With all the talk of tuition fees dominating the news, many university leavers seeking graduate jobs can breathe a sigh of relief. After all, having graduated means that they have missed having to pay the higher fees for which later years may be liable. The question is, though, are there enough graduate jobs available for those seeking work? The information provided on job sites can help provide the answer.
The fact that so many people are still looking to attend university should give an indication of the fact that, for those who have graduated, finding a job needn’t be too difficult.
The global economic crisis of the past two years finally looks to be coming to an end, albeit slowly but surely. The good news for those seeking work is that unemployment is finally on the decline, with job prospects, particularly for graduates, now looking a lot brighter.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed that unemployment has fallen from 7.8 per cent to 7.7 per cent over the past three months. While this is hardly a staggering decrease, it does show that the economy is moving in the right direction and that things are looking up.
There are several reasons why finding work for graduates is getting easier. One is that an increasing number of graduates have work experience. Even if this is not included as a specific part of a degree course, it is often encouraged by universities. It is this work experience which can encourage employers to hire graduates. Even though some experience may be for relatively short periods of time, it helps to show potential employers that you have managed to juggle both work and study.
Another benefit for graduates seeking jobs is the fact that many employers are willing to look outside a certain degree topic when hiring. For example, someone leaving university with a degree in engineering may find themselves employed in the IT sector, or someone who has studied media may find a role in customer service.
There is now no need to think your options are limited just because you're leaving university with a degree in a specific subject. Although some employers may want an applicant to have a degree in a relevant topic, this is not always the case.
Online recruitment means it’s also easier not only for graduates to try and find the right job, but also get useful tips on how to maximise their opportunities. Help with writing a good CV and finding the right jobs on offer is available at most job sites, which can be particularly useful if you’ve just left university and have little experience of job hunting. Many job sites even offer a salary calculater to work out just how much you can potentially earn.
In the past, job seeking was extremely limited as it often meant trawling through newspapers or visiting the job centre and waiting in long queues. Now however, there are countless sites offering not just all the necessary information regarding vacancies but also the right advice.
It’s not just developing and enhancing your CV that job sites can help with, there’s also advice on writing covering letters and how to impress interviewers. Job sites can also make job searching much quicker and more effective.
Some graduates seeking work may decide that a part time job is the best option. A part time job can hold many advantages as it allows you the time to look for the right full time job while still earning.
Now is the right time to start looking for part time work as vacancies have reached a record high, according to recent reports. If you’re still studying or even just want to supplement your income, then part time employment may be the best option.
Many part time jobs are available in the retail sector, which is usually always willing and eager to take on graduates or those still studying. There is also the option of having more than one part time job, providing you can find the right balance. With many part time jobs being around the 16 to 20 hours per week mark, there’s no reason why you can’t have more than one.
There’s also the option of temporary or seasonal work, which can again hold certain advantages. If, for example, you’ve recently graduated and have your heart set on a certain career, then you may need to wait until the right opportunity becomes available. A temporary job could well be preferable to sitting around and not earning money or claiming benefits.
For starters, you can obviously earn money while you look for the right job without having the difficulty of telling an employer you may not be around long term, which will always limit your chances. A temporary job also allows you to gain some valuable work experience, regardless of whether it’s in the field you wish to enter long term. Employers will always be more impressed with applicants who seem more active when it comes to working and finding work.
With Christmas almost upon us, there is always plenty of seasonal work available, much of which is in the retail sector.
With the economic downturn now looking like it may be finally coming to an end and with the festive season around the corner there, are more job opportunities available for both graduates and non graduates. With lots of help on offer from job sites, there can be no excuses for not taking advantage of the job finding benefits that are available online.
For graduates who’ve recently left university now is the time to try and make the most of your degree. Part time work may be the best option for both those still studying or searching for their ideal role and wishing to start earning.
Indeed, whatever your chosen career path, for graduates there has never been a better time to make the most of your degree. There’s enough help available online to make it easier than ever before.