Advice from Graduate Employers…


On 3 February, Jenny Cole, Graduate Employment Co-ordinator, and Sheryl Cruickshank, Employment Adviser, attended the AGR Student Recruitment Trade Show in London (AGR is the Association of Graduate Recruiters).  This event brought together employers, recruiters and universities from around the country and provided a great opportunity for SHU to showcase our talented students and graduates.  We exhibited alongside ten other Modern Universities of the North, and spoke to many employers about the skills, talent and experience SHU candidates can bring to their businesses.

AGR stand

Key messages from graduate recruiters

Alongside showcasing SHU talent, we spent time networking with graduate recruiters. This is what they said about the graduate labour market:

  • graduate vacancies are up 11.9% this year
  • there are around 70 applicants per vacancy
  • top 5 growth areas are IT/Telecoms, Public, Construction, Engineering/Industry and Investment Banking

We also spoke to employers to find out what they are really looking for in applicants during the application process.  This is what they said:

We need a balance of knowledge and employability skills”

“Students need to demonstrate drive and resilience”

“Show energy and enthusiasm in interviews”

“Awareness of the scope of roles within the sector”

“Extra-curricular activities bring breadth to applications and provide more interesting examples at interview.”

“If you get to assessment centre, rest well and be yourself.”

Overall students navigating the graduate recruitment process should do lots of research and be prepared.  The Careers and Employment service is here to help you throughout the application process, so make the most of it! Follow this link to find out what the service offers: