Four years working as Director of Careers at City University London has given me the opportunity to watch the impact that graduate recruiters make on campus, as seen through the eyes of the students.
The university landscape has changed dramatically over the last few years. The increasingly competitive undergraduate and postgraduate recruitment environment has forced universities to adopt a more focused approach to attract new students. At the same time higher student fees mean that more first years arrive on campus already aware of the need to start their job search early. Graduate employability has never been higher on the agenda, and the role of the careers service is firmly in the spotlight. This is creating new opportunities for employers.
My experience of leading the careers service at City through this period of change has given me a new appreciation of employer engagement from both an institution’s and a student’s perspective. This view, combined with my experience at Logica and AGR, helps me suggest new ways for employers to engage on campus to find the graduate talent they wish to hire.