The ‘High Fliers Research’ reports that the number of graduate jobs on offer in 2015 is expected to hit a ten-year-high. The research suggests that the biggest increase in job opportunities are likely to be in the accounting, banking, retail, professional services firms, the Armed Forces and the public sector. Additionally, the research also indicates that pay for fresh graduates is set to increase for the second year running, reaching a median of £30,000.
SOAS students can take advantage of the increased opportunities by ensuring that they are fully prepared to participate in the labour market. According to High Fliers research, “Graduate recruiters warn that in a highly competitive job market, new graduates who have not had any work experience are increasingly unlikely to be offered a good graduate job.”
The good news is that a large number of those surveyed said they were providing more than 13,000 paid work experience places in 2015 for university students and recent graduates via internships, vacation work or course-based placements of between 6 and 12 months.
Students should also be aware that there are many more paid and unpaid opportunities outside the 100 top employers survey by High Fliers Research. Students are encouraged to consider Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), local and national charities, volunteering organisations and social enterprises where they are various opportunities to develop the skills and competencies needed to be successful in the labour market and their careers.
At SOAS for example, student can take advantage of the SOAS internship opportunities in partnership with a variety of UK and International businesses, charities and social enterprises. These organisations are offering SOAS students and graduates the opportunity to gain invaluable, paid work experience
For further information, please contact our Internships Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 020 7898 4115.