Students, Apply for Graduate Jobs Now

Students, Apply for Graduate Jobs Now

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How students can get ready to be applying for graduate jobs now

Are you currently in your final year at university? If you are, then obviously you need to concentrate primarily on your studies, and on obtaining the best degree classification you possibly can. However, it may also be worthwhile to start thinking about life after graduation. Many students wait until they have left university before applying for post-graduation jobs, but you can get a head start on the competition by taking some simple steps now.

Think about what career you think you might want to do. This can be a difficult one for anyone who has spent the vast majority of their life in education, as you may not even be aware of the existence of some of the career options open to you. However, some starting points might be: what roles do graduates in your subject typically go into, and what other roles have you heard about that you think might be interesting and rewarding?

Make contact with your university careers service. A careers adviser should be able to suggest careers that might match your skills and academic background, and can also give you more information on what a particular career might involve. Most universities also have some form of vacancies bulletin, so if you have some idea of what you want to do, you can start applying for roles that will start after you have graduated.

Make a realistic assessment of your likely degree class. If you apply for a role before you have graduated, the recruiter is likely to want to know what your final result is likely to be. Many university degrees are modular in nature, so in these circumstances it may be easier to work out what result you are on track to receive. If your course involves the traditional all-important ‘finals’, then working this out may be harder, but still take care to give a realistic prediction of what you might achieve.

Draft your CV. Before you apply for any roles, ensure you have a professional CV which states the subjects you are studying, the name of your university and your expected degree class. Then ensure that the document explains all the skills you can offer to a prospective employer – these skills may have been acquired via work experience, through your studies or through the wider university experience (e.g clubs, societies, student committees.)

Find out about any ‘milkround’ assessments. Find out from the careers service which companies will be visiting your campus, and if there are any you would particularly like to work for and/or who will be offering the type of roles you are seeking, register your interest in attending these assessments. If you attend a smaller or less prestigious university, major employers are less likely to visit on the ‘milkround’, and you will need to apply to them directly.

Register with a recruitment agency that specialises in your intended career. In addition to using the university careers service, an agency can put you in touch with graduate recruiters, and offer tips on your CV and on interview techniques.

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