Leading Graduate Career Trends Of 2016



The signs of continued growth in the UK’s recruitment industry indicates that there has never been a better time to be graduating from university and taking the first step of the journey towards a fulfilling and prosperous career.

A survey conducted by AGCAS in 2015, reported that the graduate labour market increased in 2015 on previous years and is in its healthiest state since the recession with graduate opportunities showing improvement in five key areas:

Information Technology

Accounting, banking and finance

Business consulting and management

Marketing advertising and PR

Engineering and manufacturing

Dr Bob Gilworth – AGCAS Director of Research and Director of College Careers Services at The Careers Group, University of London – lauds the impact of the survey in an interview on the AGCAS website:
“Virtually all of the careers services responding to the survey have their own vacancy services, handling thousands of graduate jobs including, but by no means restricted to, the major graduate recruiters featured in other market surveys. Indeed, the sector profile of our survey reflects the very real impact of the inclusion of the many opportunities with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and differs, therefore, from other national surveys which focus exclusively on the largest graduate recruiters.”

Never too Early

Graduates who postpone their search for an internship or graduate scheme until after they have left education could find themselves at a considerable disadvantage. In his article for The Guardian, Nic Paton writes that it is advisable to set a strategy for your long term career much sooner, sighting that gaining valuable work experience whilst studying can gain a candidate a sizeable advantage.
Barclays Bank offer a Spring Insight for first year university students and Christina Kerr – head of campus marketing and university relations at Barclays Bank – concurs with his viewpoint that it is never too early to start your career search:
“Students are seeking opportunities earlier and earlier, and this is now matched by employers who are targeting graduates right from the first term and sometimes even before, so leaving your career search until the final year is probably not the wisest course of action.”
Gaining work experience with a company during the early years of university study is a practice that Ashley Hever – UK and Ireland talent acquisition manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car – is also an advocate of:
“Yes, the degree is important, it’s not the only thing. It’s just as important that you get involved on campus, that you join societies, do volunteering, gain work experience and do internships,”


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The TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment rewards are the world’s largest student-driven graduate awards. The awards were chosen from an estimated 52,000 students from 126 universities.
Some of the key findings from the research show the mind-set of graduates towards their prospects of finding a career in 2016.

62 % believe finding a job this year will be challenging – this is a decrease on last year.

Graduates would expect a starting salary of £24,500 – a greatly improved outlook since the years of recession.

Graduates’ consideration of company culture over starting salary has increased by 5% in the last four years.

The most popular graduate recruiters are also highlighted, with Google being the most favoured recruiter in the IT industry and IBM preferred as having the best apprenticeship programme.

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