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SECTORS

The recruitment industry is vast and unparalleled in its diversity. From Oil, Gas and Energy to Investment Banking, to the Pharmaceutical and Legal industries, the SuperGrad Programme provides opportunities with many of the most respected and successful recruitment firms. All our clients are exceptional at what they do, often leaders in their respective fields and representing a significant opportunity to those individuals who join them. Specialising in specific sectors, these firms only accept the best. Not only do our clients differ by sector, they also undertake different styles of recruitment, from retained search, through to high level contingent permanent and interim recruitment, so there is sure to be a role out there that will fit you perfectly. Click on the tabs below to read a brief overview of some of the sectors we regularly work in. However, if you do not have a desire to work in a specific sector and are driven more by the opportunity itself, just apply now to discuss your options.

Any Sector

When we ask candidates what sector they would like to work in, probably the most common response is that they are open to work in most sectors. If you don’t have a burning desire to work in a particular area, which many people don’t, this is actually the best answer you can give as it leaves you open to fully explore all of the options available to you. For most candidates, other factors are much more important and ultimately drive their decisions around which job to go for. What the company is like; its size, its culture and so on, will have a big bearing on what it would be like to work there. Its reputation and position within the market will also be relevant, as will who you will be reporting into and what type of recruitment you will be undertaking. All of these things and more can be explored in detail when we meet, and we will make sure that the opportunities we present to you match you well. The first thing to do at this stage is to When we ask candidates what sector they would like to work in, probably the most common response is that they are open to work in most sectors. If you don’t have a burning desire to work in a particular area, which many people don’t, this is actually the best answer you can give as it leaves you open to fully explore all of the options available to you. For most candidates, other factors are much more important and ultimately drive their decisions around which job to go for. What the company is like; it’s size, it’s culture and so on, will have a big bearing on what it would be like to work there. It’s reputation and position within the market will also be relevant, as will who you will be reporting into and what type of recruitment you will be undertaking. All of these things and more can be explored in detail when we meet, and we will make sure that the opportunities we present to you match you well. The first thing to do at this stage is to apply to join the SuperGrad Programme.

Banking & Finance

London is one of the major financial hubs in the world and Graduates are often attracted to this area, lured by the possibility of significant financial gain. Whilst it is true that a lot of people do make good money in finance, the competition from a recruitment perspective is also fierce with all the large recruitment companies firmly entrenched in this area, as well as a plethora of smaller niche firms too. This means that although there is the possibility of earning high commissions, to really do well you need to be exceptionally talented and tenacious, and ultimately perform better than your peers. Banking and finance is actually a lot broader than many people think. Finance typically refers to accountancy, but corporate finance is something entirely different and there are many more opportunities in between that would also come under the finance banner. For some the term ‘banking’ envisages banks on your high street; however specialist headhunting firms would not typically work with high street banks, instead working with banks (or the parts of banks) that specialise in making money through investments. This would include Hedge Funds, Asset Managers and firms that facilitate Mergers & Acquisitions- all areas where salaries are typically quite high.

Technology & IT

It could be argued that Technology and IT form the backbone to most businesses these days.

The ways in which technology supports businesses is also hugely varied, making this a vast recruitment sector. Typically, those that do well (as with almost all areas of recruitment) are those who specialise in a particular niche, for example working with Java developers, or those people who maintain the trading platforms within banks.

A lot of placements you make will be of a temporary / contract nature as often people are required to work on a project for a finite period of time. It is very fast-paced, can be quite cut throat so you need to be very resilient and it often involves lots of technical jargon.

Recruitment in this area seems to be a bit like Marmite, you will either love it or hate it.

Digital & Media

Obviously this sector is growing rapidly as we move everyday towards greater online activity. It means this space is very innovative as everyone is looking for the angle to provide the biggest reward. This also means it is changing and evolving rapidly (for example ‘Silicon Roundabout’ which is now a huge area of technical development, didn’t even exist a few years ago) – who knows what the next developments will be?

