Graduate Prospects: Is It All Doom And Gloom?

8th February 2009

According to the Higher Education Career Service Unit (Hescu) it is the hardest time in 30years for a graduate to get a job, but could this be due to the larger number of people graduating? The gateway to education has certainly widened over the last twenty years and more graduate courses are available than ever.

Mike Hill, the chief executive of Hescu, has some words of advice for graduates “Not to panic. There are lots of jobs out there but they will be harder to get because more people are going for them.” He insists there are more graduate positions than there were 10 years ago because the graduate market is increasing even in the economic crisis.

All universities will have careers advice available, but Hescu has some of their own.  Firstly seeking some kind of professional input in your career is always advisable.  The use of an online recruitment agency can always help your CV and your details to become available to a prospective employer. Broadening your horizons to professions that are related to your field will increase your prospects and using contacts within companies can also help. Considering unpaid work experience or taking a job that at a lower level can also get your career started.