Friday, July 13, 2012

TARGETjobs News roundup

It’s that time of the week again, where we tell you all the latest graduate recruitment news and developments. This week Ross has been on holiday so I (Jackie) have been charged with writing the weekly round-up. I hope I make him proud.

This week there were lots of sectors grabbing the headlines, the automotive industry, consulting, law and IT.

However, before we get started on that we also have some more internal news and I would like to welcome our flurry of interns that have entered the building this week. 

We also want to welcome two of them on board to our blog. Our new temp marketing assistant, Nicola Mooney and our third editorial intern Laura Maclean. Like Ross and Alex, they will be writing regular blogs to write about what they are getting up to, as well as sharing some advice on how they are making a start in their career.

Now that those announcements have been made let’s get started with our sector news.

·         In the automotive industry there have been two big developments. Firstly, BMW Group announced earlier this week that it will be investing an extra £250m in its Mini manufacturing arm. This is to boost the car industry. Perhaps, this could be a good place to apply for your graduate job?

·        On top of that Bentley announced some more positive news by reporting a growth of 32% in sales worldwide. Another company to consider when applying for your jobs and work experience.

·         More good news came from the strategy consulting firm, Simon-Kucher & Partners which is expecting another record year in revenuesand planning to increase its workforce by the end of the year.

·        In more sombre news although the IT sector isexpecting record growth for IT vacancies, findings by the HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) indicate that six months after graduating, graduates with a computer science degree were the least likely among all degree subjects to be in employment.  This may increase the importance of having work experience on your CV when proving your worth to prospective employers.

·         Next in line is law, where unfortunately firm vacancies are set to drop, according to the latest survey from the Associationof Graduate Recruiters. However, salaries still remain higher than average. This will make the field more competitive, so make sure you get yourself prepared as much as you can. We can help with our law twitter feed and law webpages.

·        And lastly, there is good news for the construction industry where big construction companies arepredicting a 3.2% rise in starting salary.

If none of those sectors are of interest to we also explained how best to answer a very tricky interview question: what motivates you?

We also announced
which graduate recruiters are at the top of their game; perhaps there are some you may be interested in applying to.

Finishing off with some good news from the HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency), who announced that more than nine in ten 2011 graduates are in work six months after graduation

And if that wasn’t enough as always check out the latest jobs here. 

That’s it for this week. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

To get graduate careers news at it happens, check out the TARGETjobs news feed. Alternatively, check out the roundup this time next week.