Want to get on a graduate scheme? Here is how to start your search
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Searching for a graduate job is daunting. After three or four years of university seminars and assignments, you would think that you would feel prepared for the world of work. Quite the contrary - unless you have made a conscious effort to make an appointment with a careers service or by chance conversed with a career-conscious coursemate, it is unlikely that you are well-informed on the process of applying for and securing a graduate job. Contrary to the popular myth that graduate schemes are exclusive to career areas such as banking or law, there are many graduate programmes tailored to different industries - including creative ones. Graduate programmes run in career areas such as media or marketing, as well as engineering, or accounting and finance, and such schemes are easily accessible to students online.
Credit: energepic.com on PexelsPerhaps the most daunting aspect of finding and securing a graduate job is the wealth of information and advice out there, which makes applying for a graduate scheme seem like a mammoth task. In reality, applying to a graduate scheme does not have to take up your every waking hour. Undoubtedly, discovering a graduate scheme compatible with your skills, qualifications, and visions takes research and diligence, however, a helpful aid to your graduate job search is the student recruitment site TheBigChoice.com, which sorts programmes by industry and location for you, and provides expert career guidance. Naturally, different graduate employers are looking for different types of people with varying skills and interests. However, as experts at TheBigChoice.com advise, employers are trained to detect potential in candidate applications, so it is crucial to focalise your unique skillset through presenting tangible examples of how you have demonstrated qualities such as computing, leadership, and problem-solving. According to career experts, some of the most sought-after skills are effective communication and negotiation, self-motivation, and teamwork. Less obvious but highly desirable to employers is a sound commercial awareness, best mastered through work experience. Commercial awareness spans from a wide understanding of the chosen company’s position in the market and its relationship to its clients. Other advantageous skills such as research can be easily demonstrated through work undertaken within a degree. When beginning your graduate job search, it is beneficial to have a career area in mind to narrow down your options. However, investigating graduate schemes outside of traditional routes and saturated industries can make your job search more lucrative.
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