country. consulting positions. You could work for a business in their IT department, or for an IT company, or for yourself — the choice is yours.COMPUTING, IT AND SOFTWAREENGINEERING RECRUITERSCHP Consulting visit profile >Accenture visit profile >BT visit profile >Camgemini visit profile >Centrica visit profile >Hewlett Packard visit profile >IBM visit profile >Microsoft visit profile >PA Consulting visit profile >Softcat visit profile >
    • SECTOR A - Z ENERGY AND UTILITIESWithout the energy and utilities industry everything As well as engineers and scientists, the sector alsowould grind to a halt, so those who work within it employs geologists, ecologists and a wide range ofare crucial. support staff including health and safety managers, business consultants, and IT and marketing staff.The industry employs more than half a millionpeople, in everything from water management and Working hours in the energy and utilities industrynuclear power to renewable energy. The sector is vary considerably. If youre based in an office orchanging fast - green technologies have created laboratory then youre likely to work 9-5 Mondaymany new jobs. to Friday. But technical workers in the field often14,000 jobs are expected to be created over the work irregular hours and are sometimes based innext decade. Many companies have graduate remote locations.recruitment schemes, and scientific andengineering expertise is in high demand.ENERGY AND UTILITIES RECRUITERS National Grid visit profile >BP visit profile >British Energy visit profile >E.ON UK visit profile >EDF Group visit profile >Sellafield visit profile >Shell visit profile >Westinghouse visit profile >PetrofacScottish PowerYorkshire Water
    • ENGINEERING SECTOR A - ZWould you like to play a part in solving some of Engineers are needed across virtually allthe most serious issues facing the modern world industries, including transport, construction, energy- including climate change, sustainability and and utilities - jobs are plentiful and you can choosepopulation growth? which industry most interests you. If you have a degree in a non-engineering subjectAcross all industries engineers drive technological but would like to pursue a career in the sector,advances to improve the way the world works. there are opportunities available in finance, IT, HR,Engineers help to reduce the strain on global sales, marketing and many more.resources by developing sustainable and Engineers work in different environments andrenewable energy and devising new ways to often move between offices and workshops,reduce emissions, in an effort to combat climate construction sites or factory floors, depending onchange. the type of engineering. Some engineers may work on international projects.ENGINEERING RECRUITERSAgustaWestland visit profile >Atkins Global visit profile >AWE visit profile >BAE Systems visit profile >British Nuclear Group visit profile >British Sugar visit profile >GE Aviation visit profile >Jaguar Land Rover visit profile >NATS visit profile >Royal Navy visit profile >Tata Steel visit profile >Thales Group visit profile >Toyota visit profile >
    • SECTOR A - Z HEALTH AND PHARMACEUTICALSThe health and pharmaceutical industry covers On the pharmaceutical side, there are severalsome of the most important jobs in our society. huge companies that employ tens of thousands ofGraduates working in this area are aiming people who also run annual graduate schemes.to provide medical care and support to our Working hours in the sector vary greatly dependingcommunity. on your job, but medical professionals can expect to work unsociable hours at times.Jobs range from obvious roles such as doctors,surgeons, dentists and pharmacists to more nicheprofessions like acupuncturists, homeopaths anddietitians. This is a highly-skilled sector where lotsof qualifications are often necessary to get into aparticular field.HEALTH AND PHARMACEUTICALS RECRUITERS Ashfield In2Focus visit profile > AstraZeneca visit profile > Bupa visit profile > Childrens Workforce Development Council visit profile > GlaxoSmithKline UK Limited visit profile > Merck Sharp and Dohme visit profile > NHS visit profile > Reckitt Benckiser visit profile > Synergy Health visit profile > Unilever visit profile >
    • INSURANCE AND PENSIONS SECTOR A - ZThere are a wide variety of careers available for Graduates working in insurance can choosegraduates in the pensions and insurance sector. between two key areas — insurance policy workGovernment changes to how pensions are or insurance sales. Policy work involves assessingadministered and the changing nature of insurance insurance claims and investigating complex ormeans that the number of jobs in the sector is set difficult claims. Insurance sales works in the sameto grow. way as most sales jobs, so you will work to a target amount of sales or commission and be rewarded accordingly. Careers in pensions can involve looking after the pension requirement of an individual, a group, or a company. Many graduates start out working for a bank or building society.INSURANCE AND PENSIONS RECRUITERSAXA Sunlife visit profile >Direct Line visit profile >AXAEndsleigh UKSwinton InsuranceCryer BakerAVIVAChurchill
    • SECTOR A - Z LEGALThe legal sector covers a range of services for There are two main branches a law studentcustomers and clients requiring legal assistance. can follow — becoming a solicitor or a barrister.The industry is one of the most competitive for Solicitors provide legal advice and legal servicesgraduate recruitment, and getting onto a graduate on a variety of areas, from dealing with a businesstrainee scheme with a major law firm is extremely dispute to helping with a large corporate merger.tough. Barristers present cases in a court of law on behalf of a solicitor and often specialise in a particular field, such as criminal, family or commercial.LEGAL RECRUITERSBaker and McKenzie visit profile >BPP Law School visit profile >Clifford Chance visit profile >DLA Piper visit profile >Eversheds visit profile >Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer visit profile >Linklaters visit profile >Norton Rose visit profile >Simmons & Simmons visit profile >Allen & OverySlaughter and MayIrwin Mitchell
    • MANUFACTURING AND PRODUCTION SECTOR A - ZIf you thought manufacturing was all about Britains modern hi-tech manufacturing industryproduction lines and repetitive actions, then think is known for its innovation and design andagain. The UKs manufacturing industry is the technological excellence. To maintain its quality,sixth largest in the world and employs more than the manufacturing industry needs graduate-two and a half million people in a variety of roles calibre employees and offers graduate recruitmentincluding design engineers, researchers and schemes designed to attract suitable candidates.marketing managers. Manufacturing jobs can bevery varied and the wages are comparable to retail Manufacturing covers such a wide range of areasand the creative industries. from garment production to pharmaceuticals, which means that graduates can choose the type of company that interests them the most and embark on a varied career with the chance for rapid career progression.MANUFACTURING AND PRODUCTIONRECRUITERSJaguar Land Rover visit profile >Nissan visit profile >Renault visit profile >Rolls Royce visit profile >Toyota visit profile >CapgeminiAB Agri LTDBoschCaterpillarUnilever
    • RETAIL SECTOR A - ZA retail career can cover a wide range of A career in retail offers many graduatepositions from retail management (where you are opportunities with many leading companies, whoresponsible for customer services, marketing, have graduate schemes, and structured trainingplanning, stock control and recruiting) to working in many areas like management, accounting, ITas a buyer, merchandiser, strategic management along with benefits such as pensions and staffor product managers. discounts.The retail industry is huge, employing more than2.9million people. The e-retail sector has seenmassive growth in the last few years, with morethan 600,000 of those retail jobs directly linked tothe area.RETAIL RECRUITERS Lidl visit profile > Market Force visit profile >Arcadia Group visit profile >Decathlon visit profile >Iceland visit profile >John Lewis visit profile >LOreal visit profile >Marks and Spencer visit profile >Morrisons Supermarkets PLC visit profile >Nestle UK ltd visit profile >Next visit profile >Sainsburys visit profile >Tesco visit profile >The Co-operative Group visit profile >Unilever visit profile >Waitrose visit profile >
    • SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY SECTOR A - ZAre you at home in a laboratory? Do you have a The UK is world-renowned for its biotechnologicalreal passion for technology? The opportunities for research and development and 40% ofgraduates interested in a career in science and biotechnology products developed in Europe aretechnology in the UK are vast. Developing and made by British companies. The life sciencesresearching new technologies and products is vital sector alone employs more than 400,000 peopleto the growth of many industries and spans many in the UK, while a further 50,000 people aredifferent sectors such as the energy, chemicals, employed in the medical technology market.engineering and pharmaceuticals. If you are an innovative thinker, then this sector offers the opportunity to be involved in groundbreaking work. Graduates can expect a diverse and exciting career, which can also be very rewarding.SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RECRUITERS Selex Galileo visit profile >GCHQ visit profile >Microsoft visit profile >Siemens visit profile >Orchid CellmarkWRc PLCCHP ConsultingIBMLogicaRed Gate Software
