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Graduate Recruitment


Graduates can bring a lot of valuable qualities to a role and there are a lot of advantages of hiring graduates, for example:

  • graduates are enthusiastic and will work hard to make a good impression in what is likely to be their first job

  • graduates bring bounds of energy and enthusiasm to the workplace and provide a fresh perspective with an awareness of current cultural trends and the ability to look at things with a new outlook

  • if this is their first job, they won’t have any pre-formed work habits or practices, meaning they will be open to adapt to the working hours and culture

  • being new to the working world, they will be keen to impress, so will be in a good position to fit into a business and/or team

  • graduates absorb new information quickly, learning new skills and gaining experience in different areas

  • graduates have grown up surrounded by technology and have developed the ability to pick up new tools and technology rapidly, they will learn how to use any software or hardware required for the job quickly and also be able to assist other employees with technology

  • graduates will have a proficient understanding of social media, which can benefit a company with networking.

Did you know?

Early engagement is essential and it is recommended to engage with students whilst they are still on their university journey. The universities in the city are all keen to work in partnership with employers and to provide a range of activities aimed to help connect employers with their talented students and graduates.

As well as the option to directly employ a graduate, most businesses and organisations who are seeking expertise to solve an innovative strategic problem are eligible for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). The impact of a KTP will be transformational and enable the business to become more competitive and generate new income. The KTP scheme is one of the UK's largest graduate employment programmes and one of the longest running. It helps UK based organisations to innovate and grow through a three-way partnership with universities and graduates. Businesses link up with an academic or research institution, referred to as the 'knowledge base', which then helps by recruiting a suitably qualified graduate, known as a KTP associate. Employed by the university, the associate then works for the company on strategic projects, helping to improve business performance and increase productivity. Find out more here.

How it works in the City

University of Plymouth

To attract the brightest talent, the University’s Careers Service provides a range of activities aimed to help connect employers with their talented students and graduates. The University dedicated Employer Engagement team works in partnership with employers, offering a tailored service depending on business requirements and objectives.

Employers can also promote vacancies free of charge to all University of Plymouth students and graduates through ‘myCareer.’ The types of vacancies employers can advertise through this service include paid, part-time/casual roles, short-term internships, placements/year in industry and graduate jobs/schemes. Jobs can also be advertised on the University our jobs board. The University promotes employer opportunities to students and graduates actively seeking jobs/graduate roles, through their social media channels and automated emails through ‘myCareer’.

The University’s Careers Service runs a wide range of employer-led careers information and recruitment events to help employers interact with students/ graduates as part of their career journey. Activities include career fairs, employer drop-ins and insight panels for students wishing to explore placement, graduate and part-time work opportunities. Find out more and see what’s on at the University here.

For ways to engage with student and graduate recruitment, and to explore KTP opportunities, please refer to the University of Plymouth Employer Engagement webpage at:

University of Plymouth website

University of Plymouth - My Career

Employer Opportunties

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships for Business

Arts University Plymouth

If employers want to advertise full-time, part-time or freelance opportunities and explore the KTP programme at Arts University Plymouth please email and visit:

Knowledge exchange funding

Careers & Enterprise


Plymouth Marjon University

If employers want to advertise full-time, part-time or freelance opportunities to the many students and graduates at Plymouth Marjon University or explore the KTP programme contact Marjons Futures by emailing and visit

Knowledge exchange

Contact Marjon



Plymouth Marjon University and Arts University Plymouth are registered with an employability platform called ‘Handshake’. Handshake is an online platform and mobile app that connects employers to students and graduates to help grow your business and employ talented individuals.

Registering your organisation on the Handshake platform will provide you with access to Marjon and Arts University Plymouth students and graduates and if you opt in, thousands of students studying at other universities who are looking for the next step in their career.

To create an account, and keep posting your paid, placement and volunteering opportunities please register here.

Click here to get additional support on getting you started on the platform.

For more information and resources to support you, you can visit the Handshake website or contact Marjon or Arts University Plymouth via email: or

Sell Plymouth to Graduates!

It is important to inform potential graduates that they can build their future in Plymouth. Plymouth is an amazing city to live, work, play and build a future in. Share this detail in your recruiting process, make sure you give you a flavour of what makes Plymouth the vibrant, creative and exciting ocean city that it is today. Confirm how the South West lifestyle matches the ethics and culture of your company.

Plymouth - Visitors and Tourism

Plymouth's Book Of Wonder

Visit Britian - Devon

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Employers can also post job opportunities on these graduate specific job sites:

Grad Southwest



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