6 Effective Communication Skills To Develop In 2020

Effective communication is one of the most highly sought-after skills. Not only does it allow you to understand other people and situations more fully, but it can also enable you to create more positive conditions for problem-solving and collaboration.

Here are 6 communication skills you need to develop in order to succeed in 2020.

1. Active Listening

Listening is perhaps one of the most important aspects of effective communication.

Truly successful listening is not simply about the mere act of hearing the words being spoken, but of listening with attention and being able to understand what is being communicated. This helps create an environment in which people feel comfortable expressing their ideas and opinions, as well as promoting and building deeper relationships.

Active listening takes practice. Ultimately, it requires you to take time and pay close attention to what the other person is saying. It can also be helpful to repeat back to the person what they have said so that they can see that you have understood them correctly.

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2. Pay Attention To Non-Verbal Communication

According to research by Salesforce, about 93% of all communication is non-verbal. Non-verbal communication refers to all wordless signals we make.

From facial expressions to body language, eye contact and even the way we breathe. Tone of voice and attitude are also forms of non-verbal communication.

“Being able to fully understand the non-verbal communication signals of others is an important skill for helping you to connect with other people more meaningfully.

Equally, by understanding your own non-verbal signals, you will be better placed to convey your thoughts and ideas more efficiently to others,” says Dean Hupp, a communication manager at State Of Writing and Essay Services.

8 Examples of types of non-verbal communication

  • Facial expressions
  • Gestures
  • Paralinguistics
  • Body language and posture
  • Proxemics
  • Eye gaze
  • Haptics
  • Appearance

3. Empathize With Others

Empathy is a valuable skill when it comes to developing effective communication. Being able to successfully understand another person’s point of view is essential.

It’s even more important to consider and respect other points of view when they differ from your own. Showing respect to others and actively listening to their opinions will help you to communicate with them more sincerely. 

4. Develop Your Emotional Intelligence

Having good control over your emotions is an important skill to learn to develop.

Developing emotional intelligence takes time, but it is important for allowing you to develop greater self-awareness and self-management. It will also allow you to become more socially aware and therefore improve your relationship management skills.

“By being able to master your emotional intelligence you will be more likely to understand others more effectively. You will also gain better control and awareness of how your non-verbal communication affects the understanding of others and of the messages you are trying to send,” explains Kimberly James, a business writer at Eliteassignmenthelp and Revieweal.

“Ultimately, by developing better emotional intelligence you will be a more effective communicator, be better able to reduce stress and be able to overcome challenges more easily.”

5. Consider Your Tone Of Voice

Tone of voice is part of non-verbal communication and is informed by your emotional intelligence.

Using an appropriate tone of voice and volume for each situation is important for creating the desired mood for a conversation.

When trying to influence and effectively communicate with others, aim to speak calmly, confidently and in a friendly manner. This will help to set a positive tone for the forthcoming discussion and will encourage the person(s) listening to respond in a similar manner.

6. Ask Questions

Using open-ended questions is a successful strategy for encouraging others to talk in greater depth. It also helps the conversation to flow more easily, leading to better outcomes.

Asking probing questions about specific points can be a useful technique when you need more information or more detailed responses. Moreover, asking relevant and insightful questions also shows you are paying attention and have an interest in what is being discussed, helping to foster more positive relationships.

Summary: developing effective communication skills

Effective communication is about ensuring that messages are communicated clearly and concisely.

Prepare your thoughts ahead of time and carefully think about what it is that you want to say.

Try putting yourself in the position of your listeners and prepare for conversations by considering different or potentially negative responses. Remember to actively engage with others by asking questions and listening attentively to their responses. Above all, be open-minded, friendly and approachable.

This is a guest post by Beatrice Potter.

Beatrice Potter is a successful marketing specialist at Paper Fellows and OX Essays. She specializes in supporting clients to build their personal and professional brands, especially in fast-changing markets. Beatrice runs workshops and seminars at Top essay writing services UK, where she helps clients to work on their communication, team management and confidence skills.

7 Tips for Working Remotely

The Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a surge in the number of people working remotely across the globe. It is expected that many employers will allow their staff to continue working from home even after the pandemic has ended. In this post, we will share essential tips for working remotely.

One key concern many have when it comes to working from home is maintaining productivity levels.

#1. Create a workspace 

It may sound simple, but your psychological devotion to work will improve if you have the space to do it. 

Make your workspace ergonomic

Your employer has a legal obligation to protect you from injury while at work.

Therefore, when you are in the office, you will often be provided with a good desk, chair and other equipment to promote good posture.

These measures help to prevent conditions such as repetitive strain injury from forming.

Now that you are working remotely, it is very important that you create a healthy workspace to prevent injury.

Here are some top tips for creating a healthy workspace when working remotely:

  • Ask your employer if you can borrow equipment from the office. You may be able to borrow a desk or office chair if you do not have access to one.
  • Ensure that your back is supported to reduce the risk of developing back pain. Do this by adjusting the height, back position and tilt of your office chair. If you do not have access to an ergonomic office chair, a temporary solution may be to use a back support. Back Care Solutions offers a range of posture supports to attach to your chair.
  • Rest your feet flat on the floor. If necessary, use a footrest. Posturite offer a wide range of footrests and leg rests for use whilst at your desk.
  • Ensure that your computer screen is at eye-level. If you are using a laptop, consider using a laptop stand.
  • Find a location that has good natural lighting during the day. If required, use a desk lamp. The desk lamp by Lumie, helps to treat the symptoms of SAD, whilst boosting concentration.
  • Consider using a standing desk if remaining seated for long periods of time is not ideal. 
  • Avoid screen glare from your desktop. If required, invest in an anti-glare solution.
  • Take regular breaks. If you find it useful, practice The Pomodoro Technique. An app like Focus To-do may help you to take regular breaks and boost your productivity.

Read: The NHS guide to sitting at your desk correctly.

#2. Create and stick to a routine 

Sticking to a routine will benefit both your productivity and mental wellbeing when working remotely or from home.

Ensuring that you set boundaries and schedule in downtime will really help to promote your wellbeing and avoid burnout.

Here are some top tips for creating and sticking to a work routine:

  • Wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day. If a traditional alarm clock isn’t effective for you, there are a range of alternatives available. For example, Ruggie is an alarm clock mat that will only switch off after standing on the mat for a minimum of 3 seconds.
  • If you are able to work flexibly, wake up at a time that suits you best. Find out your chronotype and adjust your work schedule accordingly.
  • Once you have your working hours sorted out, you could plan snack and meal preparation. Time is easily wasted when it is lunchtime and you haven’t planned what to eat. Have a sufficient break time laid out in the morning and afternoon, it is good for you!  
  • Get dressed every day! When working remotely, it can be tempting to stay in your pyjamas all day. However, getting dressed for the day every morning will help your to maintain your routine. If you want to wear something more comfortable, purchase a few loungewear items! Retailers including Boohoo, ASOS, Missguided and Pretty little thing are offering a range of loungewear items.
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For the sake of good mental health, don’t spend all day glued to a screen. If you live with somebody else try and do something together, even if it just going for a walk. Doing so will help to reduce feelings of isolation or loneliness.

#3. Ensure you exercise 

Of all the tips for working remotely, this is amongst the most important.

The lockdown has presented a fantastic opportunity for many people who feel they don’t exercise as they never have time. 

If may think that work commitment has restricted you from exercising, or maybe balancing work with family. Now, whether working from home or elsewhere beyond the office, that has changed. 

Whilst working remotely does mean just that, gone is the time spent on commuting, or perhaps venturing out for food. That lost time is now yours to occupy in a way you see fit.

Work out at home

Joe Wicks has seen an enormous boost in popularity during the lockdown period. Most of his workouts can be done from home.

If you are feeling stressed, consider yoga. Glo is an online yoga platform that offers over 3000 yoga videos online. You could schedule in a yoga session during your lunch break!

Here is an example of a 30 minute home workout session that does not require any additional equipment.

If you would like to advance your home workouts you could invest in equipment such as resistance bands, a yoga mat and weights.

If you still find it difficult to find the time to fit in a workout session whilst working remotely, one tip is to consider getting an under-desk exercise machine. Alternatively, you could try deskercise!

YouTube: Study with Jess

#4. Enjoying video calling 

Although it takes some getting used to, many a workday will now consist of conference calls. Try and turn on the video for a call, even if you don’t like showing yourself.

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YouTube: Tina Young

It can feel a bit awkward at first speaking with headphones on to several people all on your screen at once. But make an effort to overcommunicate! Talk about your opinion on a matter, what you have been up to, what challenges you in lockdown.

Proving that you can cope with working from home is a strong statement. Ensure if you meet new people that you connect to them via LinkedIn. Even lockdown has proved a good time to network!

Being positive and displaying this attitude is what people want to see. Be it the rest of your team, a recruiter, your friends. 

It can be initially very difficult getting used to the lockdown. The lack of face-to-face interaction with your colleagues is testing. So make sure you chat to people as much as you can, especially if not work-related!

To enjoy video calling and make the most of it, make sure you have an excellent setup:

#5. Look at courses 

Another blessing of the lockdown is the time afforded that you previously didn’t have. If you are job hunting or looking ahead to the end of university this is definitely important. 

At university, there is understandably rather a lot of distraction in between set work. But in lockdown, you can use the time to potentially improve your CV ahead of other graduates. 

Are you are interested in digital account management, SEO or digital marketing? We here at Graduate Coach offer several courses and seminars in these career markets. Technology and digital work is becoming increasingly popular in the graduate world and is well worth considering. 

Need other suggestions? Think about tools that employers like to see. Microsoft Office is an expected criterion for many employers. Yet many courses at university don’t give you much variety involving Microsoft Office. Look at websites such as Udemy, where there are excellent courses on Excel. 

Alternatively, you could enrol in a programme such as Jolt. Jolt is for startup employees, freelancers, entrepreneurs, team leaders and more who would like to brush up their skills in:

  • Management and leadership
  • Marketing, sales and customer services
  • personal skills and self-development
  • product management
  • Data
  • Finance

#6. Keep up your favourite tips for working remotely

The lockdown working life can’t last forever. Eventually, many remote workers will be recalled on a full-time basis to the office. 

But just because this happens, don’t forget the best remote job tips you discovered. If you develop a good routine, try and transition that the best way possible to office life. 

If you feel yourself feeling mentally stronger after exercising, keep it up! Try not to revert to old habits you left behind before lockdown. Remembering your progress and ensuring it continues is as important as implementing it to begin with.  

If you missed the workplace buzz, then going back is something to look forward to. But it doesn’t mean you need to drop everything you started doing if it was beneficial! 

#7. Avoid social media 

A big tendency of people who are meant to be working is to be distracted by your phone. It is all too easy to flit through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at the touch of a button. 

Consider uninstalling the applications off your phone, it will no doubt save you many pointless distractions.

Try to remember that during working hours, you should work! TV and social media can wait!

We hope that you found this blog post on tips for working remotely helpful in any small way. Although these are strange times, and quite daunting, they also present a lot of opportunities. 

It might not seem like it now, but once you commit to bettering yourself you will see the difference. 

Even if you aren’t sure any of this will help, try the first step of creating a workspace. Notice the difference, then move on to the next step. 

If you have any questions or need one-to-one tuition, we are here to make a difference and get you a dream job. Check out the rest of our blog on other top tips!

LinkedIn for Graduates: Personal Branding To Land Your Dream Job

We’ve all been there, straight out of education and into the world of business. We may see our friends and classmates securing new internships and graduate jobs, but we’re still scrambling with job applications and uncertainty. 

But there is one way to get in front of hundreds of potential employers quickly – LinkedIn

LinkedIn boasts over 30 million company pages, meaning it’s the best place to reverse-engineer your job search and attract an employer to YOU. 

But how do you use it successfully?  Here’s how to create a perfect LinkedIn profile.

This is a guest post by Sakeena Khatib, the strategy director at Hytn.

1) Leave no stone unturned, complete your profile page

Ensure every possible field on your profile is complete. The more complete your profile is, the more seriously you will be taken. 

➡️The more complete your profile is, the priority it will be given in recruiter’s searches. In other words, the more information you share on your profile, the more visible your profile will be in the search results.

Profile photo

Your profile photo should be a headshot. But not necessarily a professional one.

Authenticity sells, and a less corporate, but still appropriate picture showing enthusiasm and personality could pay dividends – especially when looking to work for more creative or tech companies.

➡️LinkedIn profiles with profile pictures receive up to 14x more views.

Background photo

Customising your background photo is a good way to illustrate your personal brand and gives the impression that you have put a lot of thought into completing your profile.

