PWC reported last week that they have seen a vast increase in the number of graduate applicants.. There are huge opportunities still available and with the 2011 graduate scheme applications now open there is seemingly a race for first place!
You have to think differently about how you sell yourself and how you might be approaching the job market.
Our world is changing: with an ever increased digital world a lot of job seekers are moving towards online trends to and land that perfect role.
If you are one of the many young people hoping to get onto a grad scheme (with any employer of choice) then why not take some advice from the grads we interviewed (as part of a focus group to help build the GradGuide**) earlier this year: "When you are applying to work for large organisations, think about where you might like to work that is not London, or another large city... This may increase your chances as placements are available around the UK, and there is a huge number of people all hoping to get a placement in London. I actually picked Reading and started on an accountancy scheme this year!".
We are not saying it is a sure thing of course, but could be just another angle for you to consider. Moving away from your home town (or even staying in it) can seem like a big challenge, so look for alternatives. This thought process may indeed help you decide what is more important to you... the job itself, or is it more of a case of location, location, location?
Finally, make sure to get in and apply as early as possible... There will be set time frames for each company when their graduate scheme enrolment opens and closes. It pays to do your research.
**For more information on what your options are post graduation and practical advice on preparing your CV and for an interview, contact us for a FREE copy of our GradGuide2010.