Nearly three-quarters of graduates willing to back out after accepting a job

Nearly three-quarters (70%) of graduates are willing to back out of a job offer they’ve accepted, with three out of 10 (30%) stating they’ve already done so, according to our latest research.  5,319 current university students and recent graduates were surveyed for our annual graduate report The Candidate Compass.

Reneging on job offers

Among those graduates that have reneged on a job offer, around six out of 10 (64%) claimed that they did this because they didn’t know how to decline. Around two out of 10 (22%) said they did this because they received a better offer elsewhere, while just 9% changed their mind.

Your reneging insurance…

Don’t worry, Milkround are already taking steps to reduce the risk and impact of candidate’s reneging job offers.

We ensure graduates are fully informed about the roles they are applying for, and that they apply for are the ones that best suit their skill set. We also provide best practice advice to employers; all to help reduce the impact of unfilled vacancies on the companies who partner with us.

However, we understand reneging is a concern for employers, and that it is part of the recruiting process. To help further, we are offering you some reneging insurance this September. Simply buy and advertise a role with a fully branded premium listing in September, and if your candidate reneges, we will give you a standard two week job listing to use in January for free.*

Register your interest in this offer using the form below and a member of the team will be in touch shortly.

*Not applicable to current proposals. Offer valid until 30th September 2017.

Millennials, mental health and company culture

95% of employers surveyed by Totaljobs consider a candidate’s cultural fit as important in the application process. The high figure is unsurprising, as like-mindedness and productivity often go hand-in-hand; something recognised by over half of employers. No matter how many benefits a role has, if a candidate is not a good cultural fit within the pre-existing team, it’s unlikely they will stay around in the long term.

It’s in the best interests of both employer and employee that there is a universally immersive and open company culture. Employees, particularly graduates, want to feel that they are contributing to a shared business goal and by feeling that they are an integral ‘fit’, friendships will most likely be formed. This sense of community is crucial both in terms of business and employee welfare.

While some graduates may not possess masses of work experience, recognising potential and how this can be realised and utilised within the pre-existing team is important when choosing a candidate.

Work Friendships

Friendships in the office are greatly beneficial, as long as they do not teeter over the line of focus into distraction. In fact, only 4% of employees think close relationships at work make them less productive. 39% feel more productive working alongside friends, and 60% look forward to going to work as a result of a close bond formed with like-minded people.

The business value of friendships is clearly recognised, as three-quarters of employers routinely organise social events, from seasonal parties, to drinks and meals out and company milestone celebrations.

Company culture and mental health

If a graduate, or any new starter, does not comfortably fit into your company culture, it may lead to workplace loneliness. Good&Co highlight research that reveals feeling excluded is more negative for personal wellbeing than bullying or harassment.

This loneliness may manifest itself in different ways: the outdated view that emotions should remain outside of the workplace can contribute to feelings of isolation. Not everyone is able to compartmentalise their work and home life – nor should they feel like they have to.

Mental health is a topic that is rightfully being discussed more in the context of a professional working environment – the story of a CEO responding to an employee taking a mental health day is hopefully a sign that this will become standard practice. Millennials have grown up being more aware of the importance of mental health and being open when it comes to discussing this. Employers need to continue to place equal value on mental welfare as they would do physical health.

The relationships within a team should be considered just as vital as a candidate’s skills and potential. After all, young people who do not feel welcomed as part of a supportive team are unlikely to reach their full potential and will be less likely to feel comfortable seeking advice or voicing concerns. A flourishing social environment is essential for a successful business.


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Milkround society awards: showcasing student success

On Wednesday 5th July, Milkround were proud to host our annual Society Awards.

The Society Awards are always a highly anticipated event, as it allows us the chance to engage with some truly inspirational young people from our candidate pool. This year, all our finalists went above and beyond for their society pitches.

Learning about what successful students are looking for when it comes to their first graduate jobs was really enlightening both for us at Milkround and for the employers that attended on the day. By going directly to our graduate audience, we can ensure we match top talent with rewarding and challenging roles.

We are grateful to the judges Adam Isle, Oli Jacob and Qayum Mannan, who joined us from AstraZeneca, IBM, and UpRising respectively. They offered great feedback to our candidates, as well as the encouragement to consider their own graduate job offerings.

Our finalists enjoyed a day of sharing their successes and developing their skills at our London office

After an initial application process that assessed why these candidates in particular deserve recognition for their contribution to a society, we invited the finalists to our London office.

Here, they spent the day getting to know each other through career-driven workshops provided by the Milkround Marketing team, and had the opportunity to learn more about the key things employers are looking for.

Students were then asked to pitch to our judges. All three were overwhelmed not only by the sheer number of achievements highlighted by the high-quality presentations, but the students’ sense of social responsibility.

The judging panel found it incredibly difficult to choose between candidates who came from a range of societies, from Craft and Financial Trading to Law and Women in Leadership. The judges were impressed by the passion all candidates showed for diversity and inclusion. Several of the societies wanted to invest our £1,000 prize money into charity fundraisers, addressing issues including student mental health and welfare.

Congratulations to our winners!

Eva (left) and Lucia (right), with their Individual Contribution to a Society awards.
Open Minds were awarded with Outstanding Contribution to a Society, for their dedication to increasing confidence and leadership skills through creativity.

Adam Isle, Recruiter for AstraZeneca’s Innovative Medicines & Early Development Graduate Programme, said the nominees were ‘exactly the kind of students we’re looking for’.

The day proved to be fruitful for both students and employers. Not only did the finalists get to showcase their past achievements in front of three employers, they developed their skills in pitching both their societies and their own sense of self-branding. They were then able to engage in a final networking session at the end of the day.

If you are interested in being part of events such as our Society Awards, to not only increase your brand awareness among the student demographic, but to also grant recognition of truly unique student talent found through Milkround, do give us a call on 0333 0145 111, or email

Delivering more candidates than ever before…

We kicked off the year with high traffic levels, a growing audience and strong applications.

Check out our January 2017 statistics vs. last year below:


What does this mean for you?

A high volume of quality candidates applying for your roles.

Your brand seen by more candidates than ever before.

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Now is the time to drive your recruitment campaign forward, and with the tools and resources Milkround can offer, it’s never been a better time to give us a go.

Simply get in touch to find out how we can help you.

Boost your campaign this February with our perfect pairs

With Valentine’s Day only around the corner, we’re feeling the love here at Milkround. This month we’ve coupled up some of our top products at a discounted rate to boost your recruitment campaign*:

1. Puppy Love 

Drive applications to your vacancies with 20% off a Social Media Boost & Keyword Sponsorship


2. Facebook Official

Widen your reach with 20% off a Targeted Email to 10,000 candidates & Banner on our homepage


3. Honeymoon

Build your brand with 25% off a one month Custom Job Advert & and sponsorship of your chosen sector


4. Keep the Love Alive 

Engage with your target audience through our #MilkroundEngage Twitter Q&A and a HTML email sent to 10,000 candidates.

£2,660 – 30% off!

* T&C’s: Not eligible for current proposals. Must book in February to be eligible for discount. Ends midnight 28/2/17


25 Jobs Before Turning 25…


Finding a job as a recent graduate is hard, and even harder when you’re not sure which sector you want to start a career in. We often hear stories of graduates not being loyal to companies – only staying for a couple of years before leaving to pursue a new role because they just don’t know which sector they’d like to work in. Emma Rosen, graduate of the University of Exeter with a degree in History & International Relations and a MA in Applied Security Strategy, is taking on the challenge of trying out 25 different jobs before she turns 25. Here’s why she’s doing it:

“Four months ago, I made the decision to leave my ‘job for life’ with the Civil Service in favour of an experimental idea: trying 25 jobs before I turn 25, over the course of a year.

This is no gap year, but a radical sabbatical aimed at not only finding my ideal career, or careers, but also to better understand the challenges, desires and demands of many of my peers – the so-called millennial generation – with the aim of advising on future workplace trends.

That was how the challenge started – aimed at millennials by a millennial.

However, I soon realised that the issue of an unfulfilled workforce was not as generationally-defined as I had first thought. Since featuring in The Telegraph, among other publications, I have had a huge response from people of all ages, from school-age teenagers to those near retirement, alongside hundreds of millennials.  

I am currently six jobs in and my goals are now threefold: to get a better understanding of what I want to do in the long run, to advocate for better careers education for young people and also to promote career fulfilment for those already in the workplace. At the strategic level, a happy and fulfilled workforce is a resilient workforce, that is able to withstand the economic and political shocks that we are experiencing with increasing frequency.

So how am I trying 25 careers in one year? I am spending anything from a couple of days to a couple of weeks working with inspirational organisations within each field, which I have contacted through a mixture of networking, cold-calling and my partnership with Milkround.

