Graduate recruitment

Graduate recruitment specialist Milkround has just published its Graduate Career Confidence Report. For me the highlight of the survey is that 71% of all respondents reported that their main concern about finding a graduate job is the level of competition.

Other main concerns were attributed to there being too few graduate jobs available, along with concerns surrounding a lack of relevant experience.

This does bring back memories for me! When I graduated almost 20 years ago to the day, when memories of the early 90s recession, 15% interest rates and Black Wednesday were still fresh, competition was at the forefront of my mind too. I wish someone had told me not to worry. Once I got myself a job working for a big brand US PC maker, I was shocked to find how little competition there was. There were plenty of people to compete with but I was surprised at how little effort my peers were prepared to exert to get on and progress. I found that most people were lazy, work-shy and indifferent to their career prospects, and were instead focused on their social lives and having a laugh. Climbing the career ladder was tough but easier than I had imagined thanks to the lack of competition.

In terms of concerns around experience, my perspective as a recruiter of young people is that they should get as much as they reasonably can. I don’t expect young people to have the appropriate experience in the job they’re applying for, but I do think it’s bad when they haven’t done much in their lives. I do interview people who have done their GCSEs and A Levels who have never had a Saturday job. When I ask them what they did all summer when they were 16 and 17 and the answer is ‘nothing’ or ‘had a rest’ I find that difficult to come back from. On the other hand if candidates have worked in shops, restaurants, pubs, clubs or call centres then I know they will have good experience of dealing with money, people, prioritising, work politics and work ethics, and this usually counts for quite a lot.

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Caroline Saunders

As SilverDoor’s Head of Marketing, Caroline always has her finger on the pulse with trends that cover marketing, relocation, business news, serviced apartment news and all things SilverDoor. You’ll find Caroline on a variety of social media platforms, providing commentary on SilverDoor, the marketing world and news that you need to know.