Graduates - Struggling To Find Work?


Struggling To Find Work

Young people have been hit hard by the pandemic. COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the availability of graduate jobs and slowed down recruitment across several sectors.


Securing employment for under 25s has been significantly challenging since Coronavirus became a part of our lives. Many graduates have found it a struggle to gain meaningful employment.


Those at the first steps of their career have been particularly vulnerable, with entry-level jobs reduced by nearly a quarter and 40% of placements and internships cancelled.


Here at Certus Grad, we’re here to let you know it’s not all bad. Though the impact has been severe, we know that many leading employers are still on the lookout for talented individuals.


Barriers to employment


Factors like poor mental health and lack of access to traineeships have been key barriers to employment since the pandemic began.


Despite the shift to remote working and multiple lockdowns, It's important to remember that businesses truly value skilled young people. Some of the biggest employers are offering more graduate jobs, apprenticeships, and leaver programmes than previous years.


The good news


Businesses are looking for ways to support fresh new talent. Forward-thinking organisations are looking to help the next generation of talent. More than ever, inclusion is the focus for business growth, which includes supporting grads from the start.


Firms have stepped up salaries for young people as competition for jobs increases, new research suggests. The typical pay for graduates rose to £30.5k in 2021, up by £833 according to the Institute of Student Employers.


At Certus Grad, we understand the competition is fierce, however, the number of entry-level jobs and internships posted on LinkedIn this year saw a 3.3% increase.


To make sure you’re prepared for your next move, we’ve gathered a list of things you can do to kickstart your career and make the process as smooth as possible.


Take care of your mental health

First and foremost, your wellbeing should be prioritised. Before you welcome your next exciting opportunity, ensure that you take the headspace to think about what you want and the direction you’d like to take.


Connect with a recruitment professional

Recruiters are there to help and support you through the job-hunting process. Graduate Agencies, in particular, specialise in helping those who have just completed a degree. At Certus Grad, we support fresh graduates through to those with up to 3 years experience.


Set (realistic) goals

Set yourself a job-seeking target each day. This could be identifying and outlining your employability skills or applying for a certain number of roles. You could think of job-seeking as a job in itself, applying for graduate roles in the day and keeping evenings and weekends free.


Spring clean your CV

While you’re waiting to land the ideal role, review your CV and take the time to consider what makes you stand out. Think about your strengths, your transferable skills, and the personal qualities you can bring to a business.


Polish your online presence

Make sure your LinkedIn profile is dazzling, and by dazzling we mean optimised, updated, and utilised. We’ve put together a handy guide here on how to use LinkedIn during a job search.


Develop your knowledge and skills

Additional study such as an online course can really help if you’re feeling restless or looking to fill a gap. Personal learning will keep you on the right track and help to develop you professionally. It also shows employers that you’re committed and interested in your growth.


Remain alert

There will be an influx of jobs for grads in the new year. Remain patient and keep an eye out for new roles and what the deadlines for the applications are. With the help of your recruitment consultant, LinkedIn and email alerts, you’ll be able to stay on top of the latest opportunities.


Stay positive

It can be easy to get discouraged. Around this time of year, many companies are slowing down their hiring processes. The good news is, January is the best time to search for a new role. There are opportunities out there for young people who have been hit hardest by the pandemic.


At Certus Grad, we work with a wide range of ambitious, exciting businesses. We want to take the struggles and stresses out of your job hunt. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can support you.