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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.

Don't panic! It's never too late to start your job hunt

If you've been putting off your graduate job hunt because you don't know where to begin, here's how to get started.

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Fun, prospects or money: what are you looking for?

What motivates you? Here are some ideas for careers that might satisfy your aspirations, whether you want to help people, travel, earn a big salary right from the start or create a lasting legacy.

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Matching yourself to the job

It's not all about whether you are right for the job, but also whether the job is right for you. Here's what to look out for as you consider your options and start to work out what you want to do when you graduate.

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What are the top 10 skills that'll get you a job when you graduate?

Have you got the key skills graduate employers look for? You'll need to give examples of these essential competencies in your job applications and interviews to impress recruiters and get hired.

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I have a degree, now what?

If you don't know what career you want when you graduate, you may have more options than you think. There are jobs in law, finance, IT and management that are open to graduates from any degree background.

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At a glance guide to selection methods used by graduate recruiters

Graduate employers use a range of methods to recruit graduates. Our overview gives quick tips for each type of assessment.

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How to job hunt if you get a 2.2 when you graduate

Find out about the employers who are open to applications from graduates with 2.2 degrees.

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Career tactics for women: from internship to job to promotion

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.

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How long should I stay in my first job?

Whether you are just beginning to think about your career, have had your first job offer or have already started working, there are lots of ways to make sure that you stay in your first job for a length of time that suits you.

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Six tips for structuring your job hunt after graduation

How to stay motivated, organise your time and maintain a healthy balance in your life while applying for jobs after university.

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Why your student debt doesn't exist

Get clued up on how student loans work and what this means for you and your graduate career choices.

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Career benefits of being bilingual

Are you bilingual? Find out how being fluent in a second language could benefit your career when you graduate and get inspired by our job hunting advice.

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Jobs with integrity: the only way is ethics

All jobs involve some ethical dilemmas, but here’s what to consider if you want a job with integrity.

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The best careers you've never heard of

Thinking through your job options and want some inspiration? Here's our pick of the best off-the-beaten-path career choices.

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The eight ways your friends can help you on your job hunt

If you’re job hunting, look to your friends for support and inspiration. We’ve listed the eight ways they could help you at different stages of your job search.

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Jobs that could shape the future

What jobs will be in high demand in the future? See our three sets of predictions on the graduate jobs of the coming years.

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Moving back home after uni: how to make it easier for everyone

Eight tips – from recent graduates and a parent – to help you out with this phase of graduate life.

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Creative careers for graduates

Find out about jobs in the creative industries and learn how both arts and science degrees can lead to careers where you use your creativity.

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Where in the UK are you most likely to get a graduate job?

Find out about where you are most likely to be offered a graduate job in the UK and beyond.

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Getting a graduate job when you have dyslexia

Find out about the adjustments employers can make to the application process and how to present dyslexia as an asset.

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Changing or leaving your course

Our practical advice will help you consider the options before leaving or changing your course and understand the steps involved to make the right decisions.

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Your foundation degree... what next?

Pick up tips for job hunting with a foundation degree and explore options for further study, including taking a top-up course to gain a full honours degree.

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Your HND… what next?

Find out how a HND can help you into your chosen career and explore options for further study.

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Tips from the top! Executives and graduates share secrets of success

We’ve collected job hunting tips from executives and recent graduates working for some of the UK’s most popular employers so you can learn from their success.

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What is a graduate job?

What's the difference between a graduate job, a graduate scheme and an entry-level job? Understanding your options is a vital step towards the career you want.

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Help! I'm struggling to find a job after graduation

It's easy to get disheartened if you're struggling to find work after finishing at university. Read on for tips on how to structure your graduate job hunt.

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How will Brexit affect your graduate job hunt?

Find out what Brexit could mean for the graduate job market and your future career, and pick up tips for discussing Brexit in applications, interviews and at assessment centres.

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Career inspiration: what famous people did with their degrees

Need some ideas for what to do after university? Don't miss our at-a-glance guide to the famous graduates who studied your degree subject.

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Green careers: find a graduate job that helps the environment

Do you want a job that will help save the planet? Find out about the range of green careers available and how employers are becoming more environmentally friendly.

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What lies ahead for your job hunt in 2019? Your questions answered

Brexit, virtual reality, tricky interview questions and finally, a salary – but how much? We look into the TARGETjobs crystal ball to predict what could be in store for your graduate job hunt over the next twelve months.

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The ultimate guide to graduate job hunting jargon

Do you know your COP from your CSR? Use our jargon buster to get to grips with terms you might come across as you hunt for graduate jobs.

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How far is your apple from the tree – are you following in your family’s footsteps?

Whether you are chasing a similar career to your parents or breaking with tradition, your upbringing may influence your choice of job more than you realise.

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