I would, therefore, be very grateful for any offers of work shadowing/experience in the UK, or abroad, in any of the industries I have yet to cover, including:

  • International Development
  • International Security
  • Primatology
  • TV & Film production
  • Conservation
  • Marine Biology
  • Think Tank
  • Hotel Critic
  • Disaster/Crisis Management
  • Homewear/Fashion Buyer
  • Entrepreneurial start-up (preferably with a social impact focus).

Two weeks is, of course, not a substantial enough period of time to fully get to grips with a sector. This is why I am also looking to interview passionate senior individuals within each industry, to learn from their experience and to gain a more holistic insight into what it’s like to work within each.

What I can offer to an organisation or induvial in return, is writing about my experiences on my website and through my partnership with Milkround, which would be a great way to promote working with you. It would demonstrate to potential future candidates that you take their career fulfilment and happiness seriously.”

You can view Emma’s website and blog here:

WIN with the 12 Days of Christmas!


In this very speedy run up to Christmas, we’re offering you the chance to WIN PRIZES when you book your campaign with Milkround.

If this hasn’t already tempted you to enquire, here’s a list of the things we’re giving away…

DAY 1: 1st December: A lovely bottle of bubbly

DAY 2: 2nd December: £50 Odeon cinema voucher

DAY 3: 5th December:  £50 Amazon voucher

DAY 4: 6th December: a Champneys Spa Day with treatments for two

DAY 5: 7th December: Two tickets to A View from the Shard

DAY 6: 8th December: A cupcake delivery

DAY 7: 9th December: Wine tasting for two

DAY 8: 12th December: A festive hamper

DAY 9: 13th December: Hot air balloon ride for two

DAY 10: 14th December: Two night hotel break with dinner for two (various locations)

DAY 11: 15th December: £100 John Lewis voucher

DAY 12: 16th December: A three course meal for two at The Ritz

For every £1000 you spend with Milkround, you’ll get one entry into the raffle at the end of the day (i.e book a £5,000 campaign and you’ll receive five entries, giving you a higher chance of winning!)

To be entered into the prize draw, simply quote ’12 DAYS’ when talking to a member of the team!*


*T&Cs: minimum spend of £1,000 with Milkround. Has to be booked on the day to be eligible to win the prize. Winners will be picked at the end of each day, and be notified by email no longer than 10 days after the competition closes. Competition ends at midnight 16/12/2016.

Perceptions of the employer assessment process – are you ahead of the game?


Has your method of assessing candidates been the same for years? Have you ever wondered if your methods of assessing influences a candidates impression of your business?

TMP Worldwide and Milkround are hosting an Insight Breakfast looking at the impact of employer assessment processes on quality of hire, diversity and inclusion and employer brand. We’ve conducted research with over 1,800 students to find out;

  • The impact of the assessment process on candidate perception of your employer brand
  • Candidate perceptions of different types of assessment processes
  • How self aware are candidates when it comes to key skills and do they really understand what employers are looking for
  • Designing assessment processes that help meet diversity and inclusion targets



Date:  1st November 2016

Time:  08.30am – 10.30 am

Venue:  Blue Fin, London, SE1 0TA



To by 14th October 2016.

The Times Guide to Higher & Degree Apprenticeships

We are pleased to be hosting The Times Guide to Higher & Degree Apprenticeships, originally published in ‘The Times Guide to Elite Apprenticeships’ supplement in The Times on Wednesday, January 27th.

The guide features the 30 organisations that recruited the largest number of sixth form school-leavers in 2015 and offer prestigious training programmes which provide an alternative to going to university.

The BBC offers the highest salaries to its higher and degree apprenticeships, up to £23,000 pa, whilst Civil Service takes on the highest number with 564 Higher Apprenticeships on offer.

To compile the guide, High Fliers Research contacted more than 200 employers of school leavers, graduates and young professionals to research how many Higher Apprentices or Degree Apprentices each organisation recruited in 2015, along with the number of places available on employers’ sponsored degree courses and other comparable 18+ school-leaver training schemes.

The research shows that the UK’s leading employers of Higher or Degree Apprentices together recruited more than 2,800 sixth form school-leavers for programmes that lead to level 4 qualifications or above, the equivalent of a foundation or undergraduate degree.

Check out the content from the supplement here.



To view the table, please visit Milkround School Leavers: