New scheme launched by Northampton College to get jobs for graduates

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A new graduate recruitment scheme has been developed by Northampton College in partnership with Northamptonshire’s Job Centre Plus in response to the numbers of graduates across the county who are finding it increasing hard to secure jobs after their degrees.

The scheme, which began in September this year, aims to support recent graduates with their search for employment by helping them design their own individual sales campaign that is relevant to their target marketplace. Candidates on the course benefit from job searching techniques and tips, financial advice and workshops delivered by large, well-known local and national employers.

At the end of the course they also receive a Level 2 qualification in employability.

Kelly Williams, business recruitment executive at Northampton College said: “Job hunting can be extremely challenging and tough, especially in today’s market and we want to equip graduates with the skills to promote their attributes, uniqueness and abilities. Throughout the course we help candidates to understand their core strengths and how they can articulate these to employers. We also cover practical aspects such as CV writing, interview preparation and how to sell yourself on social media.”

Connor Fitzhenry studied media and communications at university and did a work placement within the Marketing team at Northampton College as part of the scheme.

He said: “I was surprised at how much the course helped me and I’ve made some good contacts and feel like I am getting closer to a job. Working with Northampton College’s marketing team has been a fantastic experience and I’ve learnt a lot about my future career and gained many different skills from industry professionals. When applying for jobs in marketing I now feel I can now draw upon my experience.”

Caitlin Warburton studied Early Childhood Studies at university, she said: “The course has made me feel a lot more confident in myself and what I’m capable of and I learnt something new every day. The teaching placement was particularly helpful in putting what I had learnt into practice and I got an insight into what it is like to be a teacher; it also opened my eyes to the possibilities of other roles.

“I’d definitely recommend the course, it’s a great thing to do and you can use it as time to personally and professionally develop yourself and become re-familiar with cover letter writing and CV tailoring. The best thing about it is that it is free and you get another qualification out of it.”

Jonathan Wyatt studied mathematics and graduated with a 1st class honours degree from university. Through the scheme, Jonathan was able to carry out work experience within the finance department at Northampton College.

He said: “I understand more about my strengths and feel a lot more prepared for interviews and other assessments now. I was actually able to use the knowledge and skills I developed through my work placement in a recent interview which landed me with a job offer in a graduate finance role in London.”

The feedback from businesses taking part in the scheme has been extremely positive with many commenting on the fresh ideas and excellent motivation students have delivered during their work experience placements.

Eight graduates completed the scheme and seven are now in full or part-time employment, the remaining graduate has recently had interviews for graduate schemes and is waiting to hear back from the businesses.

The next scheme starts on Wednesday, January 21 and further details can be gained by calling Kelly Williams on 01604 734323 or emailing Kelly.williams@northamptoncollege.ac.uk