For graduates looking to launch their career and make a start in the world of work, there is an immense choice of industry sectors and professions - and, to some extent, location. Employers recognise that suitably qualified university graduates will become the next generation of professionals, managers and leaders and look for high calibre former students who are qualified and motivated. Many larger companies such as retailers and accountancy practices also run graduate special summer schemes and internships, offering a chance to get to know the potential employer while gaining useful skills and experience. These boards offer a rapid start for those who are newly out of university, with positions available in many sectors including:
Engineering and information technology.
Banking and audit.
Medical and dental.
Communications and PR.
Property and surveying.
Web development and digital marketing.
Merchandising and exports.
Graduate Jobs Education Requirements
For technical and specialist careers, the strongest job applications will be supported by a relevant degree. In business, studies based on communication, marketing and accounting help secure that first vacancy. Alternatively, other employers may value a high general level of education as evidenced by a university degree, without requiring a specific subject.
Graduate Jobs Market
Graduate jobs are currently in ample supply nationwide from Edinburgh and Newcastle in the north to Bristol and the south coast, particularly centred on London, Birmingham and Manchester. Cambridge and Leeds also offer numerous listings.
Graduate Jobs Salary Information
Depending on the degree background, graduates have various opportunities. Teaching assistant jobs currently offer starting salaries between £10,698 and £14,991 (midpoint £12,707), depending on area. Packages for graduate software engineers vary from £27,032 to £43,119 with an average of £33,890 while civil engineer jobs offer from £23,197 to £26,803, with a mean of £25,141. All these figures are UK averages.