Find a graduate job: find out about employers
Find out about resources to help you research different employers including both larger companies and SMEs.
Browse organisations on MyFuture
MyFuture is where we place all of the work experience and graduate opportunities notified to us. These are the employers targeting you as a Bath student. Log into MyFuture and click on 'Organisations' to bring up the 'Search Employers' function. The list is arranged by industry sector. Since this is a historical archive not all employers will have current vacancies, but you will be able to see the frequency of their advertising, e.g. once or several times a year.
Generating your own list of employers
Our Finding a graduate job guide explains some strategies for looking for employers, especially those who do not normally offer graduate training schemes. It also shows how you can make your own contacts through developing your networks, including advice on how to use LinkedIn and Twitter.
Our catalogue has two sections worth looking at:
- Information resources for employer research lists employer guides and directories, both online and hard copies.
- Information resources for occupational research lists resources related to different job roles, which may also provide details of typical employers or where to look for them.
Employer directories are available free of charge to collect from our office at the start of the academic year. Some are general and others are for specific sectors. We normally receive free directories from these publishers:
The University Library has a range of company and financial resources covering the UK and overseas which you can use.
See the Library's Management web page for links to company reports and histories as well sector market research reports which detail key companies.
The Library's guide Using business databases to prepare for job interviews has some useful examples of the types of search you can do:
- Searching for UK companies by location and industry using Keynote.
- Locating international companies by industry using Hoovers.
- Searching for company profiles, industry profiles and lifestyle reports with Marketline and Passport.
- Finding press coverage of companies and key personalities using Nexis.
The Careers Service has a variety of in-house resources that can give you an overview of careers in different sectors.
Working for smaller companies
How small is small?
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) include those employers who employ less than 250 people. The opportunities for graduates will obviously be very different in a micro firm (less than 10 people) to a business employing nearly 250 people.
Why consider working for an SME
In the UK, more than 99% of all businesses fall into this category and the SME sector often drives innovation and competition. There can be interesting opportunities for graduates to work in small, high growth, intelligent businesses. Smaller businesses can be found in all sectors from advanced science and communication technology to specialist manufacturers and suppliers.
SMEs often offer a quicker route to making your mark as you are likely to have more exposure to leaders and decision-makers in the organisation. The career paths on offer will be less defined but can offer a steeper learning curve and accelerated progress for high performers. Graduates can experience big challenges and responsibilities relatively early in their career and may also be rewarded with stock options in their remuneration package. If you think you’ll thrive in a constantly changing environment which requires you to be flexible and adaptable then this might be the right choice for you. Working for an SME can also allow you to build entrepreneurial skills useful for running your own business in the future.
How smaller businesses recruit
Smaller businesses will only hire one person at a time and never to a particular timetable. Most often they are recruiting because someone has left the company or there is an increase in business that calls for extra staff. This means each person they hire is special and very valuable to the company so they will be looking for a good fit between the person they are hiring and their business. You’ll need to match yourself to the values and attitudes of the company and think about how you would thrive in this sort of environment and culture. Make sure you read our guide to Applications, CVs and cover letters.
Read our Finding a graduate job guide for advice on how to go about searching for a job outside of the main graduate schemes.
If you’re not sure if working for an SME is right for you, take a look at Big Opportunities in Small Businesses: Graduates in SMEs – this is an AGCAS DVD that you can stream via MyFuture.
Other sources of information
- Use the self-employment and SMEs section in our resources catalogue to help with your research. Access the resource catalogue
- Big Opportunities in Small Businesses: Graduates in SMEs – this is an AGCAS DVD that you can stream via the resources tab in MyFuture.
- Smaller businesses: a positive career choice for graduates?, a report published by GTI Media including views, opinions and suggestions of undergraduates and small business owners.
- Step offers internships and longer graduate placements mainly in smaller businesses.
- The Santander Internship Programme operated on campus by the Students’ Union provides paid for entrepreneurial internships to final year students and graduates.
- See our regional websites list which may be useful for finding smaller businesses in a local area.
- Student Enterprise Bath is a great way to build up entrepreneurial skills for some of the intelligent high growth businesses you might aspire to work for.