What are candidates really looking for? Milkround revealed all at this year’s graduate Insight Breakfast

On the morning of 20th June we held our annual Insight Breakfast, presenting our findings from the latest student and graduate Candidate Compass report. We had a full room full of conscientious employers waiting to find out what students have to say about their career confidence this year.

This year we surveyed over 5,700 students and graduates, asking them about their opinions of the so-called “graduate skills gap”, salary expectations and application processes. There was a strong emphasis around gender disparities and mental health, topics both highly relevant in current news. We offered recommendations along the way which are also cited in the downloadable version found here.

We were privileged to be joined by Barbara Dischinger from WISE, who also spoke at the breakfast. WISE enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in STEM. Barbara focused her talk on Women in STEM and the gaps that persist.

Here is a snippet of what students and graduates had to say on some key issues:

Career confidence:
41% of females believe a lack of confidence holds them back
25% of males say the same

24% of respondents claim flexible working hours would increase their productivity

34% of respondents say their personal values impact their career choices

Mental health:
17% of our respondents cite their mental health as a personal barrier

49% of females would be interested in career in technology
73% of males would pursue this route

You can find more information in this year’s report. Download your copy here.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to us in more detail, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Number: 0333 0145 111
Email: sales@milkround.com

Our best yet: Careers Adviser Conference 2018

On the 24th and 25th May, Milkround School Leavers hosted our annual Careers Adviser Conference, in partnership with Central Careers Hub, at our offices in Southwark. The conference provides a platform in which authorities and employers can educate school leaver influencers on the alternatives to university and other opportunities available to students, and how best to offer support and career guidance.

Over 200 careers advisers attended the event, hearing from an array of speakers about the current state of the apprenticeship market. On both mornings Rumneet Johal, Marketing Executive at Milkround, presented findings from Milkround’s School Leaver Candidate Compass report, explaining how school leavers currently feel about their career confidence and offering recommendations to careers advisers on how best they can tackle these challenges head on.

Across each day we heard from three leading employers and education providers who offered insight into their apprenticeship and school leaver programmes. These included IBM, ICAEW and Laing O’Rourke. A strong focus of the conversation was around the application processes, sparking many questions from the audience. Furthermore, we brought apprentices up to the stage from each of these companies to talk in a separate Q&A panel to discuss their own personal experiences and sharing what encouraged them to decide to go down that career path.

Careers advisers were delighted to hear from Lord Storey CBE, on the first afternoon, who gave an excellent talk on the importance of careers guidance and education. On day two, the event concluded with a presentation from David Andrews, leading careers and education consultant, who highlighted a key overview of the careers landscape.

Other speakers we heard from included Jan Ellis, Chief Executive of the Career Development Institute who spoke about the state of careers. Andy Norman, a Research Analyst from the Centre for Progressive Policy also gave an insightful presentation on why the lack of information undermines the UK skills system.

Feedback from the careers advisers has been extremely popular with Jacqueline Otite, Careers Adviser thanking Milkround for the event; “Great work from Milkround at the careers conference last week. Thank you for your knowledge, hospitality and organising such a valuable event”. As well as hearing from inspirational speakers, careers advisers also had plenty of opportunities to network with the employers and enquire further into their school leaver programmes.

If you’re keen to hear more about Milkround School Leavers and how we can support with your school leaver recruitment, or how you can get involved with our future events, please get in touch:

E: schoolleavers@milkround.com

T: 0333 0145 111

Milkround’s annual Careers Adviser Conference

On the 25th and 26th May, Milkround School Leavers hosted their annual Careers Adviser Conference in partnership with Central Careers Hub and TfL.

Over 200 careers advisers attended at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden learning about policies in education, changes in the curriculum, and apprenticeship opportunities for students. Each day began with an insight into EY and their school leaver programmes, followed by Steve Stewart from Careers England who spoke about the current state of play for careers advisers. Tim Miller from CCH and Martin McCourt from Your Life wrapped up the morning session by addressing exam changes and the future of work.

