Social Media in the Graduate Space: our last Insight Breakfast

On Monday, 15th January 2016, we held our latest Insight Breakfast with employer brand and marketing agency ThirtyThree.

Around 60 employers from a range of companies including Crowe Clark Whitehill, Baxterstorey, FDM, Sky and Siemens attended the mornings session to gain a better understanding of how graduates use and engage with social media.

Phillip Lane from ThirtyThree presented the research (as seen in the picture above), which was conducted with Milkround at the end of last year. We surveyed 750 graduates to see how they engage with different types of content on social media, to help recruiters understand the best way to interact with this audience.

Following this, video specialists Unruly hosted a session on how millennials use video, and tips on making viral video content.

For more information about our Insight Breakfasts, or if you would like to discuss running one with us, get in touch:


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Social Media in the Graduate Space: a Breakfast Insight

Have you ever wondered over the best ways to approach students and graduates via social media? Want to know the platforms that are most popular with this demographic, and the sort of content they engage with?

Milkround and ThirtyThree have conducted a piece of research with over 750 students about their social media usage and the best ways to communicate with this market.

Join us on the 15th February 2016 at our HQ in London Bridge from 9.00am to hear the results. We will also be having a member of the Unruly team join us to talk about the best ways of engaging with your audience using videos.


  • When?
    • 15th February 2016
  • Where?
    • The News Building, 1 London Bridge Street, London
  • What time?
    • 9.00am – 12.00 midday

Please RSVP to confirm your place at the event by 27th January 2016.

To RSVP, email Elizabeth Hunt:

From Degrees to Careers- where do graduates work?


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Today, we revealed the results of our latest research piece partnered with Ri5 an Insight Breakfast. We offered employers, agencies and universities an insight into candidate expectations when setting out on their subject-related career dreams, to the harsh reality of what it takes to succeed ‘From Degree to Career’.

The survey asked 2,500 of our graduates who left university in 2014 or 2015 for their career paths when they graduated from university together with the internship opportunities that were available to them and the skills students are (or are not) gaining at university.

With just 11 per cent of those who completed an internship in law being offered a returning role in the business, it’s clear that with such stiff competition for graduate positions, alternate sectors must remain a realistic solution to entering full-time employment upon graduation.

In contrast, 61 per cent of savvy Engineering students who completed an internship (52 per cent) did so in an alternative industry to their chosen course subject – keeping their options open.

The report also looked at the number of graduates who were turning down job offers, and the reasons why. Out of all the respondents, 28 per cent were offered more than one job and had to decline some offers. Nearly 10 per cent of these had turned down four or more opportunities. Most claimed that it wasn’t the right role for them, but a lot of respondents commented that the location of the role played a part in their decision.

Two in five students (42 per cent) have revealed that upon graduating from university, they choose their careers for money.

With 8 per cent of the UK’s reluctant graduates opting for roles in Retail, Buying & Merchandising, and 6 per cent securing a role in Sales over their desired career paths, perhaps the opportunities for commission is too tough to resist.

Francesca Hall, Senior Marketing Manager at Milkround comments: “With a rising trend of candidates seemingly holding all the cards when it comes to selecting a career; 42 per cent of our audience having turned down at least one graduate job offer, the pressure is on for employers to ensure their offering is competitive.

 “19 per cent of candidates have even declined up to three, four or even five graduate job offers before making their final selection. Employers must be sure to keep their future talent engaged, or be at risk of losing them to a proactive competitor.”

 The full Degrees to Careers report is published and hosted exclusively here.


The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2015 – 2016

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Today, we have unveiled The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers for 2015-2016, which includes details of the most prestigious and sought-after employers for graduates, based on the results of interviews with graduates themselves.

The list is produced annually by High Fliers Research with the rankings based on interviews with 18,412 new graduates who left university this summer, who were asked ‘Which employer do you think offers the best opportunities for graduates’.

Featured in our Graduate Career supplement published in The Times today, the edition also provides a practical guide to today’s graduate job market, as well as showcasing the country’s leading graduate employers – from Google and the NHS, to the BBC, PwC and BP.

The latest rankings will also be hosted on Milkround from today, with filtering options plus links to employer profiles for more information about their latest graduate jobs.

To take a look at the full 100, visit the Milkround website or view the online version here.

Milkround School Leavers Breakfast Briefing

A huge thank you to all of our clients, agencies, teachers and careers advisers who came a long to our offices this morning to find out about the latest information from our School Leavers Career Confidence Survey.

The second Milkround School Leaver Career Confidence Survey 2015 explores and measures the confidence current School Leavers have of their job prospects taking an alternate route to the traditional university degree. The aim was to identify the industries and career options students are considering and if they felt school or college has prepared them for entering the world of work.

Key stats from Milkround’s 2015 School Leavers Career Confidence Report:

  • 54% of school leavers say that their biggest concern for the future of their career is grade expectations.
  • 40% of respondents said they were unsure of whether they could start a job tomorrow.
  • Current school leavers value experience, industry and salary the most when looking for roles – the size of the company and potential job title were least important.
  • 79% of respondents said that the future option they hear most about in school is university, not apprenticeships, traineeships, et cetera.
  • Apprenticeships have had a positive increase year on year, with 35% of respondents saying that it will be their next career step.
  • 66% of school leavers use career websites, proving that online jobs boards play a significant part in young people’s recruitment journey.

You can find the full report available to download here.

Here are some of the pictures from this morning…

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