    • SECTOR A - Z MEDIA, MARKETING AND PRThe media, marketing and public relations (PR) PR is different in that is manages the reputationindustries are creative and fast-paced sectors that of a brand, with the purpose of gaining support foruse paid-for services to change peoples attitudes, the client and influencing opinion.inform them or motivate them to buy products orservices. Often seen as a glamorous sector, it is also hard work that can involve a wide range of activitiesMarketing is generally the promotion, branding from market research, pricing and productand selling of products and services. A sub- development to brand awareness, copy writingdiscipline of this is direct marketing which engages and advertising. Marketing and PR jobs can alsowith audiences via direct mail, telemarketing or involve a high level of statistical and financiale-marketing. analysis.MEDIA, MARKETING AND PR RECRUITERS WPP Group visit profile >BigChoice Group ltd. visit profile >Bloomberg visit profile >eCircle visit profile >The National Student visit profile >BBCENDEMOL UKBSkyBBauer MediaBell PottingerFreud CommunicationsEdelman
    • SECTOR A - Z SPORT AND RECREATIONWith the UK riding the high of the London 2012 The sports and recreation industry as a wholeOlympics and plenty of government investment, employs over half a million people in the UK in athere has never been a better time for graduates wide range of areas including sport development,to enter the sports sector. There are also more performance and management, instructingopportunities than ever before for aspiring personal and coaching, education, outdoor pursuits andtrainers and fitness professionals, as people adventure tourism.become more conscious of the link between fitnessand health. Graduates interested in the sector could consider working in one of around 6,000 health and leisure centres in the UK, which employ 45,000 members of staff. Some of the bigger chains offer graduate internships in management, sales and marketing.SPORT AND RECREATION RECRUITERS The Training Room visit profile >Sport EnglandDavid LloydFitness FirstVirgin ActiveNuffield Proactive HealthMerlin Entertainment GroupLadbrokes PLCGala Coral Group
    • TEACHING AND EDUCATION SECTOR A - ZA graduate career in teaching has so much to You can also find teaching jobs such as supportoffer and if youre someone who wants to inspire staff which include teaching assistants, orchildren and adults then this could be the career administrative and management staff who dealfor you. As well as making a difference to your with making sure the school runs smoothly.pupils lives, the teaching profession is one whereyoull never stop learning and acquiring new skills.Most teaching and education jobs are based inschools, colleges, and training centres. Theresalso teaching jobs in universities but lecturersusually have many years of teaching experienceon top of extra qualifications before going ontouniversity teaching.TEACHING AND EDUCATION RECRUITERS MDS visit profile >RM visit profile >Teaching Agency visit profile >City YearAECOMBritish CouncilOFQUALSQA
    • SECTOR A - Z TELECOMMUNICATIONSThe UK is one of the leading locations in Europe manufacture installation, testing or maintenance.for telecommunications. The industry employs Graduates can train to become network andover 250,000 people in around 7,800 companies - software engineers, developing new services.plenty of opportunities, then, for graduates. Major The industry is fast-paced so youll need to reactemployers are telecommunications companies, quickly and work well under pressure, its alsointernet service providers and equipment expected that you have awareness of whatsmanufacturers. currently happening in the continually changing industry - so keep up to date with whats going on.Many jobs are technology based, but there areplenty of graduate opportunities in planning, sales, After five years of working in telecommunicationsmarketing, customer service, finance and human you could be managing a group of softwareresources. Technical jobs may cover design, developers or working on large scale IT projects - opportunities are never-ending.TELECOMMUNICATIONS RECRUITERSBT visit profile >O2 visit profile >Orange visit profile >Siemens visit profile >AT & TVerizon WirelessVodafoneVirgin MediaFujitsu Telecoms Europe
    • TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS SECTOR A - ZTransport and logistics deals with the safe and Transport management deals with the movementefficient movement of people and products, of passengers and freight, aiming to provide quality,supplying companies with items they need. cost-effective service, whilst logistics enables management of supply chains by ensuring thatThere are over two million people working in goods are available when needed.the logistics sector and over 570,000 working This industry operates 24 hours so part-time andin passenger transport. Graduate employers shift work is common - jobs may require staff toinclude government and local authorities, airports, work early morning, evening, night and weekendand passenger transport companies. Graduate shifts. Jobs are based in various locations: airports,roles can create opportunities for promotion to railway and bus stations, warehouses. offices. Theremanagement levels. is usually a mixture of indoor and outdoor work and plenty of travelling. You should be willing to take on responsibility early in your career.TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS RECRUITERSEnterprise Rent-A-Car visit profile >NATS visit profile >Nissan visit profile >Renault visit profile >Rolls Royce visit profile >Thales Group visit profile >Toyota visit profile >UPS visit profile >
    • PROPERTY, LAND AND SURVEYING SECTOR A - ZThough the economic downturn has had a The property industry involves the planning,significant impact on some sections of the property design, construction, development andsector, the industry as a whole remains strong, management of buildings. This is a diverseparticularly in the lettings and surveying area. sector which employs people in a range of roles, including architecture, investment, engineering andThere are currently more than 360,000 people planning.employed in the property and housing sector,according to the Property Service Framework. Themost lucrative area to work (and least affectedby the recession) in property is London, withthe lettings market and social housing marketparticularly buoyant.PROPERTY, LAND AND SURVEYING RECRUITERSBRIC Group visit profile >Chancellors Group of Estate Agents visit profile >Foxtons visit profile >RedrowRICSGrosvenorJones Long LaSalleGVADTZSavills
    • SECTOR A - Z RECRUITMENTIf you are confident, good with people and enjoying Candidates are then screened using tests andworking to targets, then a career in recruitment interviews and matched with specific roles.could be for you. Specialist recruitment agencies operate in much the same way except they focus on specificThere are four different types of recruitment industries and often have industry contacts andagencies: employment agencies, headhunters, expertise.specialist recruitment agencies, and online joband recruitment websites. Traditional recruitment Headhunters take a more aggressive approachagencies pitch their services to businesses and to candidate search and selection and will oftenadvertise permanent and temporary vacancies to actively seek out suitable people for more senior orattract suitable candidates. specialised roles.RECRUITMENT RECRUITERS Hays visit profile >Badenoch and Clark visit profile >Celsius Recruitment visit profile >Chapman Black visit profile >JPA visit profile >Michael Page visit profile >Tier One Recruitment visit profile >Reed
    • RETAIL SECTOR A - ZA retail career can cover a wide range of A career in retail offers many graduatepositions from retail management (where you are opportunities with many leading companies, whoresponsible for customer services, marketing, have graduate schemes, and structured trainingplanning, stock control and recruiting) to working in many areas like management, accounting, ITas a buyer, merchandiser, strategic management along with benefits such as pensions and staffor product managers. discounts.The retail industry is huge, employing more than2.9million people. The e-retail sector has seenmassive growth in the last few years, with morethan 600,000 of those retail jobs directly linked tothe area.RETAIL RECRUITERS Market Force visit profile > Lidl visit profile >Arcadia Group visit profile >Decathlon visit profile >Halfords visit profile >Iceland visit profile >John Lewis visit profile >Lidl visit profile >LOreal visit profile >Marks and Spencer visit profile >Morrisons Supermarkets PLC visit profile >Nestle UK ltd visit profile >Next visit profile >Sainsburys visit profile >Tesco visit profile >The Co-operative Group visit profile >Unilever visit profile >Waitrose visit profile >
    • RETAIL SECTOR A - ZA retail career can cover a wide range of A career in retail offers many graduatepositions from retail management (where you are opportunities with many leading companies, whoresponsible for customer services, marketing, have graduate schemes, and structured trainingplanning, stock control and recruiting) to working in many areas like management, accounting, ITas a buyer, merchandiser, strategic management along with benefits such as pensions and staffor product managers. discounts.The retail industry is huge, employing more than2.9million people. The e-retail sector has seenmassive growth in the last few years, with morethan 600,000 of those retail jobs directly linked tothe area.RETAIL RECRUITERS Market Force visit profile >Advantage consulting visit profile >Arcadia Group visit profile >Decathlon visit profile >Dunnhumby visit profile >Halfords visit profile >Iceland visit profile >John Lewis visit profile >Lidl visit profile >LOreal visit profile >Marks and Spencer visit profile >Morrisons Supermarkets PLC visit profile >Nestle UK ltd visit profile >Next visit profile >Procter and Gamble visit profile >Sainsburys visit profile >Tesco visit profile >The Co-operative Group visit profile >Unilever visit profile >Waitrose visit profile >