Your clients, who are likely to be small start-ups as much as large corporates, will be increasing their specialist staff in the area of Digital and Media, as the industry and technology continues to develop and progress. Typically people in this space work in strategy, the creation of content that results from this strategy or the selling of the space online.

Insurance

Insurance is Big Business. Both individuals, as well as all businesses, have a need for insurance: it is a way to reduce the financial impact should an adverse event occur.

An insurer, or insurance carrier is the company that underwrites the insurance and the policy holder is the person or business buying it. The insurance industry also includes a significant broking element (those people who interface between the insurance firms and the policy holder) and of course compliance.

Many people do not realize that London was actually the birthplace of the insurance industry (in Lloyd’s coffee shop to be precise) and is still one of the largest insurance markets in the world today making it a huge sector to operate in as a recruiter. Due to it’s geographic location in the heart of the city and also in Canary Wharf, it is often seen as part of the Financial Industry, but most recruitment firms will treat it as a distinct sector.

Recruitment in this area can offer good rewards as skill-sets are often niche and in high demand, but understandably competition is also fierce.

International & Multi-lingual

Many companies now have a global footprint and with that comes the need to have staff who can speak more than one language. This means that our clients need multilingual recruitment consultants who can test a candidate’s business language skills.

To work in this sector, you will need to be fluent in at least two languages. An appreciation of different cultures and a global outlook will also be valued by potential employers. This is a diverse and exciting area in which to work.

Although not a sector in a true sense, in that it could potentially be relevant to any industry, recruitment firms will often treat this area as a distinct sector due to the skillset required to work within it.

Legal

Legal recruitment involves a high level of communication with well-qualified professionals. Phrases such as ‘magic circle’ and ‘general counsel’ will become second nature to you, as will the distinction between in-house and private practice.

It’s a real profession, with clear and structured career paths, and the potential for high salaries. The sector can however be relatively dry, so an interest in the Law invariably helps, and an understanding of legal terminology will of course be useful.

Although people working in legal recruitment often have a legal background, this is not necessarily a requirement – one of our most successful placements was someone without any prior legal experience who now works in London’s leading legal recruitment firm!

Oil, Gas & Energy

The rate of exploration and development of the world’s energy resources is increasing rapidly. The fact that energy companies are affluent means that this can be a very lucrative sector to work in.

It is also inherently a highly international sector, with a very mobile workforce, so the placements you make will often involve managing the relocation of candidates to a new country as well as a new job.

It’s not just about the the traditional and established sources of energy- renewable energies like wind and solar are growing and require lots of people with specialist skillsets, making it a good environment for recruitment.

Sustainability

Sustainability is increasingly big business, which the world’s leading brands all increasing their efforts to be more environmentally friendly and build their businesses in a more sustainable way.

Especially with the Paris Agreement  signed, there will be an increase in demand for experts in  renewable energy, environmental and sustainable policy, as well as areas such as law, engineering and marketing and PR.

Recruitment companies in this sector are staffing up as more roles have to be filled. A dynamic new sector, it provides you with the challenge of recruitment while also being engaged in an exciting field.

CSR & Charity

CSR stands for Corporate Social Responsibility, a term that became popular in the 1960′s to describe a company’s internal regulation to ensure they meet their own responsibilities to the wider community, such as operating to ethical standards. What this means in terms of recruitment is that lots of companies are increasingly staffing up with people who perform this function internally. Initially they may need someone to create a CSR policy or, maybe once set up, people to help with its implementation e.g. to help a corporation engage with local good causes or become more green.

Charities, particularly the larger ones, are increasingly run as businesses and they require people to fulfill all the normal business functions as well as work in areas such as fundraising. Whilst working in this sector is unlikely to bring you the financial rewards possible in other sectors, it is likely to fit in with your personal values, giving you a sense of doing good whilst you make your commission.