The afternoon’s highlights included two employer panels focussing on the apprenticeship levy and careers in accountancy. Careers advisers had the opportunity to pose questions to some of the UK’s leading school leaver employers, including IBM, Grant Thornton, ACCA, Laing O’Rourke, ICAEW and EY. On Thursday, careers advisers also had the chance to hear from Catherine Sezen from the Association of Colleges and Andrew McGettigan, author of ‘The Great University Gamble’, on the Friday. Both days concluded with TfL welcoming their own apprentices to the stage for a very insightful Q&A session.

One careers adviser  said the conference was “very informative and invaluable for keeping up with the latest employer careers opportunities, so that we can be in the best position for working with young people.”

For more information on how we can support you in reaching school leaver influencers or on how to get involved with Milkround’s events get in touch:

E: schoolleavers@milkround.com

T: 0333 0145 111

After School Options Fair – September 2017

Are you recruiting apprentices?

Our After School Options Fair is an opportunity for employers, like yourself, to meet the UK’s top youth talent. In March we had over 7,000 students in attendance, so this event will be great opportunity to expand your talent pool!

The event will be held on the 29th September 2017 at The Emirates Stadium in North London.

All employers exhibiting will receive an A5 advert in our brochure, which will be distributed to all 6,000 students, teachers & careers advisers attending and EVERY school and college in the UK! The deadline for artwork is 15th August 2017.

This year we will also be offering exhibitors the opportunity to host a seminar on a topic of their choice!

Details of the event

Date: 29th September, 2017

Time: 10:00am to 2:30pm

Venue: Emirates Stadium, North London

Check out our video of a previous event below:

How to get involved:

If you are interested in exhibiting or partnering with us, please contact Charlie Howell at charlie.howell@milkround.com or 0333 0145 111

For any other queries please get in touch with the team:
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Help our candidates shape their careers

We recently conducted a survey with over 5,000 students and graduates, to gain some insight into their feelings about the current job market, future career prospects and expectations of prospective employers.

From our research we found that 70% of candidates thought reneging on job offers was acceptable! We are keen to find out your opinions on this, and more. Support our candidates with their career development, by completing our anonymous survey here.

As a ‘thank you’, you will be entered in to our prize draw to win a £100 John Lewis voucher!

Amazon Leadership and Operations Insight Day

On Friday 28th April, Amazon partnered up with Milkround to host an Insight Day into their graduate schemes, with a focus on careers in operations.

Over 75 of Milkround’s top candidates were in attendance for this exclusive event, held at the Amazon offices in Holborn. The afternoon started with an introduction into operations from Area Managers David Locke and Federica Basile, followed by an interactive ‘Leadership Principle Game’ aimed to develop students’ understanding of Amazon’s core values.

Students then delved into the importance of soft skills in the workplace, with a workshop hosted by Benedicta Banga from GradStrategy, and the event was concluded with an insightful Q&A session with Amazon’s senior operations team.

The Insight Day was a fantastic opportunity for students to learn more about a career within operations from the experts, find out more about the company culture and gain insight into the daily tasks, training and support.

One student stated “I am really grateful for this opportunity, given Amazon’s role as an innovative and dynamic firm, and it’s rather rare to have opportunities like this appear. Looking forward to more in the future!”

For more information on Milkround, and how we can help to connect businesses with top talent, click here.

E: info@milkround.com

T: 0333 0145 111

Society Awards 2017

This month Milkround launched their Society Awards!

We want to offer students the opportunity to showcase their hard work and commitment, whilst helping them prepare for life after university and show how they can use their involvement in a society as leverage in the world of work.

With this year’s awards students will have the opportunity to nominate either themselves or their society for either ‘Individual to Have Made the Biggest Contribution to a Society’ or ‘Outstanding Contribution to a Society’ award.

As an employer we are offering you the chance to get involved in this fantastic event!

Why get involved? 

