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Wednesday 30th May 2018
Graduation season is on it's way where students from universities all over the country will be heading out into the working world.

The graduate job market is extremely competitive, with on average 40 applicants for every vacancy. These days grads are needing to take extra measures to ensure they stand out above other candidates. In this blog we've put together some top tips that graduates take on board which can give them a competitive edge when it comes to their applications.

In an article by The Guardian it was stated that according to Linkedin’s analysis of the 25 most in demand skills from companies, almost every skill involved either digital technologies, I.T or programming.

If tech skills are already in your key area why not up-skill and learn more? Cross training into a new programming language is becoming increasingly desirable to employers in the technology sector along with Software Developers who also have experience in Software Testing and vice versa. The market is extremely competitive so it’s important to set yourself apart from the competition.

As well as learning a programming language, why not drop a foreign language in there to for good measure?

Those graduates who are able to hold a conversation in another language are and will continue to be extremely desirable to potential employers. Especially in the UK where almost a quarter of adults can’t speak another language. Having another language under your belt is a great way to attract welcome attention from recruiters.

In the UK more than a quarter of jobs require a degree, making it increasingly difficult for a non-graduate to secure a role. Graduates also have the opportunity to earn more money than those that don’t. So whilst getting a degree isn’t the most important thing in the world, depending on your chosen career you may need to think about taking one on, if that is what the role requires.

By researching your role of choice you will become more aware of certain certifications employers are highlighting in the job specification that they would like to see. For example: if you’re looking to develop your career in Software Testing you’re potential employer advertising for the Testing role may prefer to see candidates with specific Testing certifications such as ISEB / ISTQB. Just like if you were interested in a teaching position you would be expected to have a PGCE certificate. If specific certifications keep propping up it may be worthwhile to look into obtaining one, if it’s going to set you apart from other candidates when getting your dream role.

Great, so you have a degree from one of the best universities in the country? So do thousands of other applicants. Experience in your chosen field could be the deciding factor between you and another candidate.

90% of employer’s state work experience as a crucial element for new hires to have. More and more internships are being offered from companies, however a lot of these are unpaid making it an unrealistic option for a lot of candidates who are supporting themselves.

However that being said voluntary work is also something desired by employers and is often easier to fit around work schedules, so it would be very much worthwhile to get involved in something like that to differentiate yourself in the market.


Even if you get another job to pay the bills whilst you look for your dream job. Keep your mind active, keep up to date with what is going on in your chosen industry and try to carry on learning new things so that when it comes to interview your still fresh with new knowledge and ideas.

Maybe there is a club you can join devoted to something surrounding your chosen career path. Not only will that keep your mind active and fresh it will also look great on your cv and to employers when you’re on your job search.

Here at Amsource we are currently recruiting for graduates to join our team! Find out more by clicking here.

To browse our current roles across Software Development click here.
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