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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Turnaround year for graduate jobs

Is the graduate jobs market finally beginning to recover from the recession? The answer appears to be a qualified yes. A report published this month says that ‘2010 has seen a small but encouraging turnaround,’ and suggests that graduate employment is beginning to recover from the impact of the economic downturn, although it is still not back to pre-recession levels.

The report, What do graduates do?, analyses what 2010 graduates were doing six months after graduation, and finds that growth in the business and financial services has created more opportunities for recent graduates. This appears to have softened the impact of the early stages of the government’s cuts in public spending.

The proportion of 2010 graduates who were unemployed six months after finishing their degrees was 8.5%, down from 8.9% for 2009 graduates. The report commented, ‘Although the unemployment of graduates in 2010 has fallen, it remains high in comparison to the levels reported at the beginning of the recession.’


Current students who are worried about their job prospects should think about developing their employability skills – skills such as teamworking and problem-solving – through work experience, volunteering and getting involved in extracurricular activities on campus.

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HECSU Blog article

Full report – What do graduates do? Nov_2011

TargetJobs are hunting for the UK’s most talented undergraduates

Are you the Undergraduate of the Year?

Win big prizes from big recruiters!

There are 12 Awards up for grabs to identify the top undergraduates in IT and Computer Science, Management, Law, Arts and Humanities, Business and Finance, Engineering, Social Sciences, Construction, Engineering and Design, Low Carbon, Accountancy and Economics plus two special awards: the ‘Future Business Leader’ Award open to students from any discipline and the ‘First Year’ Award open to undergraduates from any course who have just started their second year.

The rewards are great: winners’ prizes include laptops, internships and all-expenses paid trips to New York, South America, Florida, South Africa and continental Europe and the final ten students in each Award will be invited to the Undergraduate of the Year Awards in Canary Wharf London on 13th April, 2012 where the winners will be announced to national press coverage by The Rt. Hon Michael Portillo.

If you make the final 10, not only will you be very close to a fantastic prize, you will have proved yourself to be amongst the best and most employable students in the country.

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Closing date for entries: 31January 2012  

SIE Enterprise Day – Ayr Campus 17th November 2011

Are you a student or recent graduate interested in self employment, student enterprise and entrepreneurship? If YES, then this event is for you!

The Scottish Institute for Enterprise is running a pilot programme of Regional Enterprise Days, taking place in five locations across Scotland during November in Aberdeen, Dundee, Ayr, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Intended to inspire students to think about enterprise and entrepreneurship, they are open to all students and feature workshops on how to get started, innovation, and opportunities to put questions to business experts.

The Ayr Regional Enterprise Day provides a full day of workshops and enterprise activities to help raise awareness of student entrepreneurship and local opportunities.  Sessions take place at the Ayr Campus of the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).

“Getting Started” – 1.15pm -2.00pm
Meet young entrepreneurs running their own ventures and hear how they got started at university or on graduation. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and find out where to go for advice and support.

“What makes a good idea a good business idea?” – 2.00pm – 2.45pm
You have your good idea but now you are looking to turn that idea into a new venture that makes you money. This session will help you validate your good idea and decide whether you are on the right track for setting up a business.

“The Practicalities of Setting up a Creative Practice” – – 3.45pm
This session will guide you through the steps involved in setting up a new creative practice, from how you actually go about it and finding the funding, to getting some traction in the market and developing your brand and reputation.

“Breaking the Rules” – 4.15pm – 5.00pm
An inspirational session from the Managing Director of one of Scotland’s most exciting and innovative Digital Agencies. Fatbuzz provide clients with a range of services including design, video production, marketing, social media and event management, Gordon will look at how innovations in media and digital design are changing the way people do business and communicate, and the opportunities this presents for entrepreneurs interested in creative industries and social media and marketing.

“Ask the Experts” – 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Throughout the afternoon there is the opportunity to meet advisers from PSYBT, Scottish Institute for Enterprise and UWS and get more information on setting up a business or feedback on your idea. Or simply pick up some information from their stands.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest here. If you have any questions, please email or telephone 0141 330 8793. SIE will aim to contact registrants approx 1 week before the event to confirm which individual sessions you would like to attend.

GradU8 Online Graduate Recruitment Fair – 7th-10th November

GradU8 is a free online event that gives you the chance to chat directly to employers, ask your questions about graduate schemes and work out which companies offer the career path that best suits you.

Bringing jobseekers and recruiters together in a virtual meeting place, you can check out what graduate job opportunities are out there and even get noticed and kick start your career!


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