  • Networking opportunities with top students who have a strong extra-curricular background
  • The chance to drive job applications and have your name advertised to 300,000 current students
  • Exposure across the youth recruitment market
  • Increase brand exposure on our social media channels, award pages and email communications across both Milkround and our partners websites

How can you get involved? 

  • Sponsor the event
  • Join our judging panel
  • Join our Q&A panel
  • Hold a workshop
  • Branding across all student communications

If you would like to get involved with Milkround’s Society Awards, please call 0333 0145 111 or email sales@milkround.com to speak to a member of our team.


Milkround’s CV Lottery!

Have you heard about our CV lottery?

Each month Milkround are offering candidates the opportunity to have their CV reviewed by an expert, to help increase their employability chances and secure their dream jobs! We will focus on a specific sector each month, and select 5 CV’s from those candidates who applied.

These CV’s will then be reviewed our CV expert, Andrew Fennell, and the five winners will be sent a job e-zine of suggested roles to apply for.

We are offering employers the opportunity to sponsor a different sector CV lottery each month. The benefits include:

  • Branding on all email communications
  • Share your CV advice with an article featured in an email sent to all candidates
  • Social media promotion
  • Branding featured on our advice hub 
  • Share your CV top tips for your sector on our advice site

If you are interested in sponsoring a CV lottery, or would like more information please call 0333 0145 111 or email sales@milkround.com to speak to a member of our team.


Milkround’s employability day with UpRising

On Tuesday 11th April 2017, Milkround partnered with UpRising to host an employability day at their headquarters in Southwark for 20 young ambitious jobseekers, looking for opportunities after graduation.

UpRising is a youth leadership development organisation, which aims to further open the career pathways for young people from underrepresented backgrounds. As part of their ‘Fastlaners’ two-week programme, Milkround spent a day with the candidates running activities which focused on the skills needed to succeed in an interview.

The day started with workshops on ‘How to create your elevator pitch’ and the best ways to present yourself in an interview, followed by an interactive activity on ‘The power of personal branding’.

The day rounded off with each of the candidates taking part in a competency-based mock interview, conducted by a member of the Milkround team. Each candidate was immersed into a formal interview setting and given the chance to practice answering those all-important, example-led interview questions, putting their morning’s exercises to the test.

Emma Henly, Fastlaners Project Manager at UpRising, said “Tuesday’s workshop at Milkround gave the candidates a real insight into a different set of skills they may not have had the chance to practice previously. Pitching yourself and communicating effectively in an interview environment is a difficult skill to learn and get right, so having the opportunity to practise with staff from Milkround was very beneficial to their employability. 

Days like these are so important for young people who are struggling to get their foot in the door at a company after graduation. Competition for graduate roles are fierce, so immersing graduates in an office environment and giving them the chance to practice different skill sets is so important in helping them secure their future career.

Francesca Parkinson, Head of Marketing at Milkround added, “At Milkround, we believe every single person should have the same opportunities in life, regardless of income, area or background. We work with young people from all over the UK to help them understand and reach their own potential to achieve the right career for them. Partnering with UpRising for their Fastlearners programmes has given us the opportunity to extend this reach, and help top graduates gain the skills and confidence they need to secure their first job after graduating.

For more information regarding UpRising and the work they do to support young people in the world of work, click here.

For more information on Milkround, and how we can help to connect businesses with top talent, click here.

E: info@milkround.com

T: 020 3003 4000

Freshen up your recruitment drive this April!

With Spring now officially in full swing, we thought it would be the perfect time for you to give your recruitment drive a spring clean!

With Milkround you can find some of the UK’s top graduates and school leavers to fill your positions.

This April we are offering one lucky winner the chance to win a delicious Easter hamper. All you need to do to be in with the chance of winning, is quote ‘Spring Clean’, when speaking to a member of our team.

*T&C’s: Minimum spend of £5,000 with Milkround. Not eligible for current proposals. Must book in April to be eligible for a prize. Winners will be picked by 1/5/17, and notified by email no later than 10 days after the competition closes. Competition ends midnight 30/4/17