Are you fresh out of university and still fuzzy on your future calling? Don’t worry - your pain is shared by millions of graduates in the same shoes. Stepping out into the professional world after studying can be daunting, especially when you’re faced with so many choices. But we’ve lightened the load with this quick list of some of the best jobs for graduates, to give you a head start on making your first career move.
Jobs with bright futures
Investment in cyber security is set to soar from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020. With the rise of cyber-attacks, the introduction of new government regulations that require companies to have a Chief Information Security Officer, your chances of a) scoring a job and b) having a clear career ladder within IT security are strong.
With Brexit coming into effect, accountants will be needed to advise companies of the financial implications of exiting the EU. A study by the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) showed that almost half of MPs believe Brexit will have a positive impact on the profession.
Jobs with balance
Digitization is a top priority for companies and they’re desperate for the talent to help them do it well. On top of this, data analytics was rated in the top twenty best jobs for work life balance, according to Glassdoor. So, not only can you look forward to a long career, you can look forward to one with balance too.
According to the same survey, web development scored the highest in work life balance satisfaction. And it’s easy to see why. Being a web developer means creativity, freedom and good financial rewards. Plus, it’s also more flexible than a lot of jobs - with many developers able to work from home.
Jobs with the best financial rewards
High Fliers recently released their Graduate Market Report, which revealed that the highest paid starting salaries were found in investment banking, law firms, and the oil and energy industries. So if you’re chasing paper to pay off some of that dreaded student debt, this is where you should start. But a warning, prepare for longer working hours than most.
Investment banking is a financially rewarding, exciting and challenging career. You’ll experience long hours, be expected to travel far at a moment’s notice and work in a highly competitive - and demanding - environment. But with a starting salary average of around £48,000, you’re certainly paid for your efforts.
Like investment bankers, commercial lawyers are seriously rewarded for their long hours - especially at prestigious Magic Circle firms that offer starting salaries of around £40,000. Law is a high pressure, fast-paced and demanding career. If you’re looking for work-life balance, steer clear. But if you thrive on that kind of thing and want stability, this could be your calling.
Jobs that have all of the above
So we might be biased, but it’s true! Recruitment consultancy is the career that has it all, from rapid career progression, to high earning potentials, to working in the ever-evolving tech market. Plus, at La Fosse Associates, you'll get stuck in from day 1.
A bright future? Absolutely. Recruitment is a growing sector, that shows no signs of slowing down.
Work life balance? We focus on our culture of care. We encourage our consultants to be the best they can be - but not at the expense of their life balance.
Rewards? At La Fosse, we pride ourselves on doing things differently. And that includes the way we reward our consultants. Not only do our consultants get paid a competitive salary, every single one of us has shares in the business.
If you’re looking for a role in a growing industry, that offers work-life balance and more rewards than most, consider joining us at La Fosse Associates. Check out our graduate jobs page, or for more information about our positions, contact Karina Oluwo at Karina.Oluwo@lafosse.com // 020 7932 2083.
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