BBC is top choice for new graduates

Graduates see the BBC as the most desirable place to work and identify the
ability to balance personal life and job as their career priority, according to
research.

The Universum Graduate Survey of more than 6,000 students from 42
universities finds that the second and third ranked most important goals for
graduates in the first three years are to work internationally and to be given
increasingly challenging tasks.

The students identify the most attractive characteristics in a first
employer as one that provides international career opportunities, a variety of
assignments and secure employment.

More than 60 per cent of the male respondents anticipate being paid £18,467
or more at their first job, compared to 40 per cent of women.

Tony Engstrîm, strategic account manager for Universum Communications, said:
"Young jobseekers are opting for positions in which they are not expected
to be ‘married’ to the job.

"The ideal company seems to offer a mixture of a healthy working
environment without people getting burned out, yet still providing a
challenging job with good career possibilities."

Graduates favourite employers

1          BBC
2          Foreign Office
3          British Airways
4          Accenture
5          Andersen
6          GSK
7          Virgin Group
8          PricewaterhouseCoopers
9          AstraZeneca
10        Coca-Cola

Source: Universum Graduate Survey

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