Labour Market Insight, 27 May 2020

This week, instead of our usual podcast, we asked Jack Tame, Employer Account Manager at Henley Careers & Professional Development, to update us on his experience with recruitment at the moment.

This week I’m going to share how employers are gearing up for recruitment going into the new academic year. Here at Henley Careers, we work with a large number of employers to support their university recruitment plans, and a lot of this work is undertaken during the peak application season when students return for autumn term.

Many employers are looking at how they can best work with universities in order to reach out to students during term time. Whether this will be on-campus, virtually or a blend of the two is to be confirmed but what is certain that students’ exposure to employers will continue into the autumn, through fairs and employer events.

On the subject of recruitment, a number of employers are releasing their graduate and placement opportunities for 2021 already, asking students to register their interest in these roles ahead of them going live later in the year. This is great news for all students as it shows that a large number of employers are taking a “business as usual” approach to student recruitment and locking-in positions ahead of the busy autumn season. As and when they come available we’ll be communicating these with you via the usual channels, but do take the time to register your interest in these roles. If you do then you’ll get to hear first when they are open so you can get started with your application straight away. Some organisations close roles based on how many applications they’ve had rather than at a set date, and some close them early in the academic year, so you can easily miss them. And we all know applications take some work, so you won’t want to leave it to the last minute. Plus, it will show the company that you are interested, and that can never be a bad thing, can it?

Finally, we have noticed that where some organisations are having to re-assess their resourcing needs, others are looking at expanding and we are ready to service this need. In fact, we are currently in discussions with a large food manufacturer that is looking to grow their business due to increased revenue!

Jack Tame, Employer Account Manager, Henley Business School

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