    • SECTOR A - Z SALESGraduates wanting to pursue a career in sales As sales are key to business, it can be a highare in high demand and can expect rapid career pressure job especially in hard economic timesprogression. Keep a look out for graduate sales when winning new business and retaining oldrecruitment schemes, which offer a decent starting customers can be difficult. Pay is sometimessalary, extensive training and sometimes even a performance-related in this sector, which unlikecompany car. many other careers, means you are rewarded for the work you put in. Office-based salesThe recent recession has had a significant impact professionals tend to work normal weekdayon the sales sector as businesses attempt to cut hours, though in high-pressured environmentscosts and tighten their belts, but as the market with performance-related pay, some employeespicks up there are plenty of opportunities for may choose to work longer hours to bring in moretalented and committed sales professionals to business and keep clients happy.develop a successful career in the sector.SALES RECRUITERSAdvantage consulting visit profile >Ashfield In2Focus visit profile >AstraZeneca visit profile >Chapman Black visit profile >ArcadiaAaron WallisRoyceCertusGlaxoSmithKline
    • MANUFACTURING AND PRODUCTION SECTOR A - ZIf you thought manufacturing was all about Britains modern hi-tech manufacturing industryproduction lines and repetitive actions, then think is known for its innovation and design andagain. The UKs manufacturing industry is the technological excellence. To maintain its quality,sixth largest in the world and employs more than the manufacturing industry needs graduate-two and a half million people in a variety of roles calibre employees and offers graduate recruitmentincluding design engineers, researchers and schemes designed to attract suitable candidates.marketing managers. Manufacturing jobs can bevery varied and the wages are comparable to retail Manufacturing covers such a wide range of areasand the creative industries. from garment production to pharmaceuticals, which means that graduates can choose the type of company that interests them the most and embark on a varied career with the chance for rapid career progression.MANUFACTURING AND PRODUCTIONRECRUITERSJaguar Land Rover visit profile >Nissan visit profile >Renault visit profile >Rolls Royce visit profile >Toyota visit profile >CapgeminiAB Agri LTDBoschCaterpillarUnilever
    • EMPLOYER A - Z MDS MDS (Management Development Services) MDS is a specialist management training organisation representing almost Number of Vacancies: 25 member companies in the fresh food and produce industry. MDS works in 20 the best interests of the industry, transforming university graduates into the managers of tomorrow through an accredited accelerated two-year training Work Offered: programme. Graduate The MDS training programme is a two- • Comprehensive accredited Entry Requirements: year, fast-track career path comprising classroom learning and N/A practical ‘real job’ secondments professional management Location: combined with formal off-the-job training. qualifications All UK and some overseas MDS is not a recruitment agency. • Salary starts at £19,500 rising to opportunities Over 80 % our management training £20,2500 in year two. programme progress to a key position of • Full coaching, mentoring and Application Closing Date: responsibility within the membership, the support Ongoing remainder getting similar jobs within the • Excellent career prospects industry. • We offer flexible start dates with at least two intakes a year. Why Choose MDS? • Applications are considered ONE of the biggest advantages of the throughout the year and it is MDS programme is the opportunity sometimes possible to defer entry to experience several different jobs if you are thinking of taking a break at different companies, providing a after university. wider understanding of the needs and challenges facing the fresh food and What is MDS looking for? produce industry. • Graduates of any discipline, and especially land-based, food related, MDS offers a first-class graduate business, management, life training programme: sciences and languages • Junior management positions in up • People who are self-starters, to four different companies, with highly-motivated and keen to FIND OUT MORE some overseas opportunities succeed in a fast-moving Intensive two-year programme commercial environment To find out more about sees trainees complete four • People keen to develop a long-term opportunities at MDS visit: six-month secondments to gain career within the management of http://www.mds-ltd.co.uk/ broad experience and develop a fresh produce content/3/Graduate- wide range of essential skills • Excellent inter-personal skills and recruitment leadership potential • Flexibility and mobility; trainees do not choose their secondments and need to re-locate every six months.
    • “BUSINESSINTERVIEWDespite the recession you have saidthat know is a good time to start a I am abusiness – why? huma unique uniquen being, wYou could say it’s easier. Fewer peo-ple set up businesses because they getfreaked out by the recession. They look to ma contrib ith a univerkuniqueis ution I am a e to th humanfor security, but there is no security.That’s what was great about me goingto Paris as a 21 year old. I remember the abeing,swithd Iunique m det e an a figure ermined make contribution towords of my father at the airport. He wasconvinced I’d be back in two months as Ididn’t have much money.I ended up staying for five years. Youget to realise that there really is no such t tha d “ execu it out an toand to this universe I amedetermined t to figure it out andthing as job security. It’s so much betterto figure that out aged 22 because then execute thatyou can go through life from that pointsaying it’s ultimately down to me and Ihave to invest in myself. You get over thescariness of it very quickly and it be-comes deeply empowering.With large competition in social net-working and the internet, how canyoung people trying to start a businessstand out?People do stand out. That’s the beauty oflife; we stand out because we have differ-ent takes on things. If we were all askedto write about the sunset we would writeabout it differently.The people who differentiate themselvesallow themselves to say “I am a uniquehuman being, with a unique contributionto make to this universe and I am deter-mined to figure it out and execute that”. 100 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012
    • BUSINESSAnd that to me was something I deter- Should people use their time getting amined relatively late in life, it took me university degree or gaining practicaluntil I built and sold my first business work experience?aged 33 until I figured that out. I’d been I don’t see why you can’t do both. Whentaught to be good at everything, to per- you’re 18 or 19 years old you can easilyfect myself, but you can’t. You ultimately work 100 hours a week and it doesn’thave to figure out what you’re good at faze you. You can get a job, work at uni-and play to those strengths, whatever versity and still have time to have thethey are. occasional drink with your friends.So business success is down to the The people I know who have been suc-individual? cessful have used that time, which is a re-Even when there is a unique proposition ally important time in your life, becauseor marketing opportunity it could be run as you get older you get tired! So I wouldby uninspiring, dull personalities and say go to University and use that time toyou don’t want to be involved. Negative think hard about what you’re good at andenergy repels and positive energy at- try out all sorts of different things.tracts. The sooner you figure out what yourThe people who attract me are the peo- unique talent is, the sooner you can putple who you are trying to make a differ- that to work. I think the message thatence in the world, to solve big problems you have to make big choices at such abut also trying to be successful become young age is the wrong message. I wouldwealthy. If we want a great society we say go and embrace the world – studyneed to create wealth and wealthy peo- hard, work hard, get work experience,ple. If you do all of that, you will find you figure out what the work world is like inmake a lot of money. the evenings, afternoons and weekends – do it all! Now is the time to make the “But, if you go after it, focusing on just biggest investment in yourself.making money, you end up being un-happy and people don’t want to workwith you. Maybe it’s different for otherpeople, but I’m just interested in thecombination of getting the best minds on When you’re 18 or 19the planet solving the big issues. I think years old you can easilywhen you do that, then you make a lot ofmoney and you do a lot of good. work 100 hours a week and it doesn’t faze you “ The National Student - Careers Guide 2012 101
    • .org Looking for tudy advice? ternational s help! in we can StudentEnquiry.org is a free service for students looking to study overseas. Our aim is to help you to find the right course, at the right university, in the country of your choice. Register online to further your international education. 102 The National Student - Careers Guide 2012DIGITAL PUBLISHER & YOUTH MEDIA SPECIALIST www.studentenquiry.org
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    • SECTOR A - Z Accountancy & FINANCEAccountants help investors, managers, tax authorities, Choosing a graduate career in accountancy can helpprivate individuals, businesses and many others to broaden your long-term career prospects and enablemanage their finances. You will be helping them to you to work in different industries. Starting salarieskeep track of their monthly income and outgoings, vary hugely depending on your location, the size of theas well as bookkeeping, auditing and deciding what firm youre working in and the sector — so anythingexpenditures they can afford — and what they cant. between £15,000 and £25,000.A flare for maths is the most obvious skill needed for Salaries at senior level could be in excess of £100,000.accountancy, as well as strong organisational skills. Accountants meet and work with a wide range of people, and enjoy a certain level of independence in the workplace. There is also the opportunity to work for yourself.ACCOUNTANCY & FINANCE RECRUITERSAudit CommissionMercerOffice for National Statistics
    • Banking SECTOR A - ZThere are many options available to you in this Banks and investment companies offer graduatefast-paced sector, from retail to investment banking - schemes that will train you in different areas. Theseit is, despite the recession, a booming industry. often include fast-track routes into top positions andRetail bankers are responsible for both businesses and managerial roles, which can pay very well.individuals; these are people who work in "high street" The perks of working for a bank are plentiful — moneybanks. Other employers include international banks, is the main reason graduates are drawn towards thefinance houses and corporate or commercial banking sector, but the security of working for a large companydivisions. and the opportunity for career growth are strongAt the high-powered end of the industry is investment incentives too.banking, which provides services from investment Another perk is that management positions are usuallyof surplus money to assisting with a merger of based in the financial districts of large cities — oftenbusinesses. very exciting and busy places to live and work.Banking RECRUITERS Credit Suisse Bank of England Barclays Bank Barclays Retail Banking Capital One Deutsche Bank Goldman Sachs HBOS HSBC JP Morgan Lloyds Banking Group Merrill Lynch Morgan Stanley Nationwide RBS Group Santander Societe Generale Standard Life UBS
    • SECTOR A - Z Building, construction and civil engineeringConstruction: it isnt all bricklaying and mixing cement! You can improve your chances of getting goodThere are multiple roles for graduates in the work and better pay by taking a few extra examsconstruction industry — everything from planning and becoming chartered through a professionalpublic and private housing to infrastructure to organisation like the Chartered Institute of Plumbingmanaging teams of people. and Heating Engineering, the Institution of CivilAdded to the wide variety of roles available is the fact Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineersandthat the industry as a whole is on the lookout for young the Royal Institute of British Architects.people — 40,000 need to be recruited every year,so there are clearly a large number of opportunitiesavailable.Building, constructionand civil engineering RECRUITERS Babcock Carillion PLC Halcrow Mouchel Parkman
    • Business Management and Consultancy SECTOR A - ZAre you an enthusiastic leader who enjoys giving Organisations will sometimes call in businessadvice and solving problems? Do you pride yourself on consultants to provide resources and manage andyour research and analysis skills? If so, then a career advise on projects such as company restructuring.in business management or consultancy could be for Its a varied job that requires confidence and tenacity,you. and can also be very rewarding both professionally and financially — pay will vary between £21,000 andThe sector provides expert advice to businesses. £78,000, depending on your level.Consultants are tasked with analysing the businessstrategy and structure, looking at how the organisation Management consultants spend most of their timeoperates and offering recommendations for working in clients office during normal office hours, butimprovement. it is not uncommon for consultants to work long hours. Depending on the client, consultants may work alone or in a large team and could be based on multiple sites. A career in this sector can be very rewarding but it involves a high level of responsibility.Business Management and ConsultancyRECRUITERS Accenture BDO Business Monitor International Centrica CHP consulting Deloitte Ernst & Young Foreign and Commonwealth Office IBM JPA KPMG Logica Mouchel Parkman PA Consulting PwC Reckitt Benckiser Schneider Trading Associates Xchanging
    • SECTOR A - Z CharitiesIf a career dedicated to helping people and improving With 169,000 UK charities, theres no shortage ofthe lives of others appeals to you, then a job in the employment opportunities - the sector employs morecharity sector could be very fulfilling. than 600,000 workers and countless volunteers, with graduates making up more than a third. Have aAs charities are non-profit organisations they have passion for a cause? Youll fit right in.more autonomy than other organisations and largelyrely on the commitment and direction of their core As charities cover multiple purposes. If youreworkforce, giving employees a chance to really get interested in conservation, perhaps you would like toinvolved and make a positive difference. work for The National Trust? If issues of poverty are close to your heart, maybe Oxfam? Charity workers are highly motivated by their cause and take pride in their work, so be prepared for stiff competition when applying for jobs.Charities RECRUITERSBritish Red CrossOxfamWilf Ward Family Trust
    • Computing, IT and software engineering SECTOR A - ZThere are 1.52 million people employed in the IT and When you start out, youre likely to be in atelecommunications industry in the UK — one in eight development or service provision role. As you becomeof those employed , together contributing £71billion more experienced you may consider more strategic,annually to the countrys economy. Clearly, IT is management or consulting positions. You could workessential — and so are those that work within it. for a business in their IT department, or for an IT company, or for yourself — the choice is yours.IT affects everything, from our mobile phones andiPads to how systems work if were admitted tohospital to the security of the country. IT professionalscan be found in every industry, and as a professionalin this area you will be in high demand and will be paidwell — how much is dependent on your particular joband location.Computing, IT and softwareengineering RECRUITERS CHP Consulting Accenture BT Camgemini Centrica Hewlett Packard IBM Microsoft PA Consulting Softcat
    • SECTOR A - Z Energy and UtilitiesWithout the energy and utilities industry everything As well as engineers and scientists, the sector alsowould grind to a halt, so those who work within it are employs geologists, ecologists and a wide range ofcrucial. support staff including health and safety managers, business consultants, and IT and marketing staff.The industry employs more than half a million people,in everything from water management and nuclear Working hours in the energy and utilities industry varypower to renewable energy. The sector is changing considerably. If youre based in an office or laboratoryfast - green technologies have created many new jobs. then youre likely to work 9-5 Monday to Friday. But14,000 jobs are expected to be created over the next technical workers in the field often work irregular hoursdecade. Many companies have graduate recruitment and are sometimes based in remote locations.schemes, and scientific and engineering expertise is inhigh demand.Energy and Utilities RECRUITERS National Grid BP British Energy E.ON UK EDF Group Sellafield Shell Westinghouse
    • Engineering SECTOR A - ZWould you like to play a part in solving some of Engineers are needed across virtually all industries,the most serious issues facing the modern world - including transport, construction, energy and utilities -including climate change, sustainability and population jobs are plentiful and you can choose which industrygrowth? most interests you.Across all industries engineers drive technological If you have a degree in a non-engineering subjectadvances to improve the way the world works. but would like to pursue a career in the sector, thereEngineers help to reduce the strain on global resources are opportunities available in finance, IT, HR, sales,by developing sustainable and renewable energy and marketing and many more.devising new ways to reduce emissions, in an effort tocombat climate change. Engineers work in different environments and often move between offices and workshops, construction sites or factory floors, depending on the type of engineering. Some engineers may work on international projects.Engineering RECRUITERS AgustaWestland Atkins Global AWE BAE Systems British Nuclear Group British Sugar GE Aviation Jaguar Land Rover NATS Royal Navy Tata Steel Thales Group Toyota
    • SECTOR A - Z Health and pharmaceuticalsThe health and pharmaceutical industry covers some On the pharmaceutical side, there are several hugeof the most important jobs in our society. Graduates companies that employ tens of thousands of peopleworking in this area are aiming to provide medical care who also run annual graduate schemes. Working hoursand support to our community. in the sector vary greatly depending on your job, but medical professionals can expect to work unsociableJobs range from obvious roles such as doctors, hours at times.surgeons, dentists and pharmacists to more nicheprofessions like acupuncturists, homeopaths anddietitians. This is a highly-skilled sector where lotsof qualifications are often necessary to get into aparticular field.Health and pharmaceuticals RECRUITERS Ashfield In2Focus AstraZeneca Bupa Childrens Workforce Development Council GlaxoSmithKline UK Limited Merck Sharp and Dohme NHS Reckitt Benckiser Synergy Health Unilever
    • Insurance and pensions SECTOR A - ZThere are a wide variety of careers available for sales works in the same way as most sales jobs, sograduates in the pensions and insurance sector. you will work to a target amount of sales or commissionGovernment changes to how pensions are and be rewarded accordingly.administered and the changing nature of insurance Careers in pensions can involve looking after themeans that the number of jobs in the sector is set to pension requirement of an individual, a group, or agrow. company. Many graduates start out working for a bank or building society.Graduates working in insurance can choose betweentwo key areas — insurance policy work or insurancesales. Policy work involves assessing insurance claimsand investigating complex or difficult claims. InsuranceInsurance and pensions RECRUITERS AXA Sunlife Direct Line
    • SECTOR A - Z LegalThe legal sector covers a range of services for There are two main branches a law student cancustomers and clients requiring legal assistance. follow — becoming a solicitor or a barrister. SolicitorsThe industry is one of the most competitive for provide legal advice and legal services on a variety ofgraduate recruitment, and getting onto a graduate areas, from dealing with a business dispute to helpingtrainee scheme with a major law firm is extremely with a large corporate merger. Barristers presenttough. cases in a court of law on behalf of a solicitor and often specialise in a particular field, such as criminal, family or commercial.Legal RECRUITERSBaker and McKenzieBPP Law SchoolClifford ChanceDLA PiperEvershedsFreshfields Bruckhaus DeringerLinklatersNorton RoseSimmons & Simmons
    • Manufacturing and production SECTOR A - ZIf you thought manufacturing was all about production Britains modern hi-tech manufacturing industry islines and repetitive actions, then think again. The known for its innovation and design and technologicalUKs manufacturing industry is the sixth largest in the excellence. To maintain its quality, the manufacturingworld and employs more than two and a half million industry needs graduate-calibre employees and offerspeople in a variety of roles including design engineers, graduate recruitment schemes designed to attractresearchers and marketing managers. Manufacturing suitable candidates.jobs can be very varied and the wages are comparableto retail and the creative industries. Manufacturing covers such a wide range of areas from garment production to pharmaceuticals, which means that graduates can choose the type of company that interests them the most and embark on a varied career with the chance for rapid career progression.Manufacturing and productionRECRUITERS Jaguar Land Rover Nissan Renault Rolls Royce Toyota
    • SECTOR A - Z MEDIA, Marketing and PRThe media, marketing and public relations (PR) PR is different in that is manages the reputation of aindustries are creative and fast-paced sectors that use brand, with the purpose of gaining support for the clientpaid-for services to change peoples attitudes, inform and influencing opinion.them or motivate them to buy products or services. Often seen as a glamorous sector, it is also hard workMarketing is generally the promotion, branding and that can involve a wide range of activities from marketselling of products and services. A sub-discipline of this research, pricing and product development to brandis direct marketing which engages with audiences via awareness, copy writing and advertising. Marketingdirect mail, telemarketing or e-marketing. and PR jobs can also involve a high level of statistical and financial analysis.MEDIA, Marketing and PR RECRUITERS WPP Group BigChoice Group ltd. Bloomberg eCircle The National Student
    • Property, land and surveying SECTOR A - ZThough the economic downturn has had a significant The property industry involves the planning, design,impact on some sections of the property sector, the construction, development and management ofindustry as a whole remains strong, particularly in the buildings. This is a diverse sector which employslettings and surveying area. people in a range of roles, including architecture, investment, engineering and planning.There are currently more than 360,000 peopleemployed in the property and housing sector,according to the Property Service Framework. Themost lucrative area to work (and least affected bythe recession) in property is London, with the lettingsmarket and social housing market particularly buoyant.Property, land and surveying RECRUITERS BRIC Group Chancellors Group of Estate Agents Foxtons
    • SECTOR A - Z RecruitmentIf you are confident, good with people and enjoying Candidates are then screened using tests andworking to targets, then a career in recruitment could interviews and matched with specific roles.be for you. Specialist recruitment agencies operate in much the same way except they focus on specific industries andThere are four different types of recruitment agencies: often have industry contacts and expertise.employment agencies, headhunters, specialistrecruitment agencies, and online job and recruitment Headhunters take a more aggressive approach towebsites. Traditional recruitment agencies pitch their candidate search and selection and will often activelyservices to businesses and advertise permanent and seek out suitable people for more senior or specialisedtemporary vacancies to attract suitable candidates. roles.Recruitment RECRUITERS Hays Badenoch and Clark Celsius Recruitment Chapman Black JPA Michael Page Tier One Recruitment
    • Retail SECTOR A - ZA retail career can cover a wide range of positions A career in retail offers many graduate opportunitiesfrom retail management (where you are responsible for with many leading companies, who have graduatecustomer services, marketing, planning, stock control schemes, and structured training in many areas likeand recruiting) to working as a buyer, merchandiser, management, accounting, IT along with benefits suchstrategic management or product managers. as pensions and staff discounts.The retail industry is huge, employing more than2.9million people. The e-retail sector has seen massivegrowth in the last few years, with more than 600,000 ofthose retail jobs directly linked to the area.Retail RECRUITERS Market Force Advantage consulting Arcadia Group Decathlon Dunnhumby Halfords Iceland John Lewis Lidl LOreal Marks and Spencer Morrisons Supermarkets PLC Nestle UK ltd Next Procter and Gamble Sainsburys Tesco The Co-operative Group Unilever Waitrose
    • SECTOR A - Z SalesGraduates wanting to pursue a career in sales are in As sales are key to business, it can be a high pressurehigh demand and can expect rapid career progression. job especially in hard economic times when winningKeep a look out for graduate sales recruitment new business and retaining old customers can beschemes, which offer a decent starting salary, difficult. Pay is sometimes performance-related in thisextensive training and sometimes even a company car. sector, which unlike many other careers, means you are rewarded for the work you put in. Office-basedThe recent recession has had a significant impact on sales professionals tend to work normal weekdaythe sales sector as businesses attempt to cut costs hours, though in high-pressured environments withand tighten their belts, but as the market picks up there performance-related pay, some employees mayare plenty of opportunities for talented and committed choose to work longer hours to bring in more businesssales professionals to develop a successful career in and keep clients happy.the sector.Sales RECRUITERS Advantage consulting Ashfield In2Focus AstraZeneca Chapman Black
    • Science and Technology SECTOR A - ZAre you at home in a laboratory? Do you have a The UK is world-renowned for its biotechnologicalreal passion for technology? The opportunities for research and development and 40% of biotechnologygraduates interested in a career in science and products developed in Europe are made by Britishtechnology in the UK are vast. Developing and companies. The life sciences sector alone employsresearching new technologies and products is vital more than 400,000 people in the UK, while a furtherto the growth of many industries and spans many 50,000 people are employed in the medical technologydifferent sectors such as the energy, chemicals, market.engineering and pharmaceuticals. If you are an innovative thinker, then this sector offers the opportunity to be involved in groundbreaking work. Graduates can expect a diverse and exciting career, which can also be very rewarding.Science and Technology RECRUITERSGCHQSelex GalileoMicrosoftSiemens
    • SECTOR A - Z Sport and RecreationWith the UK riding the high of the London 2012 Graduates interested in the sector could considerOlympics and plenty of government investment, there working in one of around 6,000 health and leisurehas never been a better time for graduates to enter the centres in the UK, which employ 45,000 memberssports sector. There are also more opportunities than of staff. Some of the bigger chains offer graduateever before for aspiring personal trainers and fitness internships in management, sales and marketing.professionals, as people become more conscious ofthe link between fitness and health.The sports and recreation industry as a whole employsover half a million people in the UK in a wide range ofareas including sport development, performance andmanagement, instructing and coaching, education,outdoor pursuits and adventure tourism.Sport and Recreation RECRUITERS The Training Room
    • Teaching and Education SECTOR A - ZA graduate career in teaching has so much to offer and You can also find teaching jobs such as support staffif youre someone who wants to inspire children and which include teaching assistants, or administrativeadults then this could be the career for you. As well as and management staff who deal with making sure themaking a difference to your pupils lives, the teaching school runs smoothly.profession is one where youll never stop learning andacquiring new skills.Most teaching and education jobs are based inschools, colleges, and training centres. Theres alsoteaching jobs in universities but lecturers usually havemany years of teaching experience on top of extraqualifications before going onto university teaching.Teaching and Education RECRUITERS MDS RM Teaching Agency
