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The 5 New Rules of Job Search

Recruiting practices have changed with the growth of social media and also with the tough job market we have been experiencing. This article provides some ideas on how you can  ensure you are up-to-date with recruitment trends to help you to stand out from the crowd. (Don’t assume this article is not for you due to your age!)

English Teaching Graduate Scheme

Are you unemployed and graduated in the last three years?

You could be eligible to apply for a place subsidised by the British Council to study a Trinity CertTESOL or Cambridge CELTA course at a UK training centre in 2013.

In many regions around the world there is a huge and growing demand for English language teaching and a need for quality teachers to meet this. This new scheme from the British Council will help provide unemployed graduates (from the last three years) with a gateway into an exciting and dynamic career which gives an insight into other cultures and communities while also helping people around the world to meet their own goals and aspirations.

Applications are now open for the next recruitment round.

Click here for more information.

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Class of 2013: Kickstart your Graduate Future

Kickstart Your Graduate Future with help from your Careers & Employability Service. Events for final year students on all campuses, providing:

  • Top Tips, tactics and techniques for Job searching kickstart
  • What employers want to hear from applicants
  • How to exploit new social media for career success
Register and Sign up via
Don’t miss out!

The Spring Graduate Fair in Scotland – 6th March 2013

The Spring Graduate Fair in Scotland

Wednesday 6th March 2013, 10am–5pm, Thistle Hotel, Glasgow
Graduate jobs, internships and much more. Meet over 50 recruiters including Morgan Stanley, Abercrombie & Fitch and IBM. Bring along your CV and have it checked by our qualified career advisers.

FREE to attend and open to ALL students and graduates from ALL universities.
For more information and exhibitor list, visit


Teach English in Hong Kong and travel Asia with the Chatteris International Graduate Programme

Chatteris International are pleased to announce that a representative will be coming to your area in February to conduct interviews and information sessions. To see our representatives route go to and look under the News section.

The representative will be in Glasgow on 17th February.

The Chatteris Educational Foundation is a non-profit charitable organisation aiming to help Hong Kong students improve their English, promote cultural exchange and develop young leaders with a global vision.

There are 63 recent university graduates working within our International Graduate Programme this year. To see which universities they are from, please click here.

The Chatteris International Graduate Programme offers graduates with the minimum of a bachelor degree that is university accredited or higher qualification the opportunity to develop professionally and personally in Hong Kong.

This takes place whilst working in a Hong Kong school on a 9-month paid contract as a Chatteris Native-speaking English Tutor (CNET).  In addition to skills graduates develop whilst working within a Chinese school culture, Chatteris offers opportunities for graduates to widen their perspective, with focuses such as cultural and social activities, project management, career development, community work and professional skill development.

Through different aspects of the Chatteris International Graduate Programme, recent university graduates can:

  • Contribute directly to the life and learning experience of Hong Kong students, schools and community
  • Develop important attributes and gain transferable skills invaluable for a successful future career in any field, especially flexibility, adaptability, diversity, self-initiative, preparedness, coordination and collaboration
  • Undertake leadership and team player roles
  • Develop project management skills
  • Enhance global awareness through cultural exchange, learning to think globally and act locally


To find out more about our paid opportunities go to or view our video by following this link

What Do Graduates Do 2012

This publication looks at the destinations of graduates who completed their studies in 2011.  With specialist articles on regional data, self employment, further study and an employment review as well as articles and figures on graduate destination by discipline this is an invaluable resource of information.

To find out more:

Publication Link:

What the BBC are saying about the information:


Vote for the UK Guardian 300 – cash prizes up for grabs!

The Graduate Barometer 2013 is a large-scale, independent piece of research into students’ views on graduate careers and recruitment. Almost 26,000 students from across the UK took part in our 2012 edition. Your views provide valuable insight and also help decide who makes the Guardian UK 300 top graduate employers. Join in and enter our prize draw with five prizes of £500 and ten of £200 up for grabs!

The survey takes just 20 minutes to complete. To take part, please go to:

Thank you for your participation and best of luck in the prize draw!


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Local Graduate Recruitment Initiatives

Are you a recent graduate still looking for your first graduate job? If you’re not already registered on our vacancy site, make sure you do so now! There are currently over 250 graduate vacancies posted here:

Did you know that there are several local initiatives funded by the Scottish Government to help unemployed/under-employed graduates into work? Here is a summary of these and eligibility criteria:

Glasgow Commonwealth Graduate Fund

To qualify for support through the Commonwealth Graduate Fund Initiative you must:

  • Have been unemployed or underemployed since graduation for at least 13 weeks
  • Live within the Glasgow City Council Boundary and can provide residency criteria
  • Have graduated since May 2009
  • Be legally entitled to work in the United Kingdom for a minimum of 2 years from your potential start date of employment

Register at to establish eligibility. You will then be invited for an appointment at city council to bring certificates and other evidence. Once confirmed you can view and apply for jobs. Brief vacancy details are also posted on our vacancy site at .

Renfrewshire Council Graduate Internships Programme

Those eligible to apply for the internships will:

  • Be a graduate with a degree aged under 25
  • Live in Renfrewshire
  • Be unemployed or under-employed in part-time work or jobs which don’t use their education and skills

Vacancies are advertised at  and also on our vacancy site

Also see the Invest in Renfrewshire Website for more information:

Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Funding has been secured to pilot a scheme to support graduate recruitment and business growth in Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Dumfries and Galloway. Up to 100 graduates unable to find a job will be supported by the pilot in its first year.

