Times Top 100, Prospects Student Career Guide and Guardian Top 300 – all shiny, appealing and ready for you to pick up at the Careers Service – so which one to choose?
Times Top 100: Over 18,000 final year students were asked “which employer do you think offers the best opportunities for graduates?” The 100 organisations most frequently mentioned make up this listing. Whether through the perceived quality of their training programmes, the business success that they enjoy, the scale of their graduate recruitment, or by the impression that their on-campus promotions have made – these are the employers who seemed most attractive to the students surveyed. Not a light read, and heavy on the statistics – a business-like approach.
Guardian Top 300 – three times as many employers feature, and they’re selected on the basis of a massive 52,000 responses to a student survey. This title presents itself as the ‘most comprehensive picture of students’ feelings about employers.’ So if you like to feel you’re part of the bigger picture this one could really appeal to you. It shows not just the most popular 300 graduate recruiters overall, but also the top employers within 19 individual career sectors.
Prospects Student Career Guide offers an easy read, with a magazine-feel to it and a more relaxed vibe…It doesn’t attempt to rank employers so there’s no discussion of methodology. Fewer employers are featured, but it’s an interesting range; and there’s a feature on ‘the benefits of working with a small business’ – useful to be aware of, given the very high number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The Rising Stars features give graduates’ views on what they wish they’d known when they started work – nice personal insights.
So come along and take your pick – or have one of each if you like. And here’s an important message! Besides these directories, think about the many other ways of finding a graduate job – because grad schemes aren’t by any means the only option out there; and in fact for some types of work they’re not the answer at all. Look at our website for more ideas.