Should You Hire Grads During a Downturn?

Historically, graduate recruitment has taken a dip when economic times have been tough. On one hand, this is entirely understandable – letting loyal employees go as you hire younger (and cheaper) models doesn’t do much for morale. On the other hand, there are a whole host of arguments to say that grad hiring during the…

Loneliness Can Be an Issue for New Grads

Starting at a new company can be a lonely time, but starting for your very first employer can be even lonelier. Many fresh grads are not used to the norms of office behaviour, and while in a bigger company they might have a group of fellow grads to share their growing pains, in the mid-sized…

But Won’t Ambitious Grads Rock the Boat?

Ambition isn’t the only quality that a new grad brings with them on their first day, but that desire is often what will get them through those initial few testing months. They are starting out on a successful career, with no intention of failing. Such an attitude can be a little intense for those around…

Not All Grads Know What They Want to Do

Too many grads worry about their lack of direction when they are starting out on their careers. They work with us in hospitality roles during their studies, but when the moment comes to make that “big” decision, many adopt the look of a rabbit in the headlights. After an academic career of certainty and achievement,…

Pre-assessed graduate & emerging talent from £599/month

Directly employing thousands of students & graduates every year (over 15,000 to date), we have the experience, proprietary technology & talent pipeline to cater for your graduate hiring needs.   We deliver values-based, pre-assessed graduate and emerging talent to employers through three competitively-priced packages to suit different needs, with options to add the Brightsparks Academy…

Hospitality is a Breeding Ground for Great Grads

Many students find that their introduction to working life is way before their graduation day. For many of the students who work for Brightsparks, the pay they receive for work in our event and hospitality side is a vital source of the funds they require to be able to get through university; to pay to…

One Question to Ask Every Grad at Interview

Whenever someone comes into an interview, it is vital to gain an understanding of their personal values. When someone has a track record of previous employment, it is not so hard to perceive their values from their past behaviour. However, when a grad comes in who knows little else but work placements and holiday jobs,…

How to Interview Someone Who Has Never Been to One

They walk into the room, and you can sense that they do not know what to expect. Their smile shows you that they are used to being around people, and their easy manner fools you into thinking that they know what is coming. Only their eyes betray them – they are searching for clues, desperately…

3 Tips for any Graduate’s First Interview

The nerves are jangling, but the door to their future is now slightly ajar. They have the first interview at the company of their dreams, but will the door swing invitingly open or slam in their faces? A lot will depend on how the grad handles themselves during the interview. When you have a stellar…

Not All Grads Want to Be Entrepreneurs

There is so much hype about the explosion of entrepreneurial success and the expansion of the “gig economy” that you might be fooled into thinking that the modern-day grad has one eye on a solo career from the day that they graduate. They crave the freedom that they had at university, they want to be…

Writing Is a Unique Weapon in Every Grad’s Arsenal

The art of written persuasion is sadly lacking in the modern business world. Written communication is as succinct as possible. One-word emails are not unusual, and the abbreviations of text messaging and Twitter are acceptable for many millennial-oriented companies. You’ve got to be down with the kids, right?!? It is true that the Millennial generation…

Don’t Save on Pay for Graduate Talent

“Stack them high and pay them peanuts” is not an attitude to take when you are looking to hire graduate talent. A key part of any HR department’s work is to deliver value to the business by organically developing every employee. As they deliver more value, their remuneration and benefits equally start to ramp up….

Sociable grads are good for business

They are used to getting on well with hundreds of near strangers. They are practiced in the art of empathy and are surprisingly good listeners. Humour is never far from their lips, and with their infectious enthusiasm, they are often a pleasure to be around. When a new wave of graduates joins a business, it…

The challenges facing organisations when recruiting for grads

As featured in Recruitment Agency Now. There is a lot at stake when it comes to recruiting graduates. After all, they are the future. The successful scouting and nurturing of a company’s young prospects can lead to great things – just look at the parallels in sport and Manchester United’s ‘Class of ‘92’ who made…

Don’t Chain Your Grads to Their Desks

Sometimes being realistic about the way of the world is the best strategy. You might choose to motivate your grads by showing them how far they can grow within your company. Stay for seven years, become a Director, we see you as a future leader. That sort of thing. This is all well and good,…

Your Social Future Lies with Your Grads

As you are reading this blog, I’ll assume that you are a user of social media. Most of us are these days, but whether we are maximising its full potential for our businesses is another question. I’d openly admit there is more we could do at Brightsparks! It is always problematic to suggest that people…

Don’t Knock the Dreams Out of Your Grads

There is something incredibly powerful and even contagious about being around people who believe in the impossible. The excitement of a graduate receiving their business card for the first time can’t help but take you back to that unique feeling. You had a business card with your name on it, your first step on the…

Is Mental Health a Risk for Recent Grads?

This subject is not one that is touched on very often, but it is something that sometimes crosses my mind. Graduates are often seen as indestructible machines, with their energies simply redirected from party hard to work hard. Many of them will have completed some work experience while at university, so how hard can their…

The Role of Big Data in Graduate Recruitment

When you hire someone fresh out of university, there is always an element of an unknown quality. You are their first employer as they launch their career, and you are making an educated judgement about their potential. You might partner with a recruiter who has experience with this demographic or, better still like Brightsparks, has…

Do Grads Care About Perks, Pay or Promotion?