    • SECTOR A - Z TelecommunicationsThe UK is one of the leading locations in Europe The industry is fast-paced so youll need to reactfor telecommunications. The industry employs over quickly and work well under pressure, its also250,000 people in around 7,800 companies - plenty expected that you have awareness of whats currentlyof opportunities, then, for graduates. Major employers happening in the continually changing industry - soare telecommunications companies, internet service keep up to date with whats going on.providers and equipment manufacturers. After five years of working in telecommunications youMany jobs are technology based, but there are plenty could be managing a group of software developers orof graduate opportunities in planning, sales, marketing, working on large scale IT projects - opportunities arecustomer service, finance and human resources. never-ending.Technical jobs may cover design, manufactureinstallation, testing or maintenance. Graduates cantrain to become network and software engineers,developing new services.Telecommunications RECRUITERS BT O2 Orange Siemens
    • Transport and Logistics SECTOR A - ZTransport and logistics deals with the safe and Transport management deals with the movement ofefficient movement of people and products, supplying passengers and freight, aiming to provide quality,companies with items they need. cost-effective service, whilst logistics enables management of supply chains by ensuring that goodsThere are over two million people working in the are available when needed.logistics sector and over 570,000 working in passengertransport. Graduate employers include government This industry operates 24 hours so part-time and shiftand local authorities, airports, and passenger transport work is common - jobs may require staff to work earlycompanies. Graduate roles can create opportunities for morning, evening, night and weekend shifts.promotion to management levels. Jobs are based in various locations: airports, railway and bus stations, warehouses. offices. There is usually a mixture of indoor and outdoor work and plenty of travelling. You should be willing to take on responsibility early in your career.Transport and Logistics RECRUITERS Enterprise Rent-A-Car NATS Nissan Renault Rolls Royce Thales Group Toyota UPS
    • EMPLOYER A - Z CHP CHP Consulting Who are we: Number of Vacancies: 20 CHP Consulting is a medium-sized organisation with a small company culture and big company aspirations. Working in the asset finance industry, Work Offered: we are approached by top banks, equipment manufacturers and finance Graduate (Junior Consultant) companies to help them improve their business performance through the application of our wide-ranging experience in this sector and market-leading Entry Requirements: software; ALFA Systems. 2:1 minimum Where do you start? career immersed in the worlds of Location: You will be trained at our London both technology and finance. So Worldwide office in all things necessary to get if it’s, Engineering, Geography, you started on a project, usually Modern Languages or Computer Application Closing Date: for four to six weeks. You’ll either Science, we really don’t mind your 31st December 2012 be on a client site or based in the background, as long as you have office and your first role will typically a 2:1 from a good university and be software development. Your As and Bs at A-level (minimum supervisor will discuss with the client 320 UCAS points). In return we about how our software should will give you an annual salary be adapted to suit their business of £35,000 plus a generous requirements better, and your initial benefits package including private job will be to take detailed technical health insurance, private GP, specifications and change the code life assurance, worldwide travel to make that happen. As you gain insurance, permanent health more knowledge of the business insurance, interest free loans, home and technology, you will have broadband, 25 days annual and increased contact with the client and stakeholder pension. be able to use your creativity and innovation to develop solutions. Where? We are based in London and What about you? this is the hub for all European What makes a good CHP consultant projects. This means you will be FIND OUT MORE is the ability to see an end goal, working in and around the UK but break down the steps to get there, also in countries such as Sweden, and put in the hard work to achieve Holland and Germany. We also Find out more about it. Therefore, any hard-working have operations in the US, Australia opportunities with CHP and ambitious graduate can be and New Zealand which see a Consulting at successful as long as they have steady flow of UK consultants on www.chp.co.uk/careers a logical mind, enjoy working as secondment, so if this sounds like part of a team, have pride in the your kind of thing, we could make work that they do and see their that happen too.
    • EMPLOYER A - ZCredit SuisseCredit Suisse is a forward-thinking financial services firm serving clients Number of Vacancies:around the globe. As a stable company with a long banking tradition, we Variousare one of the most respected banks in the world. Indeed, we are a leadingplayer in many key markets—recognized by industry publications for our Work Offered:continued excellence. Graduate, Work Placement, InternshipOur business Continuous learningOur three primary businesses You’ll be able to take courses Entry Requirements:– Private Banking, Investment through our Talent Development 2:1 and aboveBanking and Asset Management Program, our internal training– partner with our Operations, institution, where you’ll have a Location:Information Technology, Finance choice of more than 8,000 different Londonand Risk Management teams. courses for ongoing educationTogether, they work around the throughout your career. Whichever Application Closing Date:world, around the clock, providing program you choose, you’ll Full Time - 18th November 2012seamless solutions to our global contribute to projects that have a Internship - 16th December 2012clients and employees. significant impact on our business, Information Technology Industrial while building your own expertise. Placement - 16th December 2012Our programs Spring Insight Program -Our programs give you the chance Become a future leader 2nd January 2013to make a difference from day one, Our vision is to become the world’sand provide world-class training most admired bank. We lookand support to help you develop for people with a wide range ofinto a future business leader. experiences, interests and degrees who will add fresh perspectivesIn addition to on-the-job to our business. A career with usexperience, you will receive formal means that you can help shape ourtraining and mentoring tailored to future.your individual needs and to thedemands of your chosen business Applyarea. This is just the first step in a Discover how we’ll set your careerprogram of continuous professional apart at www.credit-suisse.com/ FIND OUT MOREdevelopment that we will offer you careersthroughout your career. To learn more, visit our website at www.credit-suisse.com/ careers
    • EMPLOYER A - Z Deloitte It’s your future. How far will you take it? We are one of the world’s leading providers of professional services. Here Number of Vacancies: in the UK, we have more than 12,000 people offering advice and services 1,500 graduate and across audit, tax, consulting, corporate finance and technology. We work undergraduate vacancies with an amazing breadth of clients – everyone from small businesses and high net worth individuals to government departments and major Work Offered: multinational corporations. opportunities in Audit, Tax, Consulting, Corporate Finance and Technology Nothing matters more to us than the Corporate Finance: we offer talent, insight and commitment of the chance to develop your skills Entry Requirements: our people. So you’ll find this is an operating at the heart of major grade B or above in GCSE Maths, environment which demands, supports transactions like mergers & grade C or above in GCSE and rewards the highest performance, acquisitions, corporate restructuring English Language, between 300 allows everyone to shape their own and property deals. and 320 UCAS points depending career, and provides genuinely first- on the area you are applying for class training and development. Technology: our Technology and a minimum of a 2.1 in your graduates work across our different first undergraduate degree Our programmes service lines, developing solutions We offer five distinct entry routes that transform the way we add value Location: for graduates. Each is a structured to clients. Nationwide programme that combines live client work and specialist professional Who are we looking for? Application Closing Date: development, often leading to valuable We accept graduates from any we fill on a first come, first serve qualifications. degree discipline. However, for the basis so be sure to get your majority of our vacancies you will application in early Audit: one of the best business need the following (or equivalent if educations around, our Audit not taken in the UK): a 2:1 in your programme gives you the chance first degree; 300 UCAS points to experience a wide variety of (320 for Consulting and Corporate assurance, advisory and transaction Finance); GCSE Maths grade B; projects. and English grade C. Beyond these core requirements, we look for a real Tax: working with clients that range interest in business and excellent FIND OUT MORE from high net worth individuals to major interpersonal skills. corporations, you’ll have the chance to develop a great mix of commercial, Join the team Please visit our website. h legal and financial skills. To apply – and for more detailed http://mycareer.deloitte.com/uk/ information – please visit our en/student/graduate-scheme Consulting: you’ll develop your website. There is no closing date for expertise within a market-leading applications, but places are limited so Consulting team that’s equally we’d encourage you to apply as early renowned for its strength in strategic as possible. thinking and project implementation.
