Home to many large company headquarters, from Balfour Beatty to EDF Energy, London offers plenty for budding young graduates to choose from.
At the same time, the recent UK recession has undoubtedly made job-hunting more difficult for university leavers, as over-demand has pushed experience requirements up higher and higher.
However, if you are ambitious and hard working, the capital is still very much the place to be. Many large London-based companies have targeted graduate employment schemes, and in terms of job security and clear progression paths, these are often good choices. If you have quite a specific degree, such as economics, it can be easier to choose what to aim for. More general degrees often call for you to market your skills to employers in terms of your ability to think in advanced ways and produce projects of a high standard to deadlines.
There are a number of specialist graduate recruitment agencies in the capital and they are certainly best-placed not only to find candidates the right jobs, but to advise you on how best to present yourself to employers in your early career. With up to a fifth of graduates struggling to find work, a recruiting employer is likely to be swamped with unsuitable CVs to sift through, wasting valuable business hours. For companies looking for the best young staff, a graduate recruitment agency can help to save time and pinpoint the most suitable qualities to look for.