With endless reports showing a dire outlook for Graduates entering the world of work, it’s not surprising some want to be students forever. Why leave the bubble of university life? Domino’s Two for Tuesday, Sports Social on Wednesday and the ability to pop home for a nap between lectures after a hard morning at the gym. And yet the world of work awaits us all…

Students can’t hide forever and before you know it, it’s time to find a job. One that not only pays enough to keep you afloat, but allows you to gain responsibility as you progress and, hopefully, a job you’ll actually really enjoy.

“The first thing that happens when you graduate is confusion sets in. You’ve just finished the most important exams of your life, you don’t know what you’re doing and you don’t know what job you can go into unless you’ve done something completely vocational” laughs Tom Bailey, a Graduate from City London University. A situation every Graduate knows and every student dreads, no doubt.

A dedicated sportsman, a high-achieving academic and now, a very successful Headhunter, SuperGrad first met with GB rower Tom in August 2013, after he applied for a role as a Graduate Executive Recruiter. Since then we’ve watched him go from strength to strength. With a first-class degree in Psychology, a career in recruitment might not have been Tom’s first thought when looking for a graduate job, but it appears to be a role that was tailor-made for him.

“At the start, I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do after leaving university. I just knew I wanted to earn a lot of money and be successful, whatever I did”, says Tom. “I’ve always wanted a job that pushed me and SuperGrad were so quick with their interview process; they called me in for an interview, I met with the team and was going for interviews with clients all within a week.”

The speed at which Tom started his SuperGrad journey isn’t uncommon, but his sporting background and all that comes with it meant he was a highly desirable candidate for some of London’s most successful firms. “More and more employers are beginning to recognise the link between sport and employability” advises Jono McGlashan, Principal Consultant at SuperGrad. “It shows dedication, time-management and a competitive spirit which, amongst other sought-after qualities, are key traits valued by all of our clients.”

Being part of your university sports scene isn’t a sure-fire way to get you a job, however. As a Graduate, you are one of millions of young people looking for a career. The drive and dedication to not only get a job, but to be the best you can possibly be is a quality that isn’t instilled in everyone. For students that partake in sport, it is vital to find a career that feeds that appetite for competition, success and progression. No boring 9-5 for you – there’s so much more for the taking and you aren’t prepared to settle for any less. “You can’t teach someone to be passionate, dedicated and driven”, states Tom, “You either have it or you don’t”…

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