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​Leaving university is never easy. Even if you have a career plan mapped out, entering the job market can still be overwhelming. Whether you know what you’re looking to pursue, or you’re still trying to decide, there’s going to be plenty of competition. To help, we’ve taken a look at sectors that provide opportunities for graduates looking to take the first step in their career.

Human Resources

The HR sector encompasses a wide range of employee-related issues from payroll and on-boarding to internal policies and benefits. Professionals pursuing a career in this area often find themselves acting as a mediator between employee and managers finding solutions to problems.

While there are degrees built around human resources, they aren’t essential to starting your career. Graduates can typically enter the sector through HR administrator or assistant roles, with many companies offering opportunities to those with a 2:1 grade or international equivalent.

There’s also plenty of room for progression. While the higher roles may require a Certificate in Personnel Practice or a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development course, many businesses are happy to provide the necessary support.

According to Payscale, the average salary for an HR assistant ranges from £17,000 to £26,000. However, a move towards administration and managerial roles can see this exceed £30,000. To find out more about a career in HR, take a look at our HR hub, filled with the latest opportunities and industry insights.

Accountancy & Finance

While a mathematical degree may seem like the obvious choice for a career in accountancy and finance, many enter the sector without taking the academic route. When looking for graduates, firms often accept any degree, providing the required grade is achieved. The most important thing they’re looking for is strong numerical skills and analytical minds.

This sector also provides plenty of opportunities to grow in a variety of directions. For example, those wanting to pursue a career as a qualified accountant will need to complete a range of exams such as the Certified Public Account exam. Fortunately, companies want to help develop and retain internal talent and are typically willing to help cover the costs of these exams.

On average, junior accountants can find themselves earning between £18,000 to £26,000. To find out more about the sector, check out our sector hub which contains our latest opportunities and insights.


The marketing industry is one of the UK’s fastest-growing sectors, especially as a digital presence is now a necessity. Across the country, there are plenty of exciting sector hubs with London, Manchester and Leeds providing an abundance of opportunities.

From the analytical side of technical SEO to creative-driven copywriting, the industry has roles suited to degrees of all types. Many of the UK’s biggest companies understand the importance of securing the best graduate talent, with EE, Sky and P&G featuring in a long list of businesses offering graduate schemes.

With so many roles, it can be hard to define an average salary, but the typical marketing associate can earn around £26,000. To find out more, check out our sector hub that we’ve filled with the latest opportunities to help graduates start their career in this exciting industry.

Supply Chain & Logistics

The fast-paced environment of the supply chain sector allows experts to oversee the entire product lifecycle while also maintaining constant contact with suppliers. Communication skills and the ability to find solutions under pressure are essential to this role, but with many major retailers offering graduate schemes, these are skills you’ll build through training.

Graduates working in the supply chain sector can usually expect to earn slightly more than other industries with an average salary of around £28,500. To find out more, take a look at our latest opportunities and insights, to see how this industry can help you build your career.

Outbound Sales & Customer Support

A career in outbound sales and customer support can be a great first step for recent graduates. There’s more to the industry than just answering phones and the sector provides plenty of benefits including competitive salaries, flexible working and the ability to develop transferable skills.

The sector is becoming more competitive and as businesses look to retain their employees, benefits such as internal training programmes, promoting from within initiatives, and strong commission schemes provide plenty of incentives to pursue progression.

With higher than average starting salaries and a career ladder that allows graduates to quickly exceed £30,000, the outbound sales and customer support provides plenty of opportunities for those looking for their next move after university. To find out more, take a look at our sector hub which features our latest jobs.

At Search, we’ve been helping graduates find the first step in their career for over 25 years. Our experts span 20 unique sectors and are always looking to connect exceptional candidates with businesses who can help them grow. To find out more, get in touch today and we’ll help you build your better future.