How to get ahead: Graduates finding work in London
For many graduates fresh out of university, London is a popular destination for securing that first job. As an experienced London recruitment agency, we know that moving to London can be quite a culture shock, so we’ve come up with a few tips to help you make the transition. We’ll also explain how recruitment agencies like us can match you with the perfect graduate job opportunity.
Choosing an area
London is well-known as one of the most expensive areas of the UK to live in, but it isn’t all million-pound mansions and penthouse suites. Before deciding on an area to live in, research average rent prices online to find out which ones suit your budget. If you’ve already secured a graduate job, then try to calculate how much money you can afford to spend on accommodation each month.
Generally, the closer to central London, the higher the rent prices. Flats and houses near to tube and train stations will also have higher prices than those that are a walking distance away from transport links. All of this should be considered when you settle on an area to live in.
You’ll need to decide whether you would prefer to live on your own or with others. Again, this may depend on how much you will be paid for your graduate job (if you don’t yet have a position, remember that jobs in admin and compliance industries will pay differently to marketing and PR jobs, for example).
If you decide to live with others, you have a few different options. You can move in with friends, find shared accommodation through an estate agent, or look online for a spare room in an existing flat or house-share. You should make sure that you will get on with the people you live with – as you’ll probably be spending a lot of your time outside of work with them!
Having fun and meeting people
London is a vibrant city with plenty going on at all times of day and night, so it’s never difficult to meet people and find something fun to do. Each borough and town within London offers its own range of bars and clubs, which are perfect for everything from a quiet after-work drink to a 6am rave.
And if you don’t like the idea of venturing out alone, speak to your colleagues when you find your job. The chances are they’ll be more than happy to show a graduate the best places to have a great night out!
Finding a graduate job in London
A lot of graduates use a recruitment agency to secure their first job in London. Many companies create roles specifically for new graduates, and agencies like Love Success can match candidates with the best jobs for their skill sets – in industries ranging from marketing and PR jobs to compliance jobs or PA recruitment and office support jobs.
At Love Success, we take the time to understand your requirements for a job and give you all the support we can to help you secure your graduate position. Our specialist recruiters have years of experience in matching candidates with their ideal roles, so come in and have chat with us today.
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