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Top Tips for Success in Graduate Employment

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

When it comes to finding you first graduate job, there is lots of advice that should be considered. Below are some of the top tips from various UK organisations to help you succeed in your first graduate position.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·     Believe in yourself, because if you don’t, you can’t sell anything to anybody. And believe what you’re doing is important.” Jo Taylor, Head of learning and talent at Channel 4.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·    “Don’t worry about what degree you’re studying – personal qualities are more important. Be clear about what you want in a career.” Simon Levene, Global Practice Group Leader at DLA Piper.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·      Creativity and adaptability are important skills to have now because change is constant and relentless. Business models are evolving with more focus on developing entrepreneurial behaviour within firms”. Victor Tettmar, Managing Director at Bond Pearce.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·       “Network, network, network. Pro-actively build your personal and professional network, both online and face-to-face. Be positive, adaptable and adopt a can-do attitude. You will discover very early that people like working with positive people.” Sarah Fisher, HR director at Microsoft.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·     “Things that seem enormously important today might not be so in six months’ time. Experience has taught me the importance of keeping work and life in perspective.” Jonathan Evans, Director General of MI5.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·       Expect the unexpected in all sorts of guises. Be clear and honest – if you’re not, believe me you’ll be found out and it can have a destructive effect on you and the people you work with.” Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, chief of the air staff, Royal Air Force.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·     “At a junior level, you can be totally driven and influenced by what’s immediately in front of you. Life has taught me to always look beyond the deadline; to take a longer-term perspective.” Cathy Bell-Walker, finance partner and global board member at Allen & Overy LLP.

Were you already considering advice such as this? Do you think a change in attitude can lead you to better graduate jobs?

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