The 2015 edition of What do Graduates do? shows the graduate employment rate is 76.6% (up from 75.6% in 2014) and unemployment rates are down at 6.3%, the lowest level since before the recession. The number of graduates entering professional jobs has also risen to 68.2% which is a great sign that graduates are entering roles which reflect their ability.
So does this mean it is now easy to get a graduate job?
It is still a very competitive job market out there, and to get the career you want, you need to be ready.
Here are 3 top tips for boosting your employability during the Spring Semester:
- Think about your CV
Employers from every sector like graduates who have made the most of their University life. Think about getting involved in a club or society, signing up for volunteering or arranging work experience. Search ‘Work Experience’ on the Intranet to find out about student opportunities.
- Develop your career ideas
Being flexible and open to new ideas is a key skill for today’s graduates. Having said that, the graduate job market will be easier to negotiate if you have some idea of what you are aiming for. Take a look online to start your research and speak to a Careers Adviser for further guidance:
Career Central – online resource for Cardiff University students
www.prospects.ac.uk – student and graduate careers website
- Visit Careers & Employability!
You can talk to a Careers Adviser about any aspect of your career planning, from 1st year onwards. We offer advice, guidance and information, workshops, work experience and employer events. A key date for your diary is the Internships, Work Experience and Volunteering Week from 25-27 January 2016. Search ‘Careers & Employability’ on the Intranet to get started or find us at 50 Park Place.
The new statistics about graduate jobs are encouraging, but really it’s about much more than statistics – it’s about you finding a career you will enjoy. So don’t hesitate to visit Careers & Employability during the Spring Semester, we’d be delighted to work with you!
The Careers & Employability team can help you …
Careers & Employability are here to support you throughout Your Career Journey, providing the services and events to help you with:
Exploring your Future – Know yourself, identify your strengths, explore your options by:
Building your Skills – Develop yourself, take opportunities, reflect & focus by:
Making it Happen – Know the process, take action, achieve your ambition by:
Sarah Allbeson, Careers Advisor
Careers & Employability Team
Your Student Life, Supported.The Student Support Centre has a range of services dedicated to helping students make the most of their time at University, including: Advice & Money, Careers & Employability, Counselling, Health & Wellbeing, Disability & Dyslexia and International Student Support.
For further details of services, events, opening times and more find us on the University Intranet.