Being competitive and strategic for graduate success

  10th July 2013      
 Company News, Employment

If you are a graduate and fancy a career start in Engineering, energy or telecommunications then you are in luck and have chosen wisely. Graduate recruitment has shown a massive downturn this summer as students look to get on to the career ladder with a 4% overall slump in available opportunities.

A survey by The Association of Graduate Recruiter (AGR) reported this week that for every application, 85 people are fighting for the same vacancy.
University leavers hoping to land a role at a consulting or business services company may find it easier, the survey shows over 36% increase in the number of vacancies available in 2012/13 compared to 2011/12.

These small pockets of growth are encouraging for the job market overall but for those wanting to head into finance or banking, as well as accountancy, fast moving consumables and the legal sector, job growth is still sluggish and openings for these areas are few and far between, however growth in one sector usually kick-starts another industries success.

The pockets of growth are noted geographical too suggesting that more jobs are opening up in certain areas of the country, outside of London, where opportunities still remain high, an increase in vacancies are shown  in the South East, the West Midlands and Scotland.

AGR’s Stephen Isherwood said ‘Overall, vacancies are slightly down on last year and there is no salary growth. However, we can take comfort from the fact that the graduate recruitment industry is still investing heavily in their graduate intakes.

He continued “With these results in mind, my message to students is do not despair; graduate employers are broadly hiring the same number of graduates as they did before the credit crunch hit. Be competitive and strategic in your approach to applications – and keep persevering.”

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