News articles tagged with 'job market'
The focus of the November 2012 TARGETjobs Breakfast News was on how useful a 2:1 degree classification really is when assessing graduates' suitability for a job.
Bryan Finn of Business Economics Ltd began by reviewing the current economic outlook and how this affects graduate recruitment, and went on to provide a summary of predictions for 2013.
Changing graduate recruitment algorithms?
Jane Clark, Barclays' Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Campus Recruitment, Europe and Asia, and Iain Heath, Head of Graduate Programmes at Centrica, talked about how AGR, which monitors its members' selection criteria, has noticed an upward trend with the degree class sought. They then went on to discuss whether the HEAR will provide employers with better data on graduate achievements.
The old markers are the best
Professor Adrian Furnham, writer, psychologist and consultant on organisational behaviour, gave his thoughts on how 'bright, resilient and conscientious' are the best predictors of educational attainment and how they also correlate with success at work.
'Dump the 2:1 and UCAS points'
Finally, Simon Howard, Chairman of Work Group PLC, gave his thoughts on the 2:1 as a predictor of success. His opinion was that it was 'about as valid as picking Derby winners with a pin'.
Download the November 2012 TARGETjobs Breakfast News presentation.
The partnership between Edge Hill University and Enterprise Rent-A-Car (ERAC) has developed over ten years and is grounded in the excellent relationships that exist between the employer and the institution's Careers Centre. Beginning with one-off visits by the employer to careers events, this has now progressed to the integration of ERAC into the curriculum across diverse academic disciplines including sport, geography and business.
More specifically, ERAC has helped the business department to redevelop some of its key modules, by working closely with the PDP team to highlight the importance to students of developing their employability skills from the first year onwards, and provide particular support to those taking sandwich placements. Geography students, meanwhile, benefit from an insight provided by ERAC into how assessment centres work.
The employer has also been a key collaborator with the Careers Centre in the design and development of the 20-credit ILM-endorsed Edge Hill Employability Programme, open to all students. In addition, ERAC delivers one of the workshops and assesses the students' final panel presentations, thus providing a hard-edged commercial context to this award.
More recently, Edge Hill University has developed employability workshops for recent graduates and ERAC has co-delivered these alongside careers staff in order to boost the employment chances of those entering the graduate job market.
Evidence of effectiveness and success
All involved in this partnership – Careers Centre staff, academic staff and the employer – feel that the positive impact can be seen in the number of students who benefit from the 'real-life' perspective provided by the employer and develop skills and commercial awareness as a result. Moreover, the employer has also acknowledged the impact of the collaboration on the long-term success of its graduate training programme, its internships and its overall company brand.
• Winner - AGCAS 2011 Award for Excellence: Employer Award for Careers Service Partnership
AGCAS Employer Award for Careers Service Partnership Sponsored by The University of Warwick
The Commission on the Future of Higher Education has been established to address the key challenges facing the higher education sector in England over the next 20 years. It is seeking evidence from key stakeholders in order to produce a policy framework that will safeguard and strengthen the position of HE institutions in the long term.
They have made a call for evidence aimed at HE managers, academics, organisations and individuals who wish to contribute their research, analysis and policy ideas to the commission and be part of the process to shape the future of higher education in England.
The commission is seeking evidence on seven questions relating to the future of HE. Members may be particularly interested in responding to question 5: What role should higher education play in providing skills for the job market? The deadline for submission of evidence is Friday 28 September 2012.
Members are invited to submit their responses direct (the Call for evidence document gives full details on how to do this) but to inform a response from AGCAS, please send your comments to Chris Jackson by Tuesday 25 September - or just copy her into your personal or institutional response.
Jenny Blakesley, AGCAS Vice President and Director of Careers at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), was recently a guest on Radio 4's You and Yours. The programme's discussion was based on the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics that suggest that increasing numbers of graduates are working in non-graduate roles, and addressed the issues around whether taking a degree is still the best passport to a successful career.
Recent graduates told of their personal experiences of looking for work in the current graduate labour market. Jenny took part in the programme's phone-in during which there was discussion of the case for going to university.
