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Information and help for graduate job seekers on this page including the biggest graduate recruiters in the UK. Most employers operating in Kent or running schemes eligible to Kent graduates. This link for our main Kent employment page. Some of these links lead to our own resources other are external.
Graduate recruitment, sometimes referred to as the milk round or campus recruitment is usually taken to mean the process of recruiting employees direct from university or soon afterwards. It also implies a specific career path with training and development dedicated to the scheme. Traditionally much of this recruitment has been carried out at job fairs held every year in each university. Today the emphasis is moving towards web based recruitment, even leading employers don't attend every university's job fair.
All organisations actively seek to recruit well qualified people to their workforce, experienced and talented graduates are in demand but the emphasis on this page is organisation offering dedicated graduate recruitment schemes.
There is data available regarding the organisations that take on the most graduates, at the time of writing the leading UK graduate recruiters included: Boots, National Health Service (NHS), PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, KPMG, Tesco, Royal Bank Of Scotland , Ernst & Young, Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays, British Army, Specsavers, Accenture and Lloyds Pharmacy.
When you look at the regional picture: British Army, NHS, Boots, BAE Systems, Kent County Council, IBM, Hewlett Packard and PricewaterhouseCoopers all feature in the top ten. More details from The Complete University Guide.
Certain vocational degrees are linked to a specific career, others allow for a much wider choice in potential employment paths. In both cases research is the key to maximising your potential. You must set your own priorities and it's not necessarily not all about money. If you wish for a good work life balance you might want to find an employer that offers a few extra days leave a year or a paid sabbatical. You might want (or not want) international travel, a great pension, excellent health care.
In every case if you examine the schemes below you will see employers offering different wages and terms of employment to graduates of about the same level. To use salary as a way of illustrating the importance of research take a very simple example: if organisation A offers on average its graduate recruits £2k more than employer B, and this differential is maintained through the whole career progression it equates to an extra £80k over a 40 year career. Worth doing a few extra hours research for? Graduate Recruiters
Links to many of the leading employers in the region in our directory as well as one or two excellent resources. This isn't an exhaustive list and we welcome submission from graduate recruiters who would like a free listing on this page.
These links are regularly checked but if you find any are broken or out of date please let us know. This is a page under constant development. Feel free to submit information for inclusion. Please see our disclaimer.
Waitrose is part of the JLP (John Lewis Partnership)so employees can expect the same benefits enjoyed by staff at John Lewis. Waitrose is currently expanding across the South East, which means more jobs and more opportunities of progression.
Retail jobs in Kent
The retail sector now dominates employment opportunities in most major towns. We publish a retail employment feature outlining most of the UK's major high street employers including; Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda, Morrisons, B&Q, Boots and many more.
If you've worked hard to get yourself a degree is it time to question if you are getting the most from your qualification? Many large employers have specific recruitment campaigns aimed at attracting graduate entry recruits. Take a look at our guide and see what's going on.