    • EMPLOYER A - ZHAYSThe Leading Global Specialist Recruitment Group•We are leading global experts in qualified, professional and skilled Number of Vacancies:recruitment. Last year our experts placed around 60,000 candidates into Ongoingpermanent jobs and around 190,000 people into temporary assignments. Work Offered:•We employ 7,620 staff operating from 255 offices in 33 countries across 20 Work Placement & Graduatespecialisms. Level•We have market-leading positions in the UK, Asia Pacific, Continental Entry Requirements:Europe and Latin America. Predicted 2.2 or higher classification, experience of working in a sales or customerWhat makes us unique? Who we are looking for service environmentAt Hays, we believe that the right job You might not know what you want tocan transform a person’s life. And the be or do. You may have embarked on Location:right person can transform a business. a career that simply isn’t you, or you Opportunities across the UKThis is the magic of recruiting, and it’s may have recently graduated and arewhy we do what we do. still trying to work out what that career Application Closing Date:As the world’s leading recruiting should be. end of July 2013experts in qualified, professional andskilled work, we power the world of We often recruit the attitude andwork by providing expertise across develop the skills. Recruitment is ana wide spectrum of industries and incredibly demanding environmentsectors and by truly understanding our and the people who succeed areclients and candidates - locally and exceptionally motivated. Strength ofglobally. It is our unparalleled trusted character is what will ensure that youconsultancy service that helps our achieve your goals - you will needcustomers to achieve lasting impact to be able to work under pressure,and it’s what makes us different. manage the most challenging workloads and respond proactivelyEvery week more than a quarter and positively to targets.of a million people visit our jobsportals to seek advice and look for We invest in our people so they FIND OUT MOREopportunities. In today’s fast paced job can provide the best expertisemarket, we believe that it’s vital to look and knowledge for our clients and For more information visitbeyond simply skills and experience candidates. hays.co.uk/work-with-usto find the right cultural fit. There is no room for complacency inThat’s why we want the very best a sales environment. Your exceptionalpeople to join our business as communication skills will hold you inconsultants - experts (or aspiring good stead to build strong businessexperts) - who are driven to help relationships.individuals, companies and industriesto flourish.
    • EMPLOYER A - Z Lidl ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY Outstanding, committed people As an established international food retailer, with over 580 stores in the Number of Vacancies: UK alone, Lidl are one of the UK’s retail success stories. Our simple retail Various philosophy and efficient working practices allow us to focus on what we do best - providing top quality products at the lowest possible prices. Work Offered: After 16 years, we are still rapidly expanding throughout the UK. Undergraduate & Graduate Placements Could you help to drive our business professional experience are warmly forward and maintain our high welcomed to fast track in our expanding Entry Requirements: standards? We offer fantastic long-term business. For Graduate positions: career prospects for a challenging, 2:1 minimum fruitful career full of variety. We are as • Graduate Store Manager roles committed to our people as we are • Graduate Area/District Management Location: to our customers and our success is roles Nationwide down to the quality and hard work of the • Graduate Buying roles people who work with us. • 48 week Undergraduate Placements Application Closing Date: The majority of our dedicated • International Trainee opportunities Undergraduate Placement: employees work at the forefront of our 07th December 2012 commercial operations, providing great Training and development at Lidl service to our loyal customers. There Our training and development Graduate Area Managers: are opportunities to work as Store programmes are tailored towards 23th February 2013 Assistants, in supervisory roles, Store helping graduates develop their Management and District Management. personal, commercial, organisational and management skills. Fulfilling our A new view on graduate careers people’s potential ensures the long term Uncompromising on quality, we success of our business. look for the same in our graduates - talented and ambitious people Try our Graduate quiz. with good commercial awareness, Why not take our ‘Lidl Known Facts’ who are excellent communicators quiz on our website. You will find and highly motivated. Our exciting plenty of facts on the way as you opportunities are specifically designed get an insight into Lidl that will help to kick-start your career and help you you understand why we are a Times FIND OUT MORE to achieve your full potential. In our Top 100 graduate employer. As fast paced environment, initiative is you progress through the test you’ll key, commitment is essential and all discover our rich history and culture, About the range of graduate achievements are recognised. and the facts behind our rewards and opportunities or to try your benefits. You’ll get to understand why hand at our ‘Lidl Known Facts’ Opportunities for Undergraduates we are admired by customers and and Professional graduates competitors alike - getting to know us quiz, please visit Our programmes are designed to from a new perspective, and revealing www.lidlgraduatecareers.co.uk train retail managers of the future, but why our range of career opportunities how far you go is ultimately up to you. for graduates are hitting all the right Graduates with the advantage of some headlines!
    • EMPLOYER A - ZMarket ForceAbout us: Location: Number of Vacancies:Far more than mystery shopping, Nationwide OngoingMarket Force is the UK’s leadingcustomer experience improvement And BEST OF ALL... Work Offered:agency. We pay you for going shopping, Part Time eating out or even going for a drinkWe help our clients accurately with your friends. Entry Requirements:measure, learn and feedback insight Must be over 18 yearsfrom real customers, empowering Fees usually range between £5 andorganisations to make a real and £15 per visit along with additional Location:positive difference to the person reimbursement towards any Nationwidewho matters most...the customer. purchases you are required to make. Some purchases you can keep and Application Closing Date:Working with clients in many still be reimbursed for! Ongoingindustries and some of theworld’s most recognisable brandswe provide highly effectiveprogrammes.Opportunities:We are looking for students just likeyou to work as a mystery shopperfor Market Force to visit bars, hotels,restaurants, shops and moreWe provide feedback to our clientswho are interested in your opinionsand experiences with their brandsto help them improve their customerservice and to make a real andpositive difference to the personwho matters most...the customer. FIND OUT MOREWe have an extensive variety ofassignments you can choose from Fancy getting paid to shop?and once you have finished all youhave to do is fill out a questionnaire For more informationon your experience. and to register visit http://uk.marketforce.com/tns
    • EMPLOYER A - Z MDS MDS (Management Development Services) MDS is a specialist management training organisation representing Number of Vacancies: almost 25 member companies in the fresh food and produce industry. As 20 a consortium of like-minded companies, MDS works in the best interests of the industry, transforming university graduates into the managers Work Offered: of tomorrow through an accredited accelerated two-year training Graduate programme. Entry Requirements: The program has recently been accredited by Harper Adams University N/A College offering successful trainees a Post Graduate Certificate in Food and Fresh Produce Management. Location: All UK and some overseas The MDS training programme wide range of essential skills opportunities is a two-year, fast-track career • Comprehensive accredited path comprising practical ‘real job’ classroom learning and Application Closing Date: secondments combined with formal professional management Ongoing off-the-job training. MDS is not a qualifications recruitment agency. • Salary starts at £19,500 rising to £20,2500 in year two. Over 80 % our management training • Full coaching, mentoring and programme progress to a key support position of responsibility within the • Excellent career prospects membership, the remainder getting • We offer flexible start dates with at similar jobs within the industry. least two intakes a year. • Applications are considered Why Choose MDS? throughout the year and it is ONE of the biggest advantages of the sometimes possible to defer entry MDS programme is the opportunity if you are thinking of taking a break to experience several different jobs after university. at different companies, providing a wider understanding of the needs and What is MDS looking for? challenges facing the fresh food and • Graduates of any discipline, and produce industry. especially land-based, food related, FIND OUT MORE business, management, life MDS offers a first-class graduate sciences and languages training programme: • People who are self-starters, To find out more about highly-motivated and keen to opportunities at MDS visit: • Junior management positions in up succeed in a fast-moving to four different companies, with commercial environment http://www.mds-ltd.co.uk/ some overseas opportunities • People keen to develop a long-term content/3/Graduate- Intensive two-year programme career within the management of recruitment sees trainees complete four fresh produce six-month secondments to gain • Excellent inter-personal skills and broad experience and develop a leadership potential • Flexibility and mobility; trainees do not choose their secondments and need to re-locate every six months
