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Graduates need to look harder for jobs

Civil engineering graduates were this week told to be more proactive about seeking out graduate positions.

“In the graduate recruitment sector the gloomy news has, we believe, been exaggerated,” said graduate engineering careers website, Gradcracker.com director Sean O’Connor.

“The effect of this, our University sources tell us, is that many engineering students graduating this summer are simply deciding that it isn’t even worth the bother to search for a job.”

According to NCE sources, smaller firms are still struggling to recruit graduates despite bigger firms cutting back on the numbers that they recruit (see news last week). A small company director recently advertised a £19k graduate position, but is yet to hear back from a single European student.

Gradcracker is keen to assure students that there are still graduate positions out there.

“There are currently 44 employers on Gradcracker who take civil engineering graduates – nearly half (21) are still actively recruiting,” said O’Connor. “In terms of work placements, 17 of these employers are offering paid opportunities.”

Recruitment specialist Hays said that the recession has made times tough for graduates, but advised targeting certain sectors

“Recent graduates should consider focusing their efforts on areas that are showing resilience, such as bridge or highway maintenance engineers, which is faring better because of the public sector investment,” said Hays Civil & Structural director Greg Lettington.

“They may also be advised to consider upskilling into areas where investment is being maintained and new legislation is being introduced, such as carbon management.”

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  • I'd also recommend to graduates that they use whatever informal networks they may have, so that if, for instance, your neighbour works in the industry, have a chat and see what comes of it. Most jobs are never actually advertised, and most graduate positions can be filled without lengthy recruitment processes.

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