Fuente: www.consultant-news.com Fecha: 07.07.2010
Deloitte UK plans to recruit in excess of 1,100 graduates within the next 12 months
UK graduates still believe they are facing the toughest graduate recruitment market in years, with some students believing that getting a job is a lottery and that the odds have got worse.
A number of graduates are therefore opting to go travelling or into further education because they fear the graduate market is still bleak.
In the current climate, it is fair to say that competition for graduate jobs is fierce, but there are lots of opportunities out there. At Deloitte, the business advisory firm, the graduate intake hasn’t changed significantly in the last few years, but is set to increase. Deloitte plans to recruit in excess of 1,100 graduates within the next 12 months.
Sarah Shillingford, Graduate Recruitment Partner at Deloitte said: “We are open to applications from students who have studied any degree discipline. The majority of our vacancies offer candidates the opportunity to study for professional qualifications alongside soft skills training, so a strong desire for development is essential. Overall we look for a well rounded skill set with a strong academic background.”
Deloitte recruits graduates throughout the year, and has a wide range of graduate opportunities in audit, tax, corporate finance and consulting. Deloitte opens its application process for 2011 and are also still recruiting for the autumn 2010 intake following recent increases in graduate positions. Deloitte assesses candidates on a first come first served basis. The first candidates to apply, pass the assessments and hit the Deloitte benchmarks are offered a role.
There are some practical steps graduates can take to improve their ability to find and secure a job in this market. Sarah added: “Research is key to graduate job success. Students can take practical steps to improve their ability to find and secure a graduate job in this market. More time needs to be devoted to research and preparation, but not necessarily to filling in more application forms. Students should never underestimate the importance of good research. Be quick to identify areas of work that are of interest. This research brings about better applications. Don’t wait until the final year at university to start the process, students in their first or second year at university need to ask themselves, ‘what job do I want to do?”
There still seems to be a fear from graduates that they will be unable to secure a graduate position. There is too much anxiety about job prospects and it is damaging students’ future prospects.
Sarah added: “My advice for students is, do not wait until the world tells you the graduate market is picking up, in fact things aren’t as bad as they have been made out to be. Not applying for graduate positions because the jungle drums aren’t telling you to could lead to missed opportunities. Apply now, do not risk leaving it to when you return from travels when even more people will be applying for these positions.”
Sarah added: “For our graduate programme we use a pre-screen questionnaire before students fill in the application form to apply. This ensures candidates are eligible and clear as to what is expected from them in the application process. We experience high interest in our vacancies, but the pre-screen questions help ensure that it is the candidates who are seriously interested in a career with Deloitte who complete the full application. It’s not the number of applications we receive that we are interested in, it’s the quality. I believe that students should adopt a similar approach. It is a better strategy, and use of time, to concentrate on high quality, well researched applications for jobs that are of real interest, rather than attempting to complete as many application forms as possible. Graduate recruiters can spot and will warm to candidates who have truly done their homework about the organisation.”
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