Society Awards 2018

The Milkround team are very excited to announce 2018’s Society Awards will take place on 27th June this year!

Milkround’s Society Awards are a chance for us to recognise and celebrate some truly impressive university societies, and the individuals within those societies.

Those students who take the time to dedicate themselves to a university society alongside their studies are constantly refining their soft skills. Roles within societies such as president or treasurer require students to organise a team and be financially literate, which are valuable transferable skills they can bring into the workplace.

Not only are the Society Awards the perfect way to recognise those stand-out students, they also help connect students with leading employers by giving them the opportunity to network and hear insider knowledge on the graduate roles available.

The opportunity – for students

An individual from a society, or a society as a whole, can nominate themselves for an award via the Milkround website. We pick out the finalists from these applications, and invite them along to Milkround’s HQ for the big event!

On the day, students are asked to present the successes, importance and future aims of their society, or of their individual contribution to a society. Finally, they’ll talk the judges through what they would do with the £1,000 cash prize if they were to be crowned the winner.

The opportunity – for employers

Our sponsorship package includes:

  • The chance to network with over 20 top students from a range of universities and societies
  • Act as a judge on the day, with final say on the Committee’s Outstanding Contribution to a Society and the Individual to have made the Biggest Contribution to a Society awards
  • Deliver a workshop to the students – offering insight into your brand and graduate opportunities, engaging students in skills-based tasks – the workshop can be whatever you want it to be!
  • Your branding across all student communications promoting the Society Awards

Take a look at last year’s winners

To be a sponsor and judge of our Society Awards in June, give us a call on 0333 0145 111, or contact your Account Manager directly.

PwC lead Tech She Can charter

PwC is one of nineteen organisations to pledge their dedication to tackling the issue of gender diversity in the tech industry, by signing the Tech She Can charter. Currently, a mere 15% of those working in science, technology, engineering and maths roles in the UK are female.

This follows PwC research undertaken last year and the government’s commitment to signing the Tech Talent Charter to boost gender diversity in technology-based roles.

Aims of the charter

Companies who have signed the charter have pledged to work with 9,000 UK schools to inspire, encourage and educate young women about opportunities in the technology sector. As part of the campaign, social mobility and access issues will also be tackled in a bid to make a career in technology feasible yo all young women. An emphasis will be placed on strong female role models already in the technology industry, something which Sheridan Ash, Women in Tech leader at PwC and founder of the Tech She Can charter, understands as key.

‘By working together we can reach more females at an earlier stage of their lives. We need to work harder to raise awareness about the exciting range of technology roles out there, in a sector that has the power to change the world.

‘Promoting visible and relatable role models is a huge part of this, as it’s hard for girls to aspire to be something they can’t see. There are many brilliant women working in technology roles right across the UK, from creatives and designers, to coders and data scientists. Technology is open to all and we need to get that message across.’

Before the launch of the Tech She Can charter, PwC surveyed 2,176 students back in 2017. And the findings served to shine an discomforting spotlight on the multiple facets that that constitute the gender gap.

Some of PwC’s key findings:

  • 27% of female respondents say they would consider a career in tech; compared to 62% of males
  • Only 16% of females say they’ve had a career in technology suggested to them
  • 78% of respondents can’t name a famous female working in technology
  • Only 3% of females say a career in technology is their first choice
  • Only 5% of leadership positions in the tech industry are held by women

The gender disparity in tech starts at school

Many of the findings point to a key opportunity to communicate with young women about technology careers while they are still in school, even before they’ve chosen the subjects they will study. Generally, it appears that more males study STEM subjects both at school and university, putting them in good stead to make a career out of these industries.

However, many young women want their future careers to be creative, innovative and want the chance to make real difference through their work. All of these can be found through a career in technology – however, somewhere this message is getting lost – leaving girls “with little understanding of what working in technology involves”.

By aiming to engage with young women from a younger age, the Tech She Can charter is a promising starting point by which real action can be determined and carried out. The significance of collaboration across organisations is equally a testament to how change can only come about by working together.

To find out more, download PwC’s complete report.

