Just 18 per cent of students leaving university this summer have a job lined up due to coronavirus – The Sun

STUDENTS leaving university this summer face the toughest jobs market in years due to coronavirus.

Typically three in five grads secure a role BEFORE completing college — but this year just 18 per cent have a job lined up.

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More than one in four firms have cut the numbers they are taking on and 68 per cent have cancelled work-experience placements, says the Institute of Student Employers.

Three quarters of students believe the Covid-19 troubles will harm their careers, reports graduate recruitment website Milkround.

But there ARE still jobs — especially in IT, medicine, accounting, education and the public sector. Average graduate salaries remain at £23,000, but many schemes are paying around £28,000.

Milkround’s Georgina Brazier says: “Covid-19 is having a knock-on effect in the jobs market but there are still companies looking for entry-level talent.”

Firms still hiring include telecom giant BT, which is looking for 300 new graduates. Apply at btplc.com/careercentre/earlycareers/graduates.

Others taking on university leavers include Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Vodafone, accountants Ernst & Young and IT services multi-national ATOS.

  • Find the full list at: advice.milkround.com/companies-still-hiring-during-covid-19.

Pauline dials in

HAVING built websites since the age of eight, 23-year-old Pauline Narvas joined BT’s digital engineering graduate scheme in 2018.

Pauline, who had studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Sheffield, said: “I’m about to complete the BT scheme and it’s given me exactly the development I had hoped for.

“I’ve gained both the skills and knowledge that are vital for the start of my career. I chose BT because of the exciting opportunities it offers.”

Pauline, from Leeds, added: “The graduate scheme has opened up loads of opportunities.

“ I’ve been involved in the BT Beyond Limits rebrand, spoken at the BT Group International Women’s Day events and taught the basics of coding to female students at the university in partnership with Code First: Girls.

“It’s also been fantastic to be part of a company that has a meaningful impact.

“We keep customers connected to their loved ones, which has been especially important in our current landscape.”

Tips for class of Covid-19

IF YOU are graduating this summer or only recently left college, you need to be on your top game when searching for employment.

Alexa Shoen, author of #Entry Level Boss, A 9-step Guide For Finding A Job You Like (And Actually Getting Hired To Do It), is here to help.

She says: “It’s a bizarre time but you can still be proactive and sharpen your skill set.”

Here are her tips . . .

  1. Learn to explain why you are valuable. There are two reasons people get hired – they help a business save time or make money. Say something like: “I am looking for [This Kind of Role] that uses my [Specific Skills in X, Y, Z] to help businesses [Make Money or Work More Efficiently in This Specific Way].”
  2. Network online. Up to 80 per cent of jobs are never posted online, they get filled instead through personal contacts. Spend a day crafting the perfect email to the hiring manager at your dream employer.
  3. Create your own job. Join a volunteer effort. Offer to help a local small business sell online. Support your local community. It may just lead to an opening – especially if you pitch the idea.
  4. Make sure your digital footprint looks professional – Google yourself and check your social-media profile.
  5. Breathe, make lists, and be kind to yourself – so you stay positive.

Lab fab brigade

SCIENCE careers are the most sought after by graduates – beating the likes of law, banking and advertising and acting.

The allure of white lab coats, and research, proved second to none in a survey of 18-24 year-olds by careers service Springpod. Acting was the second-most popular job.

Young men are four times as likely as their female contemporaries to become engineers. But twice as many young women opt to become doctors, vets and teachers and they are also six times more likely to see nursing as a career.

Oliver Fisher, of Springpod, said: “It’s clear that science is the cool choice. We should be delighted to see youngsters wanting to pursue the world’s most innovative roles.”


BECOME a supermarket boss – and earn a trolleyload.

Aldi is taking on 40 grads for its area manager programme, with a starting salary of £44,000.

Pay rises to £53,485 in year two and £77,780 after three years. Applicants need a 2:1 degree or better, in any subject.

The programme offers 12 months of intense training, and you will be responsible for up to four stores at the end of the course. Vacancies are available across the UK.

Aldi recruitment director Kelly Stokes says: “We offer our area managers great benefits, from market-leading pay, a company car and amazing training, to ample opportunities to progress in their roles.”

Apply at aldirecruitment.co.uk/area-manager-programme


  • RENTOKILL is hiring students for its sales and operations graduate management programmes. Visit rentokil-initial.co.uk/graduates/.
  • MEASURING instrument manufacturer KEYENCE needs graduates for its sales consultant training course. See keyence.co.uk/ss/ career/sales_engineer_ heathrowandbirmingham.jsp


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