It can feel like begging for a job after University, but we've got you covered. Credit: iStock

How to not get left behind: a guide to 2020’s soon-to-be graduates on who is hiring, navigating zoom-based recruitment processes, and utilising your spare time to bling up your CV.

Final year students across the globe had nothing more to panic about than the impending doom of dissertation deadlines and final exams, but now the nation is faced with many companies holding back on the recruitment front in the wake of the looming recession.

The spiralling uncertainty of Covid-19 is nothing new to us eight weeks down the line, but the longer it persists, the more it affects our day-to-day lives and futures.

With a recession predicted to rival the great depression inevitably on the way, it’s no wonder that unemployment stats have skyrocketed and concerns surrounding job stability, redundancies are rising exponentially for workers of all ages.

Students who are just finishing up the past few years spent studying for their degrees have had not only their spirits, but their career plans crushed, and many left feeling like the last few years of hard work have all been for nothing. Fear not final years, we’ve got you covered with this advice and inspiration taken from Nottingham Trent University’s employability department.

You can use your free time to get involved in voluntary and even paid opportunities!

Universities often offer many employability opportunities throughout the academic year, many of which end up being undersubscribed due to the generally very demanding student life, so now is the perfect opportunity to get involved in the extracurricular activities you may usually miss out on.

While many programmes, such as NTU’s FutureYou scheme and The Hive’s entrepreneurship bootcamps not able to physically take place this summer, the employability department have been working hard to be able to run some programmes remotely. NTU’s renowned Grads4Nottm runs every summer, with 2020 being no exception. And to top it off, it’s even paid this year!

The scheme, running June 8-19, offers students a two-week work experience opportunity with a local business, who set participating students a real-life challenge to solve throughout their time with the company. Regularly involved companies include Nottingham moguls Boots and GoDine, along with a whole host of SMEs based around Nottinghamshire, including many Creative Quarter enterprises. The aim of the scheme is to offer students transferrable skills to become more employable and to boost the graduate retention in the region.

Take a masterclass in becoming more employable

The team at NTU Employability are offering NTU students and recent graduates a vast range of online seminars and masterclasses in becoming more employable!

Does your CV need a bit of extra sparkle? Do you need to brush up on your interview skills? Want a bit of practice with recruitment assessments? Take a gander at the regularly offered sessions and see what’s on the menu so you’re ready to effectively sink your teeth into your dream job applications when the career flood gates are opened.

The team are also hosting regular webinars with Q&As to help final year students and recent graduates discover what opportunities are currently available and to dispel myths surrounding COVID-19 and recruitment.

Many well-known brands and employers are still recruiting for their graduate schemes

You just might not be looking in the right place! NTU Employability’s comprehensive graduate opportunities listings are regularly updated to include the hot-off-the-press opportunities that have been adapted and re-thought to accommodate for the ongoing pandemic. It is also worth noting that most graduate schemes generally begin in the Autumn, so many of these may be unaffected. In some cases you can even get a head start on applying for 2021 schemes.

The weekly-updated list features employers involved in industries across the board, from advertising to agriculture and teaching to finance, there is likely to be a graduate scheme you are eligible for.

Here are our top 5 featured picks:

Teach First’s Graduate Teacher Training Programme

Always dreamed of enlightening the UK’s young minds? Teach First are now accepting applications to start on their 2021 teacher training programme, which lasts for two years. You can expect to start earning approximately £19,000 depending where your school is based, rising in the second year of the programme after you become a ‘Newly Qualified teacher’. Even if you didn’t study a degree in Education, the scheme is open to a variety of subject areas that are eligible to apply.

Dyson’s European Marketing and Sales Graduate Scheme

Paris, Milan, Amsterdam or… Malmesbury? Dyson’s graduate scheme will allow you to hone your marketing skills, from branding to analytics and e-commerce to retail activation, on this programme you will not only see Europe but will also become a marketing mastermind.

Shoosmiths’ Graduate Law Training Programme

Birmingham’s prestigious law firm, Shoosmiths, are now hiring for their future graduate training programmes. Are you a law student looking for your lucky break or have you completely done a 180 on your degree subject and want to pursue a career in Law and Order? Final years and graduates of all degree subjects can apply to this scheme, expecting to earn around £27,000 from the get go.

Hampshire County Council’s Graduate Social Worker Training Scheme

As children’s services across the country continue to increase, demand for social workers is higher than ever! This more degree-based role is perfect for any budding social workers who are chomping at the bit to get some outstanding training in one of the UK’s best performing local authorities.

Bechtel’s Mechanical Engineering Graduate Scheme

Did you think we’d forgotten about you practical-degree students? This opportunity with Bechtel, a globally respected company in its field, is offering incomparable industry experience to mechanical engineering students across the country, starting this September. Get hands-on training on how to design, install and construct within infrastructure projects.