In the soul searching for the perfect culture, some companies seem to have lost sight of what really matters to graduates and young professional starting out on their career: they need to pay the rent, put food on the table and go out on the weekend. They also must have some sort of hope for…

How to Get on with People You Have Never Met

When you walk in the door, a shiver of fear runs down your spine. You don’t know anyone. We’ve all been there. Whether it is your first day in a new job, a sales meeting at a new client or a dinner party with a load of strangers, we are all familiar with that brief…

Millennials are not a panacea for all agencies’ problems

Amid all the Christmas ad hoo-ha one story really stood out for me. And it didn’t have anything to do with a bouncing dog. It was around the John Lewis spoof and W Communications’ decision to hire the clever lad behind it. Hiring an 18-year old with no agency experience is a bold move. And I look…

Treat Grads Mean & Keep Them Keen

I am not suggesting that you chain your Grads to the coffee machine, but taking on relatively inexperienced new starters does require certain boundaries to be set. It is great to welcome them with open arms and an effusive smile on their first day, but unless you set them to work in a rigid and…

Are Mentors Cheerleaders or Taskmasters?

The job of a mentor is to enable change in their charges by getting them to think and act in a more effective way. They help them to see the light and give them the tools and the belief to move towards it. Due to the very fact that graduates have little experience in their…

Grads need to be solid, not spectacular

The undergraduate existence is an interesting one – they spend their days striving for academic excellence (as well as enjoying the social side of university life!), while their weekends and holidays are often spent in a somewhat mundane introduction to working life, in jobs such as shelf-stacking and data-entry. Yes, they can be more interesting…

Student jobs can provide so much more than just some extra cash

Getting a Student Job – Why It Matters (Guest blog by Emma Mahdavi, staff member at Brightsparks) Paying your way through university and building your CV at the same time, without it encroaching on your studies, can be challenging. Here’s why bagging yourself a student job is can help you. The cost of University and all…

Which New Grad Will You Adopt?

Dear Graduate Employers There is definitely a “cute and cuddly” factor when you consider adopting a pet. You lose yourself in their expectant eyes and you imagine a richer life with them by your side. Maybe adopting is the wrong word, but as you take them home in your car on that exciting first day, there is…

Grads Are More Ready Than You Think

Don’t Miss Out on Emerging Talent Over the late summer and early autumn, a wave of fresh, emerging talent is hitting the workplace. They have attended some of the best universities and likely come out with stellar grades, but that is far from everything that they are bringing to their first employer. Yes, they have proved…

Social Media is Inescapable in the Workplace

Whether It’s In Digital Marketing Graduate Jobs or Sales, You Can’t Escape Social Media As our constant companion, informant and court jester, the impact of Social Media on the workplace is hard to ignore. No longer the preserve of marketing types, the various social platforms have now become integrated into our personal lives to such an extent that…

The Riddle of Quantifying Graduate Talent

Graduate Recruitment – Finding That Potential The graduate is sitting in front of you, saying all the right things, but you have a nagging concern that there is no substance behind their words. They seem so sure in their ability that even their body language marries up with their messages, but would that be the same…

What are graduates looking for in a role?

Graduate Roles – Will They Stay On-board? Graduate recruitment is one of the most important parts of any business. From foodie start-ups to major financial institutions, everyone needs a pipeline of fresh talent. It is easier, cheaper, and much more rewarding to promote from inside than out, and having an established team that you know and…

The rise of the Chief Content Officer

Creative Graduate Jobs – Chief Content Officer The competitive landscape has changed beyond recognition over the past couple of decades, particular for creative graduate jobs. New technologies have brought companies closer to their customers, products are ever more personalised, and disruption is the new normal. To avoid being swept along by this torrent of external influence,…

July is the new September

While your competitors switch off for their summer holidays, give your company a critical competitive advantage by getting first choice on the best talent just as the class of 2016 graduate and enter the job market. Thanks to Brightsparks’ unique community of graduates and students (we have directly employed 14,000+ in their student jobs), we…

Happy Accident!

Graduate Recruitment Jobs – Don’t Listen to the Bad Reviews Are you considering applying for graduate recruitment jobs? Here’s my story – and here’s why you should go for it. As a young guy, I graduated from Loughborough University with a 2:1 in French and Politics having always wanted to be a professional sportsman; I had…

Careers at La Fosse Associates

At Brightsparks, we excel at finding young, hungry individuals looking to kick-start their careers. We work with the best companies; those who really invest time and energy into developing their graduates into top-class professionals. One such company is La Fosse Associates. Founded in 2007, they have grown to over 100 employees across three UK offices,…

Standing out from a distance – how to nail a phone interview

Graduate Work Tips – Phone Interviews Done Right The graduate work environment and the world of job applications is an ever-changing landscape. Whereas 10 or 20 years ago face-to-face interviews were the norm, in today’s increasingly digitised and connected world it is increasingly common to companies to use webcam or telephone-based interviews, saving them time…