New Grads

The Summer is the busiest time of year for graduates looking to enter the job market. To achieve your goals, you need to stand out from the crowd. Around 400,000 people graduate from UK universities every year. Most will take a well earned summer off to hit the beach and the festival. Then, in September, it’s time to start looking for a job. Actually, more than that. It’s time to start looking for a career. That’s a lot of people. If you’re...

In that funny in-between time after you’ve celebrated the end of exams, finished packing up your uni room and retreated to your parents’ kitchen table to plan your next move, there’s something reassuringly familiar about the big, well-known grad schemes. Whether it’s the Fast Stream, Teach First or a rotation programme around a top investment bank, grad schemes carry a faint whiff of the institution you’ve just left- with their promises that you’ll join as part of a cohort of...

Alex O’Brien is a Talent Manager and our resident early-stage startup specialist. In this interview, he explains why an understanding of series funding really matters when you're choosing the right career for you. Why did you want to talk about startup funding? Because it’s so important, and so poorly-understood. The stage of funding that a company is in tells you a huge amount about it- what it’s doing, its success to date, and what it would be like to work there. Recruiters...

As February draws to a close, lucky ski seasonnaires are probably the only group of people who are happy that winter’s having a final hurrah: what in London means grey sludge and packed tubes just makes the Alps more Alp-y, and means there’s lots of soft white snow to zoom round in. And the freezing weather delays a gloomy prospect: spring, slush and mud, and packed Ryanair flights back to the UK. At this time of the year, many people are...

Claudia graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Modern Languages this summer. We placed her into a Sales role at an e-commerce technology startup in September. We caught up with her a couple of months later to find out how to get a job in a startup straight after uni, and what working in one is really like. What were your career plans when you finished uni? I don’t think I had fixed plans, but I knew I wanted a new...

Summer- if you can call the funereal seventeen-degree drizzle that was July and August this year summer, that is- is well and truly over. But if you’re a recent university graduate wondering what to do now that festivals, holidays and barbecues have trickled to a stop, don’t despair- as the famous Keats poem says, autumn is the best season for graduates to get their first job! Here are five reasons why: 1. Companies are hiring now- but they won’t be for...

Venatrix Talent Manager Alex O'Brien's tips for making sure you're in charge of your future After end-of-exam celebrations and the glory of graduation, hunting for your first graduate job can be a profoundly sobering experience. We’ve all been there- scrolling through hundreds of adverts for candidates with at least two years’ experience (how exactly are you supposed to get the experience?!); waiting to hear back from businesses whose rejection policy is to ghost unsuccessful applicants and hope they get the message,...

Think about what really matters In the age of Google HQ, it feels almost compulsory for companies to have trendy offices in Shoreditch complete with ping pong tables and fully stocked beer fridges. Get excited about these things- a great company culture will make your working week fun and rewarding, as well as bringing plenty of free food and drinks your way- but remember they’re just perks, and don’t let them overshadow more important considerations. Make these questions the basis of...

The title of this article probably strikes the wrong chord; a job interview shouldn’t be thought of as an hour-long exercise in avoiding traps and trying not to mess up, but rather as a series of chances to stand out. Though, as promised, we’ll make suggestions about what not to say, success isn’t so much about not tripping up as it is about packaging- making it easy for someone who might have met fifteen candidates over the course of an...

Zineddine graduated from the University of Brighton with Geography degree. After his first year of full-time work, Venatrix placed him into a role as a market analyst in a Fintech SaaS company. We caught up with him to pick his brains about life after uni, working in sales, and the tech industry. What were your career plans when you finished uni? I really didn’t have a clue! I wanted to go travelling, so straight after I graduated, I went full-time at the...

The emblem of the Sales industry, for me, has always been David Brent, in the mournful third series of The Office. Sacked and in constant disgrace, Brent is now selling cleaning products out of the boot of his car. We see him, haggard and paunchy, eulogising a dish cloth to a bewildered-looking caretaker. “Because of the texture and quality of the shammy,” he exclaims, scrubbing at an invisible stain on a wall, “that’s coming off with tap water!”. The customer...