Over the past 12 months we have seen an increase in the demand for experienced graduates; the combination of their technical ability and enthusiasm to learn makes this group of people highly desirable for many of our clients. Chrissie Tidey offers her insight to the opportunities available to experienced graduates.
The experienced graduate market has boomed over the last 12 months. Continued economic recovery has increased confidence at this level and thus encouraged fluidity within the market. As a highly competitive market, our clients are looking for an amalgamation of learned technical ability and exemplified soft skills, such as enthusiasm, malleability and adaptability.
A willingness to learn is vital. Our clients are not looking for experts; the focus is very much on ‘the becoming’. Two to three years financial services experience secures professional maturity and integrity for our clients, which provides a fantastic foundation on which build technical knowledge. Our clients do this utilising a number of techniques:
- Expanding existing knowledge through material creation
- Intense internal and external training resource
- On site development aka learning on the job
On site development allows our candidates to learn from specialists. This transfer of knowledge allows our candidates to network with experts in their field, providing consistent quality work and also gives them the opportunity to question those who know best.
Working at this level is a great opportunity to implement transferable skills; this may potentially offer the candidate a change in career focus, providing exploration of the market. We see this occur most frequently for those who work within professional services or for those moving into professional services. Again, learning on the job allows technical familiarity to be developed in a more quantitative and in-depth manner.