Companies chartering Tech She Can alongside PwC

British Science Association, Business 3.0, Digital Jam, everywoman, FDisruptors, Girlguiding, InnovateHer, JP Morgan, Modern Muse,, NatWest Markets, Sophos, Smoothwall, TechGirls, Tech Talent Charter, Tesco, T Systems, and Zoopla Property Group.

*All figures from PwC’s ‘Women in Tech: Time to close the gender gap’ research report.


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Careers Adviser Conference 2018

On the 24th and 25th May 2018, Milkround will be hosting our next annual Careers Adviser Conference, in partnership with Central Careers Hub.

Last year, over 200 career development professionals were in attendance, eager to learn more about the range of offerings available to students after leaving school.

Career advisers are a key influencer who are able to speak to thousands of students every day about their future career choices


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One of 2017’s panel sessions.


When: 10am-4pm 24th & 25th May
Where: Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, SE1 0TA

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We’re OnRec’s Niche Job Board 2018

We’re thrilled to be the winner of the Niche Job Board Award 2018, by OnRec.

The annual OnRec Awards are always a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the successes of the industry as a whole – and this year, it was made all the more special for us when Milkround was announced!

The award is the result of the hard work of our team working collaboratively together to drive the best campaigns for our clients.

Here’s to a great year!


Milkround’s Ellie and Lizzy, alongside our sister brand Jobsite who also celebrated with an award.

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National Careers Week 2018

It’s National Careers and Apprenticeship Week 2018!

National Careers Week Launch

On the morning of Monday 5th March, the Milkround team sponsored and attended the House of Commons to talk about the importance of employer engagement.

It was a very insightful event, and we thoroughly enjoyed being part of such an inspiring campaign for National Careers Week, highlighting why it matters to empower and encourage students to make the right career choices for them.

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Two of our Milkround team, Rumneet and Georgie, alongside Mp for Enfield Southgate, Bambos Charalambous.


Find us in Monday’s i Paper

If you picked up a copy of the i Paper on Monday 5th March, you will have noticed the Apprenticeships supplement inside, as part of National Apprenticeship Week. Milkround support this campaign wholeheartedly, and two of our insight pieces feature in print and can also be found online:

Top tips: perfect your soft skills, and show them off

Theresa May encourages an open mind for alternatives to university

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We’re accepting guest posts on Milkround Recruiter blog

Milkround’s recruiter blog aims to be a hub of advice, news and insights into the school leaver, student and graduate markets.

This insight can be deepened by multiple voices joining in – maybe you’re a HR Manager with tips on how to retain graduate employees? An in-house recruiter who could offer insight into preparing a candidate for their very first interview? Or perhaps you’d like to offer your own spin on what developments you think we’ll be seeing this year in the recruitment sphere? Or your company has just unveiled a new graduate offering you want to shout about?

In the past, Milkround have considered salary expectations amongst male and female graduates, social mobility factors in the school leaver market, how to engage with students in meaningful ways, as well as news surrounding innovative steps being taken to recruit graduates, such as businesses partnering with universities to provide scholarships.

If you’re interested in offering your insight, recommendations or musings, we’d love to hear from you. Just email with a blog suggestion and we’ll get back to you.

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ScottishPower offers scholarships for Masters students

Applications open today for the seventh year of ScottishPower’s Masters Scholarships, offered across several energy-related disciplines.

Sixteen scholars will be provided with full course fee funding, plus a monthly living cost payment of £1,200. ScottishPower also aims to provide a company member to successful scholars, alongside assistance with establishing any industry-related projects within a student’s academic study.

For the first time, ScottishPower also plans to work with successful scholars to support them into the workplace following their studies.

The scholarships are available across areas of knowledge including electrical/mechanical engineering, renewable energy, environmental sciences, computer science, cybersecurity and big data analytics.

Where will the scholarships be offered?

The scholarships will be offered to the relevant Masters degrees at the following universities:

  • Imperial College of London
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Cambridge

Hamish Watson, HR Director at ScottishPower highlights the importance of investing in the future workforce: “There is no doubt that the future of the energy industry lies in the hands of our bright young people and ScottishPower is committed to supporting the advancement of their education. We’re delighted to be offering these scholarships opportunities this year; it presents a huge opportunity for graduates to develop their skills and knowledge, and to demonstrate how they can contribute to our future.”