The recommended size for your background photo is 1584 x by 396 pixels. You can use Canva to design your very own LinkedIn background image. There are plenty of LinkedIn background photo templates that you can customise and download for free.

Tagline

 Try and refrain away from a tagline of “Looking for a Graduate Job” or “Graduated from XXXX with XXX”. Although these generic taglines will make it clear you have graduated, they are also vanilla and don’t allow for differentiation in a competitive market.

Be creative. You could try “An expert in Software Engineering, and a recent graduate from King’s College – passionate about all things .NET.” 

Fill out your summary section

Think of your summary section as the first few lines of a well-written cover letter. Keep it concise, highlight your qualifications and express your goals.

Remember to include keywords that are relevant to the graduate jobs you wish to apply for.

Work Experience

Don’t undermine your experience. You may never have worked a day in your life, or you may have worked in retail or as a barista to get you through University.

The trick is to never undermine these experiences because you learn something from everything. All skills are relevant skills.

Graduate employers will be keen to see evidence of transferable skills. You may have gained transferable skills from your work experience placements, internships, part-time jobs or even extracurricular activities.

Once you understand that every experience in your life has somewhat shaped your characteristics, you will take every experience and understand how it can be used in the business world. 

For example, You worked as a Barista at Starbucks for three years. You didn’t just make coffee. You were a master at time-management, juggling tasks simultaneously and working in high-pressure, demanding environments

If you can do that for three years, you have skills and you need to shout about them on your profile. The more experience you list, the more likely you will have something in common with potential employers. 

Where you can, upload examples of your work.

➡️The soft skills that you have developed such communication, teamwork and time management are desirable to graduate recruiters.

Be contactable

Make yourself approachable and contactable.

Your email address and even your phone number should be visible to potential employers and recruiters. There’s also a tick-box of “Open to New Opportunities” – ensure this is on.

Education

Graduate recruiters will be interested in this section to check that you meet the minimum academic requirements for the job.

Pad out this section with as much information as you can including:

  • What and where you studied
  • Your degree classification
  • A-level results and possibly GCSEs (although this is not always necessary)

2) Connecting is great, but content is king. 

Posting video tutorials, pictures, and posts on how you’re upskilling is authentic, shows personality and not many graduates have the confidence to do it. 

Sam Winsbury, a student at The University of Birmingham and owner of That Personal Branding Guy states that exposure makes a person less of a stranger – “simply by appearing on their feed every day, you will become liked and trusted.”

So if employers see you posting relevant and engaging content on their feed and then see you in their application inbox, subconsciously they’ve already warmed to you – you’re no longer a stranger.

If you can do that for three years, you have skills and you need to shout about them on your profile. The more experience you list, the more likely you will have something in common with potential employers. 

3) Nearly every job field on LinkedIn has a relevant group and you should join it. 

The owners, managers and employers all recruiting for that skillset will be there and if you’re able to comment, add value and even offer freelance services to those in that community, you build a reputation, which will bring you jobs and exposure.

Group of preofessionals gathered together at work in the office
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4) Use your profile to apply for jobs.

Just typing in “Graduate” into a UK Job search on LinkedIn shows me over 15,000 results. 

And the magic behind applications through LinkedIn is that they’re often one-click, and show the personality behind the application. 

You could even go one step further and message the employers direct with a portfolio of your skills. 

It allows for unlimited exposure and communication. 

5) Connect with people in your network

Be sure to connect with former peers and colleagues. Connecting with the people you know will help you to build up and stay in touch with your professional network.

Once they become connections also ask them to endorse your skills and request recommendations.

Linkedin for graduates app on phone
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6) Lastly, don’t wait until Graduation day to start this.

The competition for graduate jobs is fierce, and top employers are looking for forward-thinking individuals to join them. 

If you’re already engaging with them whilst studying, you will ooze sophistication and confidence, which will bring employers to you. 

Summary: LinkedIn for graduates

Taking these steps in marketability is training for the business world itself. It teaches confidence, putting yourself out there, and is the first step on the career ladder. 

Guest author bio: With a background in PR, Branding and Recruitment, Sakeena has taken. her core skills to the next level. She combines Marketing and. Branding with Recruitment to create the best possible campaigns for her clients, bridging the gap of understanding between Branding and Recruitment.

If you are in the process of searching for a graduate job, a well-optimised LinkedIn profile is a must! It is equally important that your other social media profiles are also professional!

We hope you enjoyed our LinkedIn for graduates post!

Finding it hard to land a graduate job? Get in touch with the team here at Graduate Coach! We offer students, graduates and career changers career coaching, interview training, online courses and more!

Everything you need to know about using a recruitment agency for the first time

If you’re looking for your first role after graduating from university or college, you should try to use any resource you can, especially in a tough job market.

Did you know that using a recruitment agency is completely free and can help put you in front of fantastic employers in your field?

At Tiger Recruitment, we can help you find graduate jobs available, even though the pandemic has meant that some roles have been put on hold.

Below is our complete guide to using a recruitment agency for the first time, what to look for in a great agency and tips to help you get the most out of the experience. 

This is a guest post by Rebecca Siciliano, the Managing Director of Tiger Recruitment.

What is a recruitment agency? 

A recruitment agency matches businesses and private individuals with potential job seekers. A recruitment consultant acts as a sort of middleman between the job seeker and an employer throughout the hiring process, organising interview times and relaying feedback to the relevant party.

If you’re a job seeker, this is an entirely free service – all you have to do is register with the agency and they will do the work for you. When a placement is finalised, it’s the company who pays the agency for helping them find a fantastic employee. 

How do I know if an agency is right for me?

There are hundreds of different recruitment agencies out there. Depending on the role or the industry you want to work in, you can register with either a generalist or specialist agency to help. 

For example, Tiger focuses on business support, private household, hospitality, virtual and HR recruitment. We specialise in roles like personal assistants, executive assistants, receptionists and office managers, alongside staff for private households, hospitality establishments or HR teams.

We are also industry-agnostic, whereas other recruitment agencies may focus on one particular industry, like media or finance. Do your research to find the best agency for your intended career path. 

It’s important that your consultant listens to your preferences and aims to match you with a role to suit your personality as well as your skills.

This is important as you’re so much more than your CV! Look for agencies that have good testimonials from other job seekers, or ask around in your own circle to see if anyone you know has had a great experience with an agency. 

Benefits of using a Recruitment Agency

There are many benefits to enlisting the help of an agency throughout the recruitment process.

First, your consultant will support you with moral support and coaching at every stage of the job hunt, from the first interview until you sign your employment contract (and beyond)!

It will also save you time, as your consultant will work to find roles that suit you, rather than you having to scour job boards and send hundreds of individual applications. 

As some employers exclusively use recruitment agencies to source particular roles, it’s possible your consultant will put you forward for a position you wouldn’t otherwise have had access to.

Lastly, many job agencies offer support and resources for job seekers, which is extremely helpful for graduates entering the job market for the first time.

Whether you’re looking for CV and career advice, interview training or professional development opportunities, a good recruitment consultant will be able to help you.  

How do I register? 

The registration process differs slightly for every agency, however, you will usually submit an initial enquiry online if you’re interested in registering.

If they feel your experience is suited to their clients and roles, they will then invite you in for a face-to-face registration.

This is usually a 30-minute chat where your consultant will talk through your CV and ask questions about your experience and achievements. 

They will also use the opportunity to find out what you’re looking for in a role, including the types of companies you’d like to work for.

This allows them to gain an understanding of what environment you’re best suited to working in.

It’s not unusual for them to ask you to bring certain documents to your registration, like your passport (to prove you have the right to work in the country), or other qualifications. 

What happens after I’ve registered?

After your registration interview, your consultant will upload your details into a database. This will allow you to be considered for any vacancies called into the agency that fit your skills and preferences.

If you’re applying for a business support role, you may be asked to complete skills testing to assess relevant skills such as touch-typing or Microsoft Office proficiency. 

If your consultant finds a role they want to put you forward for, they will check with you to make sure you want to be considered for a position. A consultant should never share your details with an employer without first asking your permission.

Generally, a shortlist of three-five candidates is then sent to the company seeking to hire. From there, they will make the decision to invite you in for an interview with them. 

Agency etiquette

When using a recruitment agency, it’s important to follow a few rules of etiquette to ensure your consultant puts your forward for as many opportunities as possible.

Firstly, keep your interview slot with the agency – if you’re late or you cancel at the last minute, it may lead them to believe you’re unreliable. It’s also a good idea to dress smartly for your agency interview and have a positive attitude (think of it as a practice run for future job interviews). 

