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More graduate opportunities claim career advisors

Published: Thursday, 14 January 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The last year has seen a dramatic rise in the number of opportunities available for graduates, according to the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS).

The annual survey, carried out in late 2015, questioned 81 heads of careers and employability services from all over the UK.

More than 80% reported an increase in graduate openings in the year until 31 July 2015 when compared to the preceding year.

Growth was spread across a wide variety of sectors too, from information technology to accounting, banking and finance.

Other areas including consultancy, marketing, advertising and PR, engineering and manufacturing also say a rise in opportunities for the latest graduate talent.

PwC maintained its position at the top of the latest Times Top 100 Graduate Employers listing as the largest graduate employer, with Aldi and Google completing the top three.

However, the AGCAS survey also considers smaller firms that offer graduate job openings and thus covers a much broader market. 

Smaller firms providing plenty of opportunities

AGCAS also carried out a study in November to determine what graduate vacancies are most common among small firms.

Interestingly, the increased number of opportunities mirrored those displayed in the latest survey – suggesting that company size is not seen as a barrier.

AGCAS Director of Research, and Director of College Careers Services at The Careers Group, University of London, Bob Gilworth, added that the latest survey highlights the wide variety of options that are available to graduates.

He explained that it different from other national surveys and encouraged people to look beyond just the largest graduate recruiters.

More students are also using career services to help plan their futures according to the research, with many getting in touch before the final year of their studies have begun.

A greater number of graduate employers are also looking to get involved with careers fairs at university, presumably seeing them as an opportunity to meet potential staff face to face without the pressures of an interview environment.

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