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    Just in case I end up not being able to get a job is there any graduate schemes which are fairly easy to get into? I.e none specific ones from the not so high profile organisations?

    Is it easier to get into the public sector? I know their graduate schemes can be difficult to get into.

    This is just as a backup plan, if I get desperate enough I will even apply for McDonalds graduate scheme (not that there is anything wrong with that)
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    Try looking for smaller local companies, or more random ones that do less well know things (like make pipes for example :rolleyes: ) You don't necessarily have to go for a specific graduate training scheme either, look through the local paper for some ideas.
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    I've had a look but I haven't seen anything that great yet, I guess I am still trying to get the job I want. I am hoping to write to lots of companies tomorrow and hopefully I will get some response. With all the fuss from my family and frends I need to get a job where you need a degree or my degree will be very useful
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    Well, smaller companies have no money for assesment centres which is good news. The pay would the same as the big multinationals but without all the benefits.
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    MacyDs grad recruitment is actually pretty hard. Good salaries same as the supermarkets hence hard competition.
    Public sector grad is hard and non grad is v low paid.
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    So smaller companies are probably the best way to go then? I am just getting so worried although I realise I have not given job hunting enough time yet. Apparantly for my line of work its much easier to get work nearer to Christmas as a lot of graduates allready have jobs so there is less people applying. I am not sure how much truth their is in this though.
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    What jobs are you applying for at the moment?
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    well you need to be doing something by the end of the summer even if its temping otherwise you will have gaps in your employment history to explain.
    Theres no such thing as an easy job AT, you need to apply and apply and apply and notget downhearted when you don't succeed at first.
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    I've applied for a couple of web development jobs, tomorrow I am going to write to lots of companies explaining my skills and why I might be able to offer somthing different (but in a subtle way).

    I am doing leaflets at the moment so its not like I am doing nothing, but this won't look that good on my CV. I also have a private web project I am doing which will become a mini business.

    I do need a some kind of 'proper' employment by the end of the summer for social reasons if nothing else though. Even if I am just doing some crappy £10k a year job.
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    Temping work is really hard to get at the moment with all the students around....why not register with an agency specialising in IT recruitment? I know a lot of people disprove of agencies but my sister has just graduated and she's found them really helpful...
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    (Original post by ilovemonkeys)
    Temping work is really hard to get at the moment with all the students around....why not register with an agency specialising in IT recruitment? I know a lot of people disprove of agencies but my sister has just graduated and she's found them really helpful...
    A couple already have my record on file, one sent me an email about a job but it wasn't suitable, "must have commercial experience of Java programming" well not many new graduates will have that.

    I suppose I should not have left it so late, I just could not concentrate on trying to pass my degree and getting a job at the same time.
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    (Original post by AT82)
    Just in case I end up not being able to get a job is there any graduate schemes which are fairly easy to get into? I.e none specific ones from the not so high profile organisations?

    Is it easier to get into the public sector? I know their graduate schemes can be difficult to get into.

    This is just as a backup plan, if I get desperate enough I will even apply for McDonalds graduate scheme (not that there is anything wrong with that)
    I know that the Civil Service Fast Stream graduate programme is extremely difficult to get on. However, that isn't the only way in!
    If you want a public sector job, a website I found pretty useful was: http://www.jobsgopublic.com/
    Also, have a look at: http://www.servicewide.civil-service.gov.uk/logon.asp

    In terms of other graduate schemes, what is your degree going to be in?
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    (Original post by Peach)
    I know that the Civil Service Fast Stream graduate programme is extremely difficult to get on. However, that isn't the only way in!
    If you want a public sector job, a website I found pretty useful was: http://www.jobsgopublic.com/
    Also, have a look at: http://www.servicewide.civil-service.gov.uk/logon.asp

    In terms of other graduate schemes, what is your degree going to be in?
    Thanks I have a look at that, I have just got a 2:1 in Multimedia and Internet Technology.
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    (Original post by AT82)
    Thanks I have a look at that, I have just got a 2:1 in Multimedia and Internet Technology.
    Congratulations on your 2:1

    I don't know much about graduate schemes in that area, but I would suggest checking out the BBC website if you haven't already done so.

    Also, you may want to take a look at http://www.freelancers.net
    They have a range of freelance work in the area of web design etc. Could help with cash flow for the meantime...

    Good luck!
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    Forgot to say - check out the Guardian on Wednesdays (society and media jobs)
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    A lot depends on how flexible you are.
    I have recently been accepted onto Centrica's graduate IT scheme but I have to move down to Staines.
    Centrica are the parent compant of British Gas so are a well established company to join.
    Have a look at www.centricagraduates.com. From the date of me filling in the online form, to going through the phone filter interview, and the assessment centre, to being offered a place took approximately 1 month.

    I *think* Centrica are still still recruiting - it is a hard process, but worth it in the long run. It is probably also worth applying to some other graduate schemes even if you dont think you have a chance.

    Assessment centres are not much fun but going to one will really help with your interview technique, and will give a guide as to what people are looking for / what to expect.
    Just dont get put off by rejection.
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    the other thing you need to do AT is to get that driving license sorted out asap
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    the other thing you need to do AT is to get that driving license sorted out asap
    It depends, if I am living in the big city I refuse to drive as simple as that, there is far too much traffic as it is without me adding to the problems. I just can't afford it at the moment either as it will cost £100's of it not £1000's.

    I am also useless at those shape questions so if you have to tests I am likely to fail on the maths part. I also don't have a C in English or Maths (crappy school - now closed down)
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    (Original post by AT82)
    It depends, if I am living in the big city I refuse to drive as simple as that, there is far too much traffic as it is without me adding to the problems. I just can't afford it at the moment either as it will cost £100's of it not £1000's.

    I am also useless at those shape questions so if you have to tests I am likely to fail on the maths part. I also don't have a C in English or Maths (crappy school - now closed down)
    I didnt have to do any tests like that - I ended up doing a telephone based role play (they phoned me up being an arsey customer, and I had to act like a manager and sort their problems), then after passing that, went to an assessment centre where we did:

    Watson Glazer Critical Thinking test (some psychological thing)
    Case study (had to write a proposal to management)
    Group based discussion
    Face to face interview (Competancy based)
    Scenario based interview (Basically, they told me a scenario, I had to say what I would do while answering any questions etc).

    It was 2 days of high pressure hell, but from speaking to others, nearly ALL graduate schemes follow a very similar format.

    Centrica dont mention anything on their site about GCSE math and english but you have to fill in your qualifications on the website - so you may or may not get past the first stage.

    If I were you, I would apply to everyone that DOESNT specifically mention GCSE maths and English and just try your best - at the end of the day, they are do-able otherwise nobody would apply
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    For most good grad jobs you'll have to drive. My friend does web stuff and even he has to drive up and down the country to meet clients.

    Have you thought of redoing maths and english AT (are those at GCSE?) because if not you wouldn't even be able to do most entry level civil service which specifies 5 GCSEs inc maths and English.
 
 
 
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