Graduate Jobs Formula, The: Improve your employability and land your dream career




240 pages
15 MAY 2010


Want to maximise your employability? Are you worried about your job prospects after graduation? Did you know there are 80 graduates fighting for every graduate job? The Graduate Jobs Formula is the new bible for students and graduates who want to know how to get their dream job after graduation. For many students the process of applying for a job after university can be a frightening prospect - and there are 80 applicants for every job! In today's job climate competition is tough and many companies are cutting back on graduate recruitment schemes, so to maximise your chances of getting the job, and career, you want, the Graduate Jobs Formula reveals how. This handbook is full of hard facts on maximising your employability, statistics, case studies of real graduates in employment and advice from its author, Paul Redmond, one of the UK's leading graduate destination experts. If you follow his tried and tested job formula you will ensure that no matter what your degree is you can be confident that you too will find a great job once you graduate. Graduate Jobs looks at the obstacles that might get in your way and the ways in which you can make yourself more employable - with this information you are equipped to start applying for jobs confidently and, more importantly, land that career that you really want.


Contents Foreword Introduction: Get your career into gear The quest for employability Section 1: Employability: Graduates and the changing world of work Chapter 1: A brief history of employability Defining the `graduate' job Chapter 2: Re-Imagining the graduate job market What jobs are on offer? What do employers look for from graduates? Which way to the graduate job market? The Top 10 skills on every recruiter's shopping list Chapter 3: Old school ties - the importance of where you study The Russell Group Universities and future earnings The People's Republic of Students The War for Talent Chapter 4: Graduate destinations The `Crunch Factor' Calculating the benefits of postgraduate study How many graduates get `graduate' jobs? Who are the most employable - men or women? Enter the dragon's den: becoming your own boss Exploring the jobs that graduates do Chapter 5: Show me the money! What do graduates earn? The Great Brain Robbery Chapter 6: Where in the UK are graduate jobs located? Section 2: Qualifications Degree subjects with the best (and worst) starting salaries Business Social Sciences Medicine and Health Sciences Languages Subjects in this category include Humanities Creative arts Section 3: Work Experience Measuring the benefits Experience your own future The six-month interview Product-testing Applying for placements and internships Section 4: Strategies Chapter 7: Applications and CVs Effective applications Preparing for Interviews Predictable Interview Questions The secret of the perfect interview Striking the right tone Telephone Interviews Assessment Centres Psychometric Tests Section 5: Contacts Chapter 8: The final component in the formula The original social networking The Franklin Syndrome How to build a network The importance of a business card Information interviewing Conclusion: what E = Q + WE + S x C tells you about the new world of work What to do if you still don't know what to do! The Formula Checklist Glossary Further reading Tables TABLE1: GRADUATE JOB MARKETS 'BC' AND 'AD' TABLE 2: THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EMPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYABILITY TABLE 3: THE NEW CATEGORIES OF GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT (SOURCE: ELIAS AND PURCELL) TABLE 4: TYPE OF GRADUATE VACANCIES OFFERED BY LEADING UK EMPLOYERS IN 2010 (SOURCE: HIGH FLIERS) TABLE 5: AN OVERVIEW OF DIFFERENT GRADUATE RECRUITMENT MARKETS TABLE 6: THE SIX CATEGORIES OF UK UNIVERSITIES TABLE 7: UNIVERSITIES TARGETED BY THE LARGEST NUMBER OF TOP EMPLOYERS IN 2010 (SOURCE: HIGH FLIERS) TABLE 8: THE CHANGING REALITY OF WORK TABLE 9: THREE-YEAR COMPARISON OF GRADUATE DESTINATIONS (SOURCE: AGCAS) FIGURE 10: AN OVERVIEW OF UK GRADUATE DESTINATIONS (SOURCE: AGCAS) TABLE 11: WHAT GRADUATES FROM DIFFERENT MODES OF STUDY DO TABLE 12: PROPORTION OF GRADUATES EMPLOYED IN DIFFERENT TYPES OF JOBS (SOURCE: AGCAS) TABLE 13: DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MALE AND FEMALE GRADUATES' EARLY CAREER EXPERIENCES TABLE14 DEGREE SUBJECTS WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBERS OF 2007-08 GRADUATES BECOMING SELF-EMPLOYED (SOURCE: HESA)* TABLE15 GRADUATE / NON-GRADUATE LEVEL EMPLOYMENT, SIX-MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION (2004-07) TABLE16 TOP 10 AVERAGE SALARIES BY TYPE OF WORK TABLE 17: PERCENTAGES OF WOMEN AND MEN IN SELECTED JOB SECTORS (NWRDA, 2005) TABLE 18: GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION OF UK 2007-08 GRADUATES (HESA) TABLE 19 LOCATION OF GRADUATE VACANCIES AT LEADING UK EMPLOYERS (SOURCE: HIGH FLIERS) TABLE 20: DEGREE SUBJECTS WITH THE HIGHEST (AND LOWEST) EMPLOYMENT, FURTHER STUDY, AND UNEMPLOYMENT (SOURCE: AGCAS) TABLE 21: TOP 10 DEGREES WITH THE HIGHEST STARTING SALARIES (SOURCE: HESA) TABLE 22: DEGREE SUBJECTS WITH THE LOWEST STARTING SALARIES (SOURCE: HESA) TABLE 23: TOP 5 JOB CATEGORIES FOR BUSINESS GRADUATES (SOURCE: AGCAS) TABLE 24: FIRST DESTINATIONS OF UK GRADUATES (2007-08) FROM BUSINESS-RELATED COURSES (SOURCE: AGCAS) TABLE 25: FIRST DESTINATIONS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE GRADUATES IN 2008 (SOURCE: AGCAS) TABLE 26: STARTING SALARIES FOR 2008 SOCIAL SCIENCE GRADUATES (SOURCE: HESA) TABLE 27: FIRST DESTINATIONS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE GRADUATES IN 2008 (SOURCE: AGCAS) TABLE 28: THE TOP 5 JOB CATEGORIES FOR LANGUAGE GRADUATES (SOURCE: AGCAS) TABLE 29: FIRST DESTINATIONS OF CREATIVE ARTS GRADUATES (SOURCE: HESA) TABLE 30: WEAPONS OF MASS REJECTION (1999-2009) TABLE 31: TEN WAYS THAT A BAD CV CAN DAMAGE YOUR EMPLOYABILITY