2015’s graduates have 16% more jobs to choose from

Thanks to Sarah Allbeson for this post giving an interesting update on the graduate job market for 2015 leavers – Rebecca

Great news was reported this week about the graduate job market. 2015’s graduates have got 16% more jobs to choose from than 2014’s university leavers.

The latest UK Job Market Report from Adzuna found that there were 15,825 graduate-specific advertised vacancies in May 2015 and the number of graduate entry-level roles is even pushing up the total number of advertised vacancies across the UK labour market.

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, said: “A wave of freshly-minted graduates are about to join the jobs market, and the number of vacancies has risen, affording them more opportunities. Employers are clearly keen to build their junior staff… It’s a sign that British businesses are gearing up for the future – we’re moving beyond the short-term firefighting tactics of the early recovery and into steady investment in our future talent.” [Source article and further details at http://www.ri5.co.uk]

But if somehow this news doesn’t make you feel like celebrating then I might have an idea why. Careers advisers often see students and graduates who are grateful not to be limited by economic forces – but who are at the same time struggling with the level of choice available to them. In the UK, graduates are not restricted by the subject they have studied. Up to 60% of graduate employers will accept graduates of any discipline so whether you have studied English Literature or Engineering, German or Geosciences, your options are potentially very broad. Choice can be empowering and the breadth and depth of the options available to graduates is positive, but it does highlight the importance of career planning.

So if 16% more jobs makes you feel like a rabbit in the headlights about what you are going to do next, then try using the resources at the Careers Service for support.

Figuring out your career – has questionnaires and thought-provoking exercises to get you thinking about your strengths, interests and values and how these might influence your career choice

Internships and work experience – provides practical sources of opportunities and advice on creating your own work experience. This is one of the most positive things you can do to gain insight into your future career choice

International Experience and Volunteering – provides lots of ideas for working or studying abroad and completing voluntary work both in the UK and internationally

Guide to occupations – has information at a high-level about different jobs and sectors, and you can drill down for more detailed job profiles if you find something interesting

What you can do with your degree – looks at common career paths for graduates who have studied your subject and also includes the destinations of previous graduates from your course

And please don’t hesitate to book an appointment to talk to a Careers Consultant – we see students from 1st year to 4th year, postgraduates and graduates up to 2 years after graduation.

Having 16% more jobs to choose from is great news.  Invest in some career planning so you can benefit from it!

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