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16 October 2014
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It’s worth continuing your education as far as possible, whether that’s part time, work based training or a degree type course. Statistics prove that more qualifications = higher salaries. The average starting salary for graduate trainees is about £18,000 and graduate unemployment rates are falling annually.

Whether going into education straight from school, or returning to learning, career progression is at the forefront. When at an institution, it is worth thinking about an eventual career throughout your course, not just in the final year or final few months. The careers library will have information and trained advisors to talk through your options and opportunities, set up mock interviews, and help with CVs or application forms. Libraries will be equipped with information on companies, details of graduate jobs, work experience or industry placements and recruitment policies. If you are prepared and relaxed when it comes to an interview or application, you’ve already got a head start on a student who leaves it until the last minute!

Most university careers services will advise you to register with them towards the end of your second year. This will give them plenty of time to work with you to identify transferable skills, set up mock interviews or just help clarify the job you hope to get.

Many universities operate a 'milk round' for final-year students. This means they have developed links with employers (some local, some well known 'blue chip'companies). The milk round culminates in a Jobs Fair where employers tell students about themselves but also hand pick candidates for jobs in their companies.


Try to secure a work placement during your course or vacation. It is valuable experience and may lead to sponsorship and/or a job.

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