Why we decided on an Employability Day. Will Jodrell of Graduate Works who run graduate training programmes for Sainsbury's: “ These days the gun goes off when you leave school .
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Will Jodrell of Graduate Works who run graduate training
programmes for Sainsbury's:
“These days the gun goes off when you leave school.
Students should be interning or volunteering in their summer vacations before they even get to university, if nothing else showing that they have the ability to get off their a**** . Many graduates say they have
received no careers advice whatsoever about the importance of holiday work schemes. They have cottoned on too late, learning from peer pressure..”
2011: 263,845 UK graduates from UK universities.
22 year old Orlando Barley: 2.1 in Geography from Durham. Wanted a job in insurance. In his best suit he stood outside Lloyd’s Insurance building in London holding a large laminated placard with the words: “Just graduated from Durham and looking for a job in insurance”. He was armed with 70 CVs, handed out 67, received 22 business cards, offered 3 stint of work experience on the spot, received several emails, received 4 interviews, received 3 job offers.
OteghaUwagba 21 year old graduate
‘Not to have interned is basically not to have existed in world of graduate employment, especially in areas such as law.’
‘I realised that I had missed the boat in building up a ‘portfolio’ of experience before I had even graduated. Other students had 10 times more experience.’
Google receives a million job applicants a year and hires only 1 from every 130 people interviewed. Every candidate is said to be the subject of a 50-page dossier, detailing their history and their ‘Googlinness’.
Google has asked applicants “Why are most manhole covers round?”
USA – ‘extreme interviewing’ in a very crowded job market:
Campbell Mithun (advertising firm) require applications in the form of 13 Twitter messages (“it finds digitally savvy, creative thought leaders”)
A marketing company asked applicants to “ just entertain us for five minutes”.