Graduate Blog

Trying to climb on the ladder and recruiter sabotage


According to major businesses such as HSBC, Santander, KPMG and Procter & Gamble graduates are not ‘fit’ to be recruited because they are lacking the skills needed. In terms of the skills needed one researcher said that there were “too many to list”. Some of us may feel as though we have been let down by our University because we have achieved a degree but have obtained close to nothing regarding the skills needed to get a job.

Recruiters fail to see that students who have graduated from University have transferrable skills. We have learnt how to apply our knowledge and our life experience to most roles. However we are not given the opportunity to prove that we are good enough. Recruiters say that they give graduates opportunities to join their business, however in actual fact businesses rather go with the safe option. They would rather hire someone that has previous experience and pay them more than take a risk with a recent graduate.

As graduates, we apply for roles although we know we are over qualified, to prove that we have the skills needed also to have the opportunity to work our way up in the business. Again this so called opportunity is not given to us because we are over qualified. We then apply for a higher role and get told we are under qualified. We find ourselves in this catch 22 situation over and over again. Like a revolving door we keep going around and around. So how do we get out of this situation? How many graduates have been to interviews, been unsuccessful and asked for feedback? A few? And how many got feedback? Why do we graduates not demand for an explanation? Constructive criticism will help us improve our interview skills. We spend hours researching, filling out the application form and practicing in front of a mirror to get a one line rejection letter. I am starting to truly believe that the problem is not with us but with the recruiters. In short after an unsuccessful interview, ask for feedback. Do not let the rejection letter put you off.

Finally do not let these studies get to you. Most of us are already volunteering in positions of responsibility. Voluntary positions also include an interview stage. If we were successful in obtaining a voluntary position we are also competent to get a job. A great example of this can be the Metropolitan Police. Most graduates with a Criminology or policing degree end up volunteering as a special constable. The duty, responsibility and powers of a special constable are the same as a regular police officer. The only difference is one is paid and the other is not. When positions become available for special constables to apply for the paid position most of them are denied of the opportunity. Yet they are seen fit to continue as a special constable, doing the same thing as a regular police officer, for free. The problem is not with graduates. The problem is with recruiters. Graduates are so eager to work for free, recruiters take advantage. ‘Why pay for something when you can get it done for free?’

About the Author

Ayten Ayten

I studied Law (Bachelor of law LLB (Hons)) at Middlesex University and obtained a 2.1. I also studied the Bar Professional Training Course at the College of Law and obtained a Very Competent Classification. I was called to the Bar by The Honorable Society at Middle Temple and have the professional title of Barrister-at-Law. I am currently practicing as a lawyer and hope to secure a permanent position within a Law Firm in the near future. I also write fictional books that I endeavour to get published, and I write book reviews.

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