Next, make sure to return phone calls from your consultants in a timely manner, as they need to be able to act quickly with the client in order to stay ahead. This is also an indicator of your enthusiasm for a role and will encourage your consultant to put your forward for the opportunity. 

Finally, if your consultant puts your forward for an interview with a client, you should conduct your own research into the company and interviewer. Alongside this, make sure you read the interview brief and job spec carefully, as this will allow you to be as prepared as you possibly can be. 

lady using a recruitment agency service

Tips on how to work with an agency and secure your dream role 

  • Make sure you’re in regular contact with your recruitment agency via email, updating them on any changes to your circumstances
  • Always check your agency’s website to see the current roles they have on their books 
  • Follow your recruitment agency on social media as they will post job listings that may interest you, as well as resources to help you with your job hunt 
  • Take some time to ensure your CV is polished and well-formatted so it stands out from the rest
  • When you’ve been to the interview, call your consultant and give them feedback so they can pass it on to the client
  • Once you’ve been presented with a job offer, give your answer to your consultant and return any contracts or paperwork as soon as possible

Finding your first full-time role can be daunting, especially given the current situation and uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, by partnering up with a fantastic recruitment agency, they will be able to offer you the help and support you need to navigate your job hunt. 

Author bio: Rebecca Siciliano is the Managing Director of Tiger Recruitment, a consultancy that specialises in business support, HR, private, hospitality and virtual recruitment.

Tiger Recruitment is headquartered in London with offices in Dubai and New York.

Is it too late to get an internship after graduation?

So, you’ve recently graduated, and now your thinking about how you will launch your career as a graduate.

Perhaps you missed out on getting any internships whilst you were at university and feel an internship would help you to discover your career path.

In this post, we’ll answer a commonly asked question: is it too late to get an internship after graduation?

Assessed Internships

Most of the large companies that hire an intake of graduates every year offer internships.

They usually offer these internships to undergraduate students who have completed years 1 and 2 of their degree. These are delivered as a highly structured summer internship programme.

The undergraduate students who successfully get a place on the summer internship programme will be assessed during the internship for their suitability for a graduate scheme at the company.

graduates who do well during the internship will usually be fast-tracked through the application process for the graduate scheme at the company.

If offered a place on the graduate scheme, they will start the following summer, once they have completed their degree.

For example, Shell offers undergraduate students and postgraduate students the opportunity to apply for their assessed internship.

During their assessed internship programme, candidates will have a midterm review and a final review with their supervisor. This assessment could lead to am employment opportunity in a full-time role.

Large graduate employers often have a summer internship programme to help them to identify potential talent. Candidates that have completed an internship at the company and who perform well are a much lower risk than a candidate who hasn’t.

As those who complete an internship with these companies as a student have a greater chance of getting a graduate job there, places on these summer internships tend to be very competitive.

So to summarise, if you have already graduated it may be too late to get a summer internship at one of the larger companies.

If you have already graduated is it too late to get an internship?

The short answer to this question is no.

Here are some tips for getting an internship if you’ve already graduated:

  • Be on the lookout for companies that offer off-cycle internships. These may be open for graduates, or larger companies that offer internship programmes for those who have already graduated.

    For example, Commerzbank, offers off-cycle internships that range from 8 weeks to 12 months. Students (both undergraduate and graduate) and those who have already graduated are eligible to apply.

    Accenture also offers a graduate internship in Marketing and Communications. The internship commences each year in September on a 6-month contract. Applications for this graduate internship programme opens in late spring.
  • Look for internship opportunities at smaller companies. Assessed internships are not exclusive to large companies.

    Smaller companies also assess their interns. Some smaller companies hire candidates for a short period of time to determine whether they would make a good fit in a permanent role at the company.
  • Write an achievement-based CV. Don’t forget to include the experiences that you have gained from extracurricular activities.

We are here to help!

If you are struggling to find employment post graduating, do not hesitate to contact us. We have been coaching students, graduates and career changers for over 10 years. We can help you to boost your employability and teach you lifelong skills such as how to perform well in interviews.

We also offer Digital Marketing internships as part of our 6-stage 1-2-1 career coaching programme. On this programme, candidates gain theoretical and practical experience in areas such as SEO, PPC and Social Media.

What job can I get with my degree?

