1st Place Graduate Recruitment – “Then I saw 1st Place…now I’m a Recruiter!”

…or “Graduate Recruitment: Makes more sense than you first think”

Graduation was once a blurry concept waiting for me at the end of a very unpredictable three years. I thought the idea of leaving university was miles ahead of me as I shuffled in to my first seminar, having spontaneously forgotten both my name and why I was there. Three years later, the vision is so much clearer.

In the corner of my eye I can see the fog clearing and the finish line is a hop skip and a jump away but what is waiting on the other side?

As a graduate it is tempting to think that the only way to find success is to be what you told your friends you would when you were eight. The pressure to present your degree as the foundation to every new aspect of your life is very much there but, what if that’s not enough? If university has taught me anything it is that there are so many different hobbies and habits that people have and so much opportunity to embrace your interests.

The careers you dream of as a child are often based on innate traits: the ability to sing, a natural flair for football or saving injured things in the back garden. However, after three years of perfecting pasta, panic and personal development, surely your career should reflect your new found capabilities?

Craving a career that will both need and nurture the skills I’ve worked so hard to develop in university (they don’t slap you with the word ‘transferrable’ around your face every week for nothing) I have been rerouted to an old possibility: recruitment consultancy.

Seeing the CV of a housemate and wondering “you do actually want a job from this, yes?” while making a list of everything that needs to be changed. That’s recruitment.

Volunteering to tour prospective students and their parents around the university and your department and selling the place. That’s recruitment.

Everything you have learnt from networking days, meeting new lecturers, familiarising yourself with new subject areas and what they require from you. That’s the mind of a recruiter.

So many people think that being a graduate recruitment consultant is an odd paradox. Almost as if getting a job helping people find a job is somehow less of a profession. Give it a few minutes thought though and you’ll realise that this is exactly the kind of career that university has equipped you for. You will have developed great skills in communicating, networking, meeting new people and selling your ideas and concepts. An ability to understand and stick to a brief are vital for a degree and working around others in a close environment, sounds something like a seminar.

Working towards targets takes some getting used to but nobody walks into a career absolutely, robotically programmed to succeed on day one. Like any career, recruitment takes training and time. But the benefits far outweigh the burdens of first day nerves.

Once you know your market you are to consult with companies, build bridges with businesses and find them their perfect candidate. It sounds like a professional blind date doesn’t it? For the most part, recruitment consultancy is a professional celebration of the skill set that you’ve graduated with and your new ability to see potential in others.

Graduate recruitment is a place where potential is celebrated and relationships are central. It really is worth a look. Your skills will be your success.

– Jade Warner is studying Society, Culture and Media at the University of East Anglia, graduating in Summer 2015. See more blogs at: http://www.1pgr.com/blog


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