"Getting a university degree is not a passive process. There's a difference between acquisition of knowledge and learning to learn. What a university education teaches you is how to learn - and that makes you a flexible, desirable employee. Careers guidance and support has changed dramatically in the past ten years - there is more support than ever and more student uptake than ever - and students should make the most of the opportunities presented to them during their time at university."
The full programme, which was first broadcast on Tuesday 26 November, is available to download. (Jenny's contribution can be heard at approximately 7 minutes, 38 minutes and 48 minutes.)
Graduate recruitment market set to get more competitive
The Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) warns that the student recruitment market will only get more competitive as the pool of young people shrinks.
The warning came at the start of the AGR Student Recruitment Showcase, taking place today (25 January 2017) in London.
Speaking of the 10% drop in the number of 18 year olds in the UK in the next five years, AGR chief Stephen Isherwood said:
“Market changes are driving demand for higher skills. Yet there are fewer and fewer young people coming into the workforce due to low birth rates in the noughties."
“This is not just a reoccurring trend that we’ll see in 2017, the pool of young people will shrink considerably over the next five years. We are all going to have to adapt to a smaller talent population. Don’t expect to see the market get any less competitive for graduate, apprentice or intern hires."
“We operate in a complex market and to handle the changes we face, we must look to the data available to us to make our market operate more efficiently. Industry needs to be prepared for the demographic challenge and the inevitable skill shortages that it will bring.”
Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Intelligence at Prospects, reiterated the message and looked further to the future. During his presentation on the state of the graduate jobs market, he said:
“The recession started and birth rates soared, so in the 2030s the trend we’re seeing now, with the fall in the number of young entrants, will reverse. There will be significantly more 18 year olds than we have now, and that there has been for a generation.”
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Tue 25 Oct 2011
The aim of this workshop is to give an update of the Chinese job market, provide information about employers' recruitment strategies and offer practical information to help colleagues who work in career guidance and graduate service provision to Chinese students.
Includes a panel discussion for universities, colleges and private organisations who deliver training and professional development programmes in China, or who wish to enter this market.
This event will provide a forum for UK organisations to better understand the professional training and education opportunities in China.
This is not an AGCAS event.
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This IPPR briefing paper analyses the latest projections on the changing shape of the jobs market in the UK. It presents a more complex picture of the skills needs of the economy.
University Researchers and the Job Market is a practical career development resource for research staff. It is intended to offer support and encouragement to researchers who are considering their next career move, either inside or outside of academia.
Knowledge Workers and Knowledge Work
This report aims to give a more comprehensive portrait of work and the workforce in the knowledge economy. It is based on a survey that asked people what they actually do at work and how often they perform particular tasks. The results of the survey have been used to assess the level of 'cognitive complexity' or knowledge content of different jobs.
This guide gives a broad picture of the local employment landscape from a graduate's perspective. While it does not cover every possible opportunity in the area, it does focus on the advice of organisations such as Scottish Enterprise (Edinburgh and Lothian) and Edinburgh Brand and uses graduate destination information from HESA (Higher Education Statistical Agency) on some of the main local industry sectors that employ graduates.
This report analyses results of Cedefop's latest skill supply and demand forecasts up to 2020. The forecasts aim to provide evidence on future labour market developments to help to make informed decisions. They identify major economic and socio-demographic trends and examine their implications for labour market sectors, occupations and qualifications.
This paper examines the occupational mobility of employed and unemployed job seekers.
This report presents the results of The Future of Work study, which looks ahead to the labour market of 2030. It analyses stable trends that are already shaping the future of UK jobs and skills, and forecasts the most likely disruptions to those trends. It then plots four anticipated scenarios of what the UK's work landscape might look like in 2030 and, importantly, the skills that will be required under these conditions.
This report is the first of a set of biennial reports to be launched by the European Commission as part of the EU Skills Panorama. It focuses on changes in the demand for labour, including analyses of contractual arrangements, sector demand, occupation demand, growing occupations, difficult to fill vacancies (bottleneck occupations), skills requirements and the market shares of public employment services and temporary work agencies.
This resource explains how information literacy contributes to the employability of graduates. It looks at mapping information skills and competencies against what is expected of graduates entering the job market and, in the longer term, developing their careers.
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