It’s the morning after the night before. You’ve studied, you’ve graduated, you’ve celebrated and now . . . now it’s time to find a job.
Except that for many students these days it doesn’t really work that way. You’re as likely to have sought careers advice in the first year as the third year, you’ve already experienced work through a placement, internship or the on-site job agency Unitemps, and you’ve taken extra qualifications to gain employability skills. Students these days are work savvy.
It’s why we’ve recently invested more than £1 million to expand the careers service at Nottingham to offer more individual career guidance, skills workshops, placement development and employer and engagement with alumni.
And it’s paying dividends for students already with the proportion of Nottingham graduates gaining professional jobs or going on to further study now standing at 82.7%. Not surprising then that the University has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, published at the end of last month. Nottingham is also back in the guide’s top 20 UK universities after moving up five places this year – the biggest rise among the leading universities in the league table and enough to earn us a shortlisting for the coveted University of the Year award.
“Intelligence, quality and can-do attitude”
Alastair McCall, editor of the guide, said Nottingham graduates were renowned the world over for their “intelligence, quality and can-do attitude”. He added: “This is instilled in them as they progress through the University. It is what makes them so popular with graduate recruiters.
“Not only does Nottingham provide an outstanding academic education, it also offers students the extra dimensions that result in them leaving as well-rounded individuals ready to take their place in the world.”
Helping current students get onto the career ladder
Many careers nowadays don’t specify a degree subject so students need all the guidance they can get to make career choices, assist with applications and signpost them to opportunities. In today’s graduate recruitment market what students do outside the classroom is more important than it ever has been.
The reputation and quality of our worldwide alumni community gives current students a competitive edge, with the employers who target the University knowing exactly what they’re getting when they employ a Nottingham graduate.
But it isn’t just a reputational effect. Our alumni are playing an increasingly important role in ensuring students have the best opportunities, transferable skills, educational and work experience. By offering work placements, volunteering to talk to students or eMentoring them, you’re helping them to get their foot on the career ladder in a fiercely competitive global employment market.
A gold and green thread which connects us all
University Registrar Dr Paul Greatrix believes the job environment is very different for today’s graduates who have both the challenge to secure a graduate level job and the additional pressure to pay off a student loan once they start earning.
“There is something distinctive, if hard, to define about The University of Nottingham cocktail of degree attributes. I’ve been privileged to be involved in supporting the publication of a new University history recently which includes student voices and those of alumni over many years, large numbers of whom have gone on to outstanding careers, and there is undoubtedly a gold and green thread which connects them all.
“It may be difficult to define or capture but the Nottingham graduate is distinctive, identifiable, adaptable, resilient, employable and capable. The challenge for Nottingham in the years ahead is to sustain and build upon this to ensure that future generations of graduates are equipped to thrive in the very different workplaces of tomorrow.”
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Posted on Thursday 27th October 2016