So you’ve finished your degree, graduated, and now it’s time to get a job.

You certainly want to get a graduate-level job, but you have no idea what career path is right for you.

If you are in this predicament, don’t panic! Graduate Coach is here to help you!

In this post, we will outline what jobs you can get with your degree, regardless of what you studied at university.

Most graduate jobs do not require a specific degree subject

Yes, you read that right. Most graduate jobs do not require a specific degree.

In fact, recruiters hire graduates from a broad range of degree disciplines to introduce more diversity in their workforce.

It is a little known fact that graduate jobs can be divided into three typologies:

  • Specialists
  • Knowledge architects
  • Communicators

Specialists are hired for their specific knowledge and expertise in a particular area.

Some examples include computer scientists, pharmacists and doctors.

Only around 10% of graduates fall into this category. These specialist graduate roles require a specific degree.

The remaining 90% of graduate jobs do not require a particular degree subject.

Knowledge architects are hired for their ability to analyse information and derive insights from them.

Examples of knowledge architects include graduate roles in consulting, accounting and finance or banking.

Communicators are hired for their ability to build and maintain viable relationships with clients and internal teams.

Examples of communicator graduate jobs include sales, marketing and PR.

types of graduate jobs
Read more about graduate job typologies in The Student Book, by Chris Davies

If you aren’t a specialist who wants to pursue a career based on your degree subject, there’s a lot of options available to you.

Think of your degree as an entry pass to the graduate job market

Now that you have your degree, the graduate job market will open up for you.

Most graduate jobs and graduate schemes ask for a minimum of a 2:1 degree in any subject.

The academic requirements will vary across companies. So do not despair if you achieved a 2:2.

However, simply having a degree does not guarantee you a graduate job. The graduate market is incredibly competitive.

It’s a sobering statistic, but only 52% of graduates get a graduate-level job. The rest become underemployed and work in jobs that did not require a degree.

To put it bluntly, your academics alone, will not impress graduate recruiters.

Graduate recruiters are looking for workplace-ready graduates who can demonstrate their employability skills.

This is why getting a Masters degree straight after your bachelors won’t necessarily help you to get a job.

Read:
Unemployed with a Master’s [What to do next]
Should I do a Master’s degree?

To summarise the points above, most graduate jobs do not specify a specific degree. Once you meet the minimum academic requirements, your personality and skills will outweigh your academics.

So without further ado, here are some graduate jobs you can get with any degree.

#1: Law

It is a common misconception that you need to have studied an LLB in Law in order to get a career in the legal field.

This could not be further from the truth with many city law firms hiring 50% non-law graduates.

legal recruiters hire graduates from all degree disciplines.

If for example, you wish to become a solicitor at a city law firm, the company will pay for you to take a conversion course and to get the required legal practise to qualify as a solicitor.

Some examples of law firms that recruit graduates with law and non-law degrees include: Linklaters, Weil, Clifford Chance, Reed Smith and many more.

Resources for launching a graduate career in law:

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#2: Consulting

If you have an aptitude for analysis and are commercially aware, a career in consulting might be for you.

Like law, consulting is very competitive to get into. Once you tick the academic box, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate a broad skill set. Graduate recruiters in consulting look for very specific skills and aptitudes in graduates.

Consulting firms that hire graduates include, PwC, Bain, McKinsey, Accenture, EY, Deloitte, BCG, KPMG, IBM and more.

Resources for launching a graduate career in consulting:

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#3: Human Resources (HR)

You don’t need a degree in HR to get a job in this area. In a HR role, you will help to manage the workforce. This may involve recruitment, training staff, reviewing salary and more.

All large companies across all industries will have a HR department. Network Rail, Shell, Ford, Virgin media are all examples of companies that hire graduates for HR roles.

Many employers help the graduates on their HR graduate schemes to gain a CIPD-approved postgraduate qualification.

Resources for launching your graduate career in HR:

#4: Civil Service

The Civil Service Fast Stream is an award-winning leadership development programme. It develops people from a wide range of backgrounds who have the potential to be future leaders.

The Civil Service Faststream offers 15 different programmes for graduates.

They specifically state on their website:

“Regardless of the degree subject you studied, there’s a scheme for you”.

Civil Service Faststream

Most of the fast stream programmes have a minimum of a 2:1 or 2:2 degree in any subject.

