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Is recruitment a good career choice for graduates?

Transferring from the structure and security of university to the realities of the working world can be overwhelming, and it’s natural to be unsure of your next move. However, if you’re seeking an environment where you can build valuable business skills and secure a progression filled future to boot, the recruitment industry could be for you.

Build your base skills

In many ways a career in recruitment is a crash course in building highly desirable business skills. Sales, negotiation, marketing, communication, relationship building and time management are all essential in the recruitment world, and simultaneously, are the foundations of success in almost every workplace. So, even if you’re not totally sure where you’ll end up in the future, the recruitment industry can shape your primary abilities during your career’s most formative years.

Master your emotional intelligence

During your recruitment career you will interact with people from a broad range of countries, backgrounds, cultures and experiences. These conversations are integral to the development of your emotional intelligence, helping you to become more adaptable and perceptive of people’s thoughts, feelings, and needs. Rarely do graduate opportunities centre on communication to this degree, so if you want to learn how to form stronger relationships both in the workplace and the wider world, consider a career in recruitment.

Captain your own ship

Being subjected to micromanagement and ‘hand holding’ can be incredibly frustrating, especially for those with aspirations of one day being their own boss. As a recruitment consultant, you are given the freedom to maintain client and candidate relationships and win new business almost straight away. Having the confidence to work under your own steam not only looks great on your CV, but also puts you in line for faster career progression and is a great taster of what it takes to run a business.