Published: 20 January 2014

Graduate job opportunities on the rise

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Richard Finch from the Employability and Educational Opportunities team has been looking at trends for graduate recruitment and how internships can improve your employment prospects:

Research published recently indicates that the number of jobs available to students graduating in 2014 will rise to a seven-year high, but that thousands of opportunities will be open only to those  applicants who have previously undertaken internships, placements or work experience for the organisations.

“The study, by High Fliers Research, is based on a survey of the 100 leading graduate recruiters, and suggests that companies are looking to boost recruitment levels significantly for the first time since the economic downturn seven years ago.

“2014 will see a large rise in the number of job vacancies for graduates, with over 18,000 being advertised for students completing their studies this year – up 8.7 per cent in 12 months, and the highest number of vacancies since 2007.

“The largest increase will be seen in the public sector, mainly through the Teach First scheme, which is now the largest recruiter of graduates in the country with 1,550 vacancies this year. This is followed by PwC with 1,200 and Deloitte with 1,000 vacancies.

“The study also shows that there will be a large increase in the number of paid placements and internships available for current university students, with over 11,000 placements on offer this year.

“However, it is becoming increasingly important that students make the most of these opportunities, with companies stating that 4-in-10 positions being advertised for graduates in 2014 would be reserved for those with previous experience at the company.

“The study also shows the importance of work experience in general, stating that: ‘Over half the recruiters who took part in the research repeated their warnings that graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process and have little or no chance of receiving a job offer for their graduate programmes.”

By Richard Finch

For help finding and applying for internships, work experience and graduate jobs, please get in touch with the Careers and Employability Service.

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