The Fast stream offers a competitive starting salary starting from £27,000 – £28,000. This rises to £45,000 to £55,000 upon completion.

Some of the streams include commercial, digital data and technology, Human resources, Finance and more.

The application process for the Fast Stream involves completing online tests, a video interview, an assessment centre and a final selection board.

Further resources on The Civil Service Fast Stream:

#5: Accounting

You do not need a degree in accounting to become an Accountant.

The Big four accounting firms don’t ask for a specific degree subject. Some do not even ask for a minimum of a 2:1.

They are much more concerned with your skills and potential. They are willing to invest in high calibre candidates and support them by gaining the necessary qualifications to become a professional in the field.

Resources for starting a graduate career in accounting

#6: Investment Banking

Investment banking is all about buying, selling, dividing and combining companies or entities.

Investment banks can be divided into three categories, front, middle and back-office. Roles within the front office include traders, strategists, sales, analysts.

Roles within the back and middle office include legal and compliance, HR, Technology and risk management.

A career in investment banking is not just for finance, economics and maths graduates.

Investment banking is another field that is open for graduates from all degree disciplines.

Leading graduate recruiters in Investment Banking include Barclays, Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, HSBC, Nomura and more.

Resources for getting a graduate job in investment banking:


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#7: Working for a charity

If you are a socially-conscious graduate, who wants to make a real difference, there are opportunities in the third sector.

The larger charitable organisations are more likely to offer graduate jobs to graduates with any degree.

Some examples include:

#8: Technology

Some jobs in technology are for specialists who have studied a degree in a STEM subject.

However, if you did not study a STEM-related degree such as computer science, but have a passion for technology, there are opportunities for you.

If you fall into the communicator or knowledge architect graduate job typologies your skills will be valued in the tech field.

Tech companies and consulting firms need people who can relay technical concepts to client and internal teams effectively.

Capgemini divides their technical graduate jobs into three categories:

  • Technical roles – for those with a technical background
  • Technology consulting roles – for those who are tech enthusiasts who want to work with technology, but not build the technology
  • Business/ consulting roles– for those wanting to work in the tech sector but in a client-facing or operations role.

As you can see, only one of the three categories requires a tech-related degree. Anyone with a degree in any other subject can get a job in technology consulting roles.

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#9: Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing is another field that attracts graduates with a degree in any subject.

If you are a graduate who is both analytical and creative, a career in Digital marketing might be for you.

You may decide to specialise in a specific area of Digital Marketing such as PPC, SEO, Programmatic Display, Social Media or digital PR.

Here at Graduate Coach, we have helped several graduates to launch successful careers in Digital Marketing!

Resources for starting a graduate career in Digital Marketing

#10: Working at a start-up

Perhaps working at a large corporate isn’t for you. Maybe you would prefer to be a big fish in a small pond.

If so, you might want to consider working at a start-up.

One of the best solutions, when you don’t know what job to get with your degree, is to gain broad experience.

Working at a start-up will often allow you to “wear many hats” or in other words try out many roles.

Many start-ups and smaller companies will gladly take on entrepreneurial graduates with degrees in any subject.

If you are interested in getting a job at a start-up company, you’ll need to do lots of research. This is because opportunities at start-ups will be less advertised.

Resources for graduates looking to get a graduate job at a start-up

#11: Teaching

Have you considered becoming a teacher?

If you are considering becoming a teacher at a UK state school, you’ll need to have a degree and a recognised teaching qualification.

Teaching might be a good option for you if you are really passionate about the subject that you studied at university. You’ll be able to use your passion to inspire the next generation.

Resources for graduates considering a career in teaching:

#12: Policing

Police officers work with their community to maintain law and order and to protect members of the public.

It is a challenging career path for graduates from any degree subject.

Police now offers two graduate training programmes, the national detective programme and the national graduate leadership programme.

Resources for graduates who are thinking of becoming a police officer:

What job can I get with my degree: Summary

Thanks for taking the time to read our post! We hope it has given you some ideas on what job you can get with your degree.

Graduate employers are looking for much more than a degree. They are looking for high-calibre graduates who have a broad skill set and experience.

What you studied, where you studied and what grades you got doesn’t make you stand out in the competitive graduate job market.

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We can help you! Here at Graduate Coach, we offer interview training, one-to-one coaching, online courses, books and workshops.