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Decisions after School or College… Simon Reichwald - CEO Bright Futures @ brightfuturesNT. What students need to know about. University, Careers & that word ‘Employability’. A bit about me & Bright Futures. Student Recruitment AGR Advisory Council YEUK Advisory Board Global & SME Employers

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Decisions after School or College…Simon Reichwald- CEO Bright [email protected]

What students need to know about

University, Careers & that word ‘Employability’

A bit about me & Bright Futures

  • Student Recruitment

    • AGR Advisory Council

    • YEUK Advisory Board

    • Global & SME Employers

  • A bit about the Bright Futures Society (NFP)

    • Student Empowerment & Personal Responsibility

    • 60 Universities

    • 2013 Launched Societies into Schools

The Media Hype....The Bad, The Ugly & The Good

The Media Hype....

New graduates face tougher struggle in their search for jobs

Local Government Association figures show regional variations in job availability as almost half of graduates are still looking for work after three months The Guardian

Up to a fifth of graduates 'without work' after university

A fifth of students are being left without a job six months after graduating from some British universities, according to official figures. The Telegraph

Graduate unemployment levels on a par with school leavers

Latest data shows 25% of 21-year-olds who left university with a degree in 2011 were unemployed compared with 26% of 16-year-olds with GCSEs The Guardian

Graduate unemployment at highest for over a decade [BBC News]

The Media Hype....good news

A study, by High Fliers Research, of 100 major firms says there will be a 9% rise in this recruitment - about 1,400 extra jobs – Jan ‘14

Graduate vacancies at five-year high, suggests research – BBC 2014

Networking and work experience are best ways into graduate jobs


Work experience and networking key to graduate jobseekers‎ [Chartered Management Institute]

Graduates with industry placements more employable Pareto Law

Warning over engineering shortage

A report warns that the UK needs to increase the number of science, technology and engineering graduates it produces by 50%. BBC News

Rise in number of Scotland's graduates in permanent jobs BBC

51.6% of Graduates in FT Graduate Employment – 6 months after graduation


Average of 83 applications per vacancy


33% of graduate roles filled by placement or internship candidates

>60% graduates receive a 2:1 or better



110,000 Freshers with 320

UCAS points


Average graduate salary as £18,345-£22,535 & £26k

Almost 350,000 new graduates each year



Some RecruitmentTrends

Some School, College & University Recruitment Trends

Opportunities for

Graduates are UP

School Leaver & Higher Apprenticeship are UP

More routes into employment & a good career

So what are the right option for each of your students?

‘Simon’s 3 Reasons for going University’…

NUS research – 79%

‘Why are you going to University?’

Becoming ‘Job Competitive’

  • Differentiate

  • 1/3rd Graduate Recruiters do not fill all roles

    • A key reason is lack of skills

  • CBI Report on the need for more ‘rounded and grounded’ young people, ‘not just an exam factory’

  • Academic success is no longer enough for employment

Making the best career choice

  • 47 x 47 x 47?

  • So it’s worth making the right career choice…

Career & University Options

Where to start?

Which University?

Careers Web content-

Careers Video Content - Where to start...

Connect with employers face to face & Online e.g. Linked In

Find out what is out there

What do those employers seek when recruiting?

What roles play to your strength?

Major Graduate Employers (<10%) and SMEs

How can your students get ahead of the game?

How to Stand out Today?

  • What more do employers look for now…

Prepare examples of these!

What Competencies do I need?

Further Areas for Student Development

  • Knowledge – not need to know it all (as world changes too fast), but know how to find out things

  • Attitude – open to learning and trying new things

  • ‘Extra’ Employability skills (e.g. self management, commercial & customer awareness, agility, resilience, collaboration, being networked)

  • Strengths – knowing yourself & what you do well

  • Global Perspective – interested in the experiences of others and global developments

    And then learn how to EVIDENCE IT

How can we all help them?

  • Differentiate themselves, with their STORY

  • Cannot rely on academic achievement alone – extra curricula

  • Make the most of the opportunities & experiences School, College & University offers – students need to start taking action now!

  • Build knowledge of careers options, skills & employers ‘contacts’

  • Make it ‘fun’ & Empower them…

Actions from today...

[email protected]

“Will it make the boat go faster?”

Start at Bright Futures School Society…?

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