We’re a bit biased of course. We think all talented and smart students should get a job. Preferably with one of our clients.
But we’re not alone in that belief. Khalil Ayub, from our sister company Campus Futures (who look after the grad recruitment schemes for a few high profile companies including Virgin Media) put it rather succinctly:
‘A degree simply isn’t enough these days, we’re looking for things that make the candidate stand out’
And this doesn’t simply mean joining every society under the sun either. Spending a tenner joining the Custard Wrestling Soc or Hummus Society (both actually exist) is no longer a guarantee of fast track onto the Barclay’s graduate programme.
Campus Brand Ambassador (BA) programmes are becoming increasingly popular and competitive, and getting a role as a BA can really help your prospects.
At Campus Industries we’ve had several members of the Virgin Media BA programme go on to get a role on their graduate programme, in effect the BA scheme acts as a 12 month interview.
The BA schemes are often pretty hard to get on but even working in a bar helps you to stand out from those who couldn’t be bothered.