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Candidate Sector Preferences

Talent Trends

The recent cold weather has sharply reminded us that winter has arrived and November is just around the corner, which means that it is time for this month’s Talent Trends! This time, we decided to investigate which sectors are the most popular amongst UK graduate job-seekers. Here are the results:


So what?

Being tech natives, it’s no surprise to see that millennials are most drawn to working in the ever-booming Tech sector. Predictably close behind are consumer-facing industries Entertainment and TV and Film.

What we can draw from this is the fact that recent graduates are most attracted to the sectors that they are most familiar with. They are far more likely to have heard of companies that are heavily marketing their product to them, e.g. Uber, Airbnb or ITV and therefore want to work for one of these companies. They are far less likely to have heard of advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi or consulting firm Bain & Company, for example, even though a lot of graduates end up working at these companies.

So, it’s clear that it’s not always the sectors that university leavers express the most interest in that they will end up landing a job in or are even best suited to.

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What’s got us talking this week?

🎧 Killing it – adventures in Start-ups and mental health | Radical Openness

Killing is a podcast which explores the ‘we’re killing it’ culture in the tech world which masks the complex reality of the workplace. In this episode, Aleks Krotoski talks to Tom Foster Carter who is the Co-Founder of Monzo. He discusses his company ethos which is based on openness and understanding.

📚 Why your typing means that you’re probably not up to the job | The Telegraph Article

As we are so reliant on technology in the workplace, it got us thinking – does your typing speed affect your productivity and should this be a factor to consider when employing a candidate? In this article, Alan Tovey suggests that “If you can’t bash out 50 words per minute at your keyboard, then there’s a good chance your manager thinks you’re failing at your job.” It is no wonder then, that a third of managers said they wouldn’t hire someone unable to touch type.

📚 Why happiness, not stress, is the key to success | Medium Article

“By rating jobs based on absolute income and lack of stress, we could be setting ourselves up for a disappointing career and the anxiety and depression that accompanies it.” Valerie Bisharat asks us what it means to be happy, and takes us through some steps to increase our happiness while also staying productive at work.


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