Find out more

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One in five millennials won’t work for a company with a formal dress code

18% of millennials wouldn’t work for an organisation with a formal dress code policy, according to a study of 2,000 UK adults by Style Compare. The survey also revealed that 18-24 year olds are the most likely to be subject to the strictest office dress codes.

Dress codes differ depending on sector, with some enforcing more traditional dress codes than others.

  • 32% of people who work in call centres have considered quitting because of their employer’s rules on clothing, the highest of any job type in the study.
  • The science and pharmaceuticals sector is at risk of losing talent due to dress codes too. 31% of workers in that sector say they’ve considered quitting their job because of them. The figure is 29% among I.T workers.
  • People working in the media and online sector are equally unhappy at being told what to wear, but are less likely to quit their job over it.
  • 27% working in that sector said they’d be happier if their employer just relaxed their dress code.
  • The insurance sector is the strictest when it comes to employee dress, with 28% of workers subject to the strictest type of dress code.
  • Publishing and journalism has the most relaxed approach, with 67% of workers saying they can wear what they like.

What do millennials wear to work?

Dress code type Description Millennials (18-34)
Business Very strict – suits and ties for men, ‘smart business wear for women’ 10.17%
Relaxed business Quite strict – ties optional for men, but exposed shoulders or open-toe shoes not permitted for women 29.69%
Smart casual Moderately strict – smart denim permitted, exposed shoulders not encouraged 20.78%
Casual Relaxed – no trainers or ripped denim 15.91%
No dress code Very relaxed – wear what you like 14.72%
Undefined No guidance given 8.74%


Professor Sir Cary Cooper, CBE, an occupational health expert, thinks dress codes have little benefit overall.

“There’s very little evidence that these policies have any benefit on well-being, productivity or how an organisation is perceived from the outside.

“These policies have the capacity to discriminate against almost everyone. They cause stress, discomfort and  – as the research suggests – they have the potential to put talented people off from working for an organisation. These downsides come at negligible benefit to the employer.”

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The school leaver and graduate markets in 2018

The Institute of Student Employers (formally the Association of Graduate Recruiters) have unveiled their latest findings into the current state of the school leaver, student and graduate market at their annual Graduate Recruitment Showcase.

Key findings from their latest 2017 report show that despite overwhelming concerns over Brexit last year, investment into the market continues, with a predicted 11% increase in graduate vacancies in 2018, and a 32% increase in apprenticeship offerings.

Key findings:

  • There is expected to be an 11% increase in graduate vacancies in 2018
  • Apprenticeship vacancies are expected to increase by 32% in 2018
  • 65% of ISE employers hired apprentices in 2017
  • 75 applications per vacancy for graduate roles on average
  • 29 applications per vacancy for apprenticeships on average
  • 32% of employers failed to fill all of their vacancies last year
  • 15% of offers made to graduates are either declined or reneged
  • Time to hire has decreased, thanks to utilising technology within the recruitment process
  • Over 50% of employers use video interviewing as part of the selection process
  • Employers perceive graduates as lacking in both the self-awareness and managing up

Expected challenges in 2018

  • Improving diversity is the top challenge for employers in the upcoming year
  • This is followed by budget constraints and managing candidate experience/expectations


For more information, see the ISE blog.

If you missed us at the ISE’s Student Recruitment Showcase this week, don’t worry! Feel free to get in touch at to find out more about our own research into the school leaver and graduate markets. Or, call our sales team directly: 020 3003 4000 

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Happy New Year: Our January job surge

The first working Monday of the year – or, “Massive Monday”, marks a record number of jobseekers applying for roles, according to Recruitment Grapevine.

It seems after a Christmas filled with eating, drinking and merriment, applicants are ready to kickstart the new year by considering their career options – school leavers, students and graduates included.

Many student Christmas’s are filled with revision and essay writing, but with submission dates passing, their focus turns to their future job opportunities. Those students looking at graduate schemes in particular are increasingly aware of upcoming deadlines across many industries.

Far from being simply a “Massive Monday”, January is a Massive Month for Milkround, as we see 52% more visits to our site than any other month and over 94% more candidate applications than any other month.


Make sure your roles are seen by the most eager students and graduates – contact us on 020 3003 4000, or email