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Graduate job market

Unemployment was the lead story on News at Ten, in particular the statistic that one in five unemployed people are under 25. They interviewed someone from one of our competitors in Leeds who said that there were seeing 20-odd applicants for each graduate vacancy.

At JOLF Plymouth meanwhile, we are once again struggling to recruit. We're only trying to get three graduate recruits, and can we get the third? Can we ****.

They should start in October. We are getting desperate. We're short-staffed as it is in Audit because of a couple of seniors who are leaving. Seriously, if anyone knows anyone interested in a career in accountancy in Plymouth who has a 2:1 degree and good A-level grades, let me know.


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Aug. 12th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
I don't have a degree. What I do have is a diploma in mathematics, every single module of which I passed with distinction. The only reason I have not yet been able to convert that into a degree is that I took on the lodger, who is so demanding that it is not possible to do serious study with him about.

You know I'm both bright and interested in accountancy. If you can stretch a point far enough to give me a chance, let me know!
Aug. 12th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
From our website http://www.kpmgcareers.co.uk/A-LevelTrainees/default.aspx?pg=1603 :

"Our A Level opportunities are not just for current school leavers. They’re also an opportunity for A Level qualified candidates who are looking to change career. Anyone who meets our A Level entry criteria, and who doesn’t have a university degree, is eligible to apply." (I should mention that "A-level" generally means "or equivalent".)

That would be for AAT then ACA or ACCA in Audit. According to the website, there are still 2009 vacancies available in Birmingham, Gatwick (Crawley), Reading and Southampton offices. Plymouth isn't mentioned, but given that we're desperate for first year trainees of any description, I wouldn't rule out Plymouth as a destination. Coming in via the AAT route is probably the hardest way to get into JOLF, but if you don't try...

Have you got an up-to-date cv (or could you get me one by Friday which is when I'm back in the office)? In case you don't still have it to hand, I've sent you my work email address via LJ message.

Aug. 13th, 2009 08:24 am (UTC)
Fantastic! I have got an up-to-date CV (just tweaked it slightly because I realised I'd missed out a couple of minor points), and I will e-mail that to you. Thanks!

I am happy to work anywhere in the country as long as it has reasonable travel connections, so I am pretty flexible... though I would prefer Gatwick or Reading if there ends up being any choice.
Aug. 13th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
I've sent an lengthy email to your gmail account and spoken to our recruitment people.

The one thing I forgot to mention in the email is that you should apply as soon as you can. We fill spaces on first-come first-served basis. If we get someone who's good enough, we don't wait to see if we can get someone better, we make an offer straight away.
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