Graduates Must Step Up To Job Security

Graduates Must Step Up To Job Security

With more people applying to university than ever before, a good degree can no longer guarantee graduates a well-paid, interesting career.

The head of the universities admissions service’s warning comes in the week of A-Level results and is backed by Charles McKenzie Associates who is working with graduates to ensure they are best placed to buck the trend and seek employment.

Ms Cook also stated that graduates should now expect to come into the workplace at a relatively low level and develop through hard work. This includes doing different job roles over a couple of years before establishing a niche that takes them onto their own career path.

She added: “The expectation that your degree entitles you to a job and rapid progression in the workplace is wrong, you still have to prove yourself.”

The news comes as pupils and parents nervously await A-Level results with a record number of students expected to enrol on university courses this autumn. Cook’s advice for graduates is to take any job and gain invaluable work experience.

The scale of the task for graduates will also be illustrated by the release of research by The Edge Foundation, which suggests that half of all first degree graduates secured professional jobs within six months of graduating and earned less than £20,000 a year.

Adam Michaelson, Team Manager at Charles McKenzie Associates added: “There is no denying that the situation is tough for graduates seeking employment, as having the degree is no longer enough to stand out from the crowd, especially in financial recruitment.

“Our clients, especially post recession, have very high expectations, expecting a great deal of commitment, personal ambition and an ability to hit the ground running. This is something we instil in all graduates looking for a job, right from having the perfect CV through interview skills, and even then encourage them to prove themselves first and gain the invaluable experience at which point they are more likely to receive the higher salaries and desired positions.”

Blog based on interview with Mary Curnock Cook, printed in the Sunday Times, dated 09.08.15