Graduate tips: How to get on the career ladder after university

Finished uni this month? Time to clue up on our graduate career tips… Graduating from university can be a bittersweet experience. Once the photos have been taken and the champagne has been drunk a new chapter begins. For some this is a thrilling sensation. For others it’s terrifying. For most it’s a mixture of the two – but with a 37% increase in graduate vacancies year on year there’s nothing to fear. Well, not that much anyway. Follow the tips below and you’ll give yourself the very best chance of landing the job of your dreams. Ask yourself: What to do you want to be when you grow up? Get in touch with the careers department at your uni. There have never been so many potential career options and they will know about more than you ever dreamed of so tap into that knowledge. Don’t focus on a specific role from the word go. Tell them your values and goals – both for the short and long term. They might surprise you and suggest something that hadn’t occurred to you. What do you want? Variety of work? Opportunities to travel? A high salary? The chance to help others? The more honest you can be the more they can help so if you are all about the cash just say so. Failing that, an online resource such as TARGETjobs’ career planner can prove useful. Take your time – any decisions you make will shape the rest of your life. What type of organisation could you see yourself working for? Do you want to work for a big multinational or would...