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Press Release - 01 October 2008

Bath graduate launches website to help students find jobs

A student from the University of Bath has set up The GradRoom, a website that uses a Facebook application to allow graduates looking for employment to showcase their skills to top recruiters in the UK.

While completing his final year project, Nick Elliott, a Business Administration graduate identified a real need for a fresh approach in helping students find their first jobs.

Nick believes The GradRoom, is what every student needs on graduating and has invested in the Facebook application as a business start-up. The idea came to him while talking to friends in the pub.

“We were talking about our dissertations and our own experience of the graduate recruitment process and the idea grew from there,” explained Nick, who was formerly chair of BANTER (the University’s entrepreneurs group).

“Bath graduates are among the most sought-after students leaving higher education. They are often bombarded with career opportunities and sign-up packages for that elusive first salary.

“In most cases, students are confused, daunted and left unsure of which company they will find a fit with.”

The application was launched in April 2007, trialled in Bath and already has more than 600 students signed up. All of the top 25 graduate recruiters are involved.

The site, which is free to use, allows students to showcase their skills in a secure environment to employers in the UK.

It will be showcased to all top universities in the UK this week and has the support of businesses such as Citigroup, Barclays and Accenture amongst others.

Nick feels that the support he received from the University’s Students’ Union was pivotal to the success of the project. He said: “We would definitely not be in the position we are today without them.

“They were really supportive of the idea and gave us loads of help and direction with advice and the introductions to mentors,” he said.

In the future, Nick is hoping to expand the application to the top 50 universities in Europe and then the top 100 in the USA.

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