Career planning advice for students and graduates
All careers are built up in steps and this part of targetjobs.co.uk covers the first stages in choosing a graduate career and seeking out your first job after graduation. It’s all about getting ideas about jobs by knowing your career options, exploring your skills and understanding your motivation, and then, of course, knowing where to look for graduate opportunities. Dip in, whatever stage you’re at. Even if you feel you’re up against a wall having left graduate job hunting and career plans a little late, covering the basics is the best way to boost your confidence and get back on track. If you need some extra help to get started, try the TARGETjobs Careers Report to explore some options and clarify your strengths.
If you've been putting off your graduate job-hunt because you don't know where to begin and you think it is too late, now is the time to take stock and get started.
Even those who don’t know what career to go for will have a good idea of what they want from it. But are you looking for prestige or power, money or fun? You decide.
With so many graduates now on the market, employers will look for evidence of skills and work experience, which will make you stand out from the crowd. Start gathering them now or work on what you've got so you are ready to impress recruiters.
Graduate employers use a range of methods in the recruitment selection process. Take a look at our guide to the types of job interview and activities you might face and get some quick tips.
Not all graduate employers specify that they want applicants to have a 2.1. If you're concerned about how a 2.2 will affect your chances, our advice will help you make the most of your degree.
Whether you’re trying to turn your internship into a graduate job offer or climb the career ladder in a permanent job, know how to increase your chances of success.
Find out about graduate employment in different parts of the UK and the rest of the world, and the graduate starting salaries on offer.
Kyle McQueen, the Rising Star winner at the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards, shares his tips on how to get a place on a top graduate scheme.
More help from TARGETjobs
- Work experience and internships advice
- In depth advice on main graduate careers and professions
- Guide to graduate schemes and graduate training
- Employer hubs: info on graduate employers and tips to get hired
- Get the Inside Buzz on graduate recruiters: graduate and intern employer reviews
- Graduate job search
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