To be eligible to apply for a vacancy under this scheme, you must be:

  • A recent graduate
  • Unemployed or under-employed

NB You do not need to live within any specific boundaries for this scheme

UWS has close connections with the Chambers of Commerce in these areas and we look forward to promoting these vacancies on our vacancies site when the scheme is up and running.

The full press release can be found here:

South Lanarkshire Job Fund

Managed by Routes to Work South. Not specifically aimed at graduates, however there may be vacancies of interest and you may register if you live in South Lanarkshire.

For more information visit:

To register visit:

West Dunbartonshire Graduates for Business Growth

West Dunbartonshire Council are offering financial incentives to local businesses to create graduate job opportunities.

To qualify for support you must be:

  • A recent graduate (degree level or above) and have graduated within the last two years
  • Currently be unemployed or working in non-graduate level employment
  • A resident of West Dunbartonshire

For more information contact:


Glasgow 2014 Vacancies

No specific graduate scheme, however many vacancies are graduate entrant level. Visit

Vacancies are also advertised on our vacancies site:

Strathclyde Police

Currently recruiting and interested in hearing from UWS graduates. Visit


Don’t forget these Scotland-wide initiatives, vacancies for which are also posted on our vacancies site:

Talent Scotland –

Open to all graduates who:

  • Have graduated from a higher education institution within the past two years.
  • Have no more than one year of relevant (graduate level) work experience since graduation.
  • International graduates must have up-to-date visa documentation that covers the full length of the placement.  Contact the Relocation Advisory Service for more information and advice.
  • Have good English language skills appropriate to a business environment.

Adopt an Intern –

Adopt an Intern aims to provide opportunities for graduates to gain paid and meaningful work experience and to establish a sustainable, fair and accessible internship culture in Scotland.

Check out their information for graduates page for more information:


Remember you can use our services for up to 2 years after graduation. Please do not hesitate to contact us!

Civil Service Faststream Events – Glasgow & Edinburgh

Hoping to join the Civil Service? Or just wondering what to do with your skills when you graduate? Think Fast Stream! Come along to a friendly session where you can learn all about the UK Civil Service’s graduate recruitment scheme: the different options, the assessment process, and just what a civil servant does, anyway. (Everything. (Mostly not all at once.))
Scottish-based Fast Streamers will talk about their work in areas such as DWP, DfID and the Scottish Government, discuss the experience of being on different “streams”, including generalists (policy), economists, and EU specialists, and give you an inside story on the highs and lows of being on this competitive, intensive programme. There will also be a Q&A to answer all your questions.
The next recruitment round for the UK Government’s Faststream graduate scheme will be open from September to November 2012. The events are:
10/10/2012 2pm Glasgow (Europa Building, Argyle Street)
17/10/2012 2pm Edinburgh (Thistle House, Haymarket Terrace)
[Spaces are limited, and available first come first served. Please give your full name when registering as this is required for security. Spaces are limited so if you find out you cannot attend, please remember to cancel your booking.]
For more detail about the faststream, please see the Cabinet Office website:

Survey data indicates it’s not all doom and gloom in the graduate job market

HESA Graduate destinations survey reveals Scottish graduates are faring better than their English counterparts

  1. Scotland retains lowest level of unemployment in UK at 7% this year compared to 9% in UK and 10% in England.
  2. Set against a tough labour market – the level of unemployment of graduates from Scotland’s universities remains steady at the same level as last year (7% last year too).
  3. Scotland has the highest rate of positive destinations in the UK at 90% compared to 87% in England. This marks a 2% increase compared to last year.
  4. Scottish starting salary is the best in the UK at a mean of £21,500 compared to £21,000 in the UK as a whole.
  5. Number of grads from Scotland in employment only has increased too. From 62% last year to 63/64% (depending which table you look at). It’s 62 per cent for England.

HESA survey of all undergraduate and taught post graduates 6 months after completing studies with a 70 -80% return rate:


The Association of Graduate Recruiters Summer survey of its members indicates a stabilisation of graduate recruitment levels with:

  • average UK graduates starting salaries up by £500 to £26,500
  • a smaller than expected decrease in recruitment levels in 2012 (0.6% fall as opposed to 1.2% expected earlier in the year) and
  • a reduction of the number of applicants per graduate job from 83 last year to 73 this year.

The survey is the largest of its kind in the UK covering 215 AGR members across 20 sectors providing an estimated  21,194 vacancies  taken in June 2012 and the press release is available here:


HighFliers Research which looks at the Times Top 100 graduate recruiters also published its graduate employer survey today and shows similar trends but also reflects the fact that employers surveyed are larger blue chip companies recruiting the very best students from the graduate market.

The overall stabilisation of graduate recruitment levels amongst UK recruiters hides significant changes below the surface at industry sector level where decreases in investment banking, accounting, armed services  and management consulting were balanced out by increases in Telecommunications, engineering and public sector.

Starting Salaries among these top companies are not surprisingly higher at £29,000 but do not reflect the wider pool of UK graduate level employment referred to in the HESA survey (average 21,000) or AGR members (average 26,500)

The full report is available here:


On Track: Class of 2007- Sweep Three -This report from the Scottish Funding Council presents the results of a study into the outcomes of education by tracking the longer term life choices and careers of the 2007 cohort of qualifiers from Scottish universities and colleges.

Findings indicate that the Class of 2007 were positive about the long-term impact of their course on their overall career prospects, and that 8 in 10 learners felt with hindsight that the benefits of taking the course still outweighed the financial expense involved.

The full report, which has a useful summary of findings, is available from SFC at:

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