    • EMPLOYER A - ZNational GridNational Grid’s role is to connect people to the energy they use. Society relies Number of Vacancies:on having energy at its finger tips: it is built on it and National Grid owns and 60manages the systems to which many different energy sources are connected.In Britain we run systems that deliver gas and electricity across the entire Work Offered:country. In the North Eastern states of the US, we provide power directly to • 6 career path Graduatemillions of customers. Holding a vital position at the centre of the energy • Development Programmessystem, National Grid join’s everything up. • Technical Engineer • Commercial AnalystThe energy market will dramatically These programmes offer you a • Finance Analystchange between now and 2015 fantastic insight into a number • Information Servicesand National Grid will play a vital of career paths within National • Procurement Buyerrole in connecting new sources of Grid that are crucial to its future • Property Managementenergy generation. The transition success. Each programme hasto a low carbon economy is set been designed to accelerate your See website for further information.against a background of increasing development by offering you key www.nationalgridcareers.com/population, changing economic experiences and knowledge in your Development-Opportunitiestimes and ageing power plants will relevant career paths, ensuring yoube unprecedented. This presents are ready and prepared to take on Entry Requirements:individuals with a tremendous this demanding role at the end of 2.1 or 2.2 degree –opportunity to work with the your training. (see website for the full list oflatest technology and ensure we degree disciplines against eachhave energy networks that will The training is a great blend of role)meet the future challenges. You technical specialism combinedcan be at the heart of one of the with business and commercial Location:greatest engineering challenges insight and fast enhancement of Across the UKfacing society; the creation of new your behavioural, personal andsustainable energy solutions for the managerial capabilities. Typically Application Closing Date:future. the sort of training you would only 31st January 2013 experience after a few years withAt National Grid we’re passionate an organisation. We believe that byabout our “grow our own strategy” investing in you now it will provideand our suite of GCSE to degree greater returns in the future. FIND OUT MORElevel career path developmentprogrammes. It’s little wonder thatthey are recognised for excellence Register your interest on-lineand innovation – after all, we’ve today and apply in full frombeen running some for well over 20 the 1st October 2012years - so they are some of the bestyou’ll find anywhere. You’ll need to be proactive through the recruitment process – apply early for these fantastic opportunities.
    • EMPLOYER A - Z SELEX Galileo GRADUATE SCHEME Transnational Graduate Development Programme Welcome to the Transnational Graduate Development Programme. Its aim Number of Vacancies: is to give you a flavour of the benefits and unique opportunities you can 36 expect by joining SELEX Galileo as a graduate within the UK and Italy. Part of the Finmeccanica group of companies, SELEX Galileo employs over 7,000 Work Offered: personnel and has operations in the UK, Italy and the United States. Graduate & Industrial Placements The two year scheme provides • Enriching your cultural awareness Entry Requirements: graduates with the best possible start • Possible opportunity to undertake 2:2 minimum (some categories 2:1) to their career, excellent prospects and placements/secondments between great development opportunities within UK and Italy and so gain maximum Location: the wider Finmeccanica Group, which exposure and experience over the 2 Southampton, Basildon, Luton, and employs over 73000 people world-wide. years. Edinburgh What is the Transnational Graduate How do we form part of the wider Application Closing Date: Development Programme? Finmeccanica Group? Open ended from launch in October The Transnational Graduate Graduates are made to feel part of Development Programme aims to the Finmeccanica Group through facilitate new Graduate’s induction exposure to the Finmeccanica Learning into the SELEX Galileo business and Induction Programme (FLIP) environment, providing a supportive which familiarises graduates joining transition between academic life and all Group companies across the world Industry. An accelerated programme with the business and mechanisms specifically tailored for graduates. It underpinning the corporate culture. places an emphasis on the importance of providing continuous training and Equal Opportunities Policy opportunities for career development SELEX Galileo is committed to an within a Transnational Company. Equality Policy in employment and, subject only to considerations of The programme consists of three national and international security, will elements: Local Based Modules, assess applicants for jobs fairly and International Module and the Graduate without regard to age, sex, sexual International Conference. orientation, disability, marital status, FIND OUT MORE race, colour, nationality, religion, ethnic What are the benefits of joining a or national origins. transnational programme? For further information, to • Building knowledge and awareness of Due to the sensitive nature of our work enquire on the progress of tools and processes within UK/Italy there are restrictions imposed upon your application or to report • Learning how to work within a some contracts and visibility of any successful organisation information related to them. Some technical problems with your • Understanding SELEX Galileo groups can have restrictions which may online application, please common values. limit their career development or their contact the Customer Support • Developing an effective international ability to work on specific projects. Team on 01772 677021 or email: network of colleagues across the selexhr@hr.xchanging.com. business.
    • EMPLOYER A - ZThe Training RoomTake the Fast Track to Success as a Personal TrainerToday, more and more people are taking an active interest in their own Number of Vacancies:health and fitness, which is why there has never been a better time to unlimitedconsider a career as a personal trainer. No-one can prepare you better forthe rigorous demands of the industry than The Training Room. Through Work Offered:our strong working relationships with all of the UK’s major health clubs, trainee personal traineryou’ll find yourself enjoying the financial and social rewards of your newcareer before you know it! Entry Requirements: no previous experience necessary, a passion for healthOur Promise to you Employment Opportunities and fitness is desiredAt the Training Room we are totally Unlike other training courses, ourcommitted to helping you become support doesn’t stop when you Location:a qualified personal trainer, in fact qualify. In fact from the day you nationwidewe promise to do everything we complete your course, we’ll providepossibly can to help you succeed. you with career opportunities Application Closing Date:That’s why not only do we provide and leads within the industry. openyou with the most thorough, What’s more, if you do fail to findprofessional training available in employment within 8 weeks ofthe UK, but we also offer you help, qualifying, one of our dedicated staffadvice and guidance at every step will work alongside you to help getof the way. your career started.Unlimited TrainingWe understand that each and everyone of our students is differentand that the amount of trainingneeded will vary from person toperson. That’s why, provided youshow a level of commitment, youcan attend as much training on asmany courses as you need until youqualify. And all at no extra charge. FIND OUT MOREFree re-sitsExams can be stressful enough,without the added worry of the cost Learn more aboutof re-sits. That’s why we are the the Training Room atUK’s only training company to offer www.thetrainingroom.comunlimited practical and theory re-sits, free of charge for life.
    • EMPLOYER A - Z WPP Group WPP is one of the world’s leading communications services groups. WPP’s Number of Vacancies: worldwide companies include JWT, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Y&R, Grey, Various United, GroupM, Mindshare, Mediaedge:cia, MediaCom, Millward Brown, TNS, Kantar Media, OgilvyOne Worldwide, Wunderman, OgilvyAction, Hill Work Offered: & Knowlton, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Burson-Marsteller, Cohn Graduate & Wolfe, CommonHealth, Sudler & Hennessey, Ogilvy Healthworld, ghg, Landor, FITCH, The Brand Union and G2 among others. Entry Requirements: 2:1 minimum Their specialist skills include WPP companies provide advertising; media investment communications services to clients Location: management; consumer insight; worldwide including more than 336 UK public relations & public affairs; of the Fortune Global 500, 29 of the branding & identity; healthcare Dow Jones 30, 61 of the NASDAQ Application Closing Date: communications; direct, digital, 100 and 35 of the Fortune e-50. 08th November 2012 promotion & relationship marketing; Our companies work with over 700 and specialist communications. clients in three disciplines, more They are all in business to than 440 clients in four disciplines contribute to the success of their and nearly 310 clients in six or more clients. And they do so through a countries. demanding combination of flair and slog; intuition and logic; left brain Collectively, WPP employs 146,000 and right brain. people (including associates) in almost 2,400 offices in 107 countries. FIND OUT MORE Visit the WPP website and apply online at www.wpp.com