Hello. It’s me….

I was pointed in the direction of this video by a colleague and I have to say he has come up trumps this time.  I was skeptical at first as I’m not an Adele aficionado but this parody hit home.  I’m not going to throw in too much of a spoiler but it’s a satirical look at one graduate’s attempt to secure work – just in case you were wondering what is it doing on my humble blog.

Now, this does throw up one question.  Is it really that tough  a market for graduates at the moment?  Reading  Charlie Ball’s (HESCU) blog post The 2016 graduate market in the UK then no it’s not doom and gloom.  Rumour has it grads aren’t all rolling in the deep and that skills shortages in many sectors leave many graduates in a strong position.  The AGR Winter Survey 2015 also backs the trend in vacancy growth but with the caveat of skills shortages leaving some roles unfilled.

But I think there’s some truth in the video.  I don’t know if it’s just me but I’ve seen more and more stories doing the rounds on social media of motivated graduates outside train stations and the like with placards seeking work.  Fortunately many seem to have a happy ending but lets not underestimate the sheer volume of work and emotional energy it takes to keep applying for roles following rejections.

I’ve also  heard firsthand stories from many graduates of the frustration at a lack of etiquette from employers following interviews in not getting back to them – even for feedback (in fact I’ve experienced this myself on a few occasions which I’ve always thought as unprofessional at best).

If you’re a recruiter then  pick up the phone and as Adele might say “Hello, it’s me”……..


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2 thoughts on “Hello. It’s me….

  1. Leigh, you’re absolutely right.

    It is both true that the graduate labour market is better than it has been for years and that capable graduates may still struggle to get the work that they want and there’s always a tension in trying to articulate both points at once.

    There are many reasons graduates might not find the market easy. Some areas of the economy that are popular with graduates are still highly competitive and don’t have many clear skills shortages – the creative industries being the prime example. We have an economy – and a graduate economy – that depends heavily on the financial and business services industries, and if a graduate is not interested in that section of the economy or does not articulate their skills in a way that works for those industries, job seeking will be much harder for them. And jobs are not evenly spread around the country. Derby’s a pretty good place for a vehicles engineer to graduates, but not necessarily quite such fertile ground for a sociology graduate. Which isn’t great news if you want to stay in Derby.

    And we ought to remember at institutions that all the time that we’re complaining that 6 months is no time at all as a measure of graduate careers, it’s a *very long time* if that’s how long it takes you to get your first job after graduation. Outcomes data shows no difference between the graduate who had a job lined up at the gate and the graduate who applied day in day out and got a job in November, but the latter will have experienced the jobs market differently.

    • Thanks for the reply Charlie. Spoke to lots of grads last week when I was on DLHE survey duty and you’re dead right, a lot happens in that 6 months as there’s always a story behind it! Must confess I wish the survey had a couple of questions more specific to careers support received, too degree specific for my liking.

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