Careers presents… Graduate Recruitment & Internship Festival

Responding to demand from employers and students, we’re pleased to announce our first Graduate Recruitment & Internship Festival. This will take place on 14 June 2019, the day before the RUSU Summer Ball in 3Sixty!

Come along to the recruitment zone in 3Sixty, get your CV checked, or try one of our helpful workshops. Our warm up act, the ‘Prepare for the Fair’ podcast, will help you prepare for the day.

With graduate roles for finalists and internships and placements for other years, and free entry, it’s one festival this summer that you really shouldn’t miss.

Here’s the line-up:

    • Over 30 organisations with live graduate, internship and placement vacancies, including Google, FDM Group, Splunk, Mondelez International and many more!
    • Careers Unplugged – our ‘support act’, featuring expert coaches from the Careers team, will provide you with CV reviews, careers advice and more. (If you want a CV review, remember to bring a copy with you!)
    • The Reading Internship Scheme – on hand to help you prepare for your internship. All our internships are paid, based in the Reading area, and available for 4 to 8 weeks over the Summer. Click here for the latest vacancies
    • Fringe careers workshops to take you from Graduate to Hired – including:
      • Finding Internships and Placements
      • Job hunting with recruitment agencies
      • Application essentials… and more.

      Please check My Jobs Online for the times and locations of workshops you’d like to attend.

    • Attendees will also receive a 10% discount from the Bagel Man (Cerealworks @ RUSU) on the day.


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What do graduates earn in popular entry-level roles?








This content was provided by Sophie Austin, Site Manager at


Deciding what to do after University can be tricky, especially if you’re unsure what kind of career might be your best fit. Some factors to consider when choosing a career path might be:

  • Hours (9 to 5, or shifts?)
  • Office-based or travelling?
  • Working closely with others, or more independently?
  • Expected earnings


The Office of National Statistics releases figures each year on the average salary for over 400 jobs, delving into the details on wage per hour, per year and the potential for bonuses.

We’ve rounded up the average salaries for some of the most popular graduate jobs, so you can get a flavour of what you could potentially earn in these roles.


1.  Marketing Assistant

Marketing assistants’ roles are varied and they’re great for the creatively minded, as well as those who enjoy data analysis, as a marketeer will often need to dig into things like web statistics. A career in marketing could also lead to a specialism in a certain area (e.g. search engine optimisation).

 What’s the average salary?

Marketing assistants earn an average of £22,149 full-time and £11,674 part time per year. At the top of the career ladder, marketing directors earn an average of £93,967 per year.

All marketing professionals captured in the ONS report showed a yearly salary increase of roughly 3%. Across all roles surveyed, there was an average of 3.6% difference between men’s salaries and women’s salaries.

The male/female split for marketing assistants is 36% men, 64% women.


2.  Teaching Assistant

Teaching assistants work in the classroom to provide support for teachers and students. As a teaching assistant you might work closely with a pupil that needs additional help, or you may work with a whole class to help them understand a task or project. If you’re considering a teaching career and are unsure about pursuing a PGCE, becoming a teaching assistant is a great way to get a feel for the profession.

What’s the average salary?

Full-time teaching assistants earn an average of £16,292 full-time and £10,190 part-time. Educational support assistants (e.g. laboratory technicians in schools) earn a similar wage: £16,217 full-time and £9,553 part-time.

Wages for teaching assistants are also on the rise, going up by 2.9% in the past year. It’s estimated that the gender pay-gap between men and women working as teaching assistants is 1%, which is significantly lower than the UK national average of 9.3%.

The male/female split of teaching assistants is 8% male, 92% female.


3.  Web Developer

If you’re studying a degree in ICT, programming, coding or software, becoming a junior web developer will give you the opportunity to develop applications, code and redesign web structures so they are better suited for their users.

What’s the average salary?

Web designers earn an average salary of £32,878 and junior web developers £26,000 per year. Unsurprisingly in this digital age, the salaries of junior and senior web developers are on the rise, increasing by roughly 1.7% year on year.

It’s estimated that the gender pay gap between men and women in these roles is 6.2%, which is below the national average of 9.3%.

The male/female split for roles in web development is 79% male, 21% female.


4.  Civil Service Fast Stream

The Civil Service Fast Stream teaches graduates the skills and knowledge required to move into senior leadership roles within the Civil Service. You’ll be placed in a department within the Civil Service and offered structured development.

Average salary: £28,000 starting salary. Once you’ve completed the scheme and are promoted, you will be earning on average between £45,000 and £55,000.

The male/female split for the civil service fast stream is 51.7% male, 48.3% female (in terms of successful applicants).


5.   Nursing

Nursing is a varied role that has a wealth of specialisations depending on your interests. 54% of nurses work in the NHS, compared with 37% in private and acute primary care.

Average salary: A nurse’s starting salary tends to be between £22,128 and £28,746 at Band 5 (not including a London supplement.) Throughout your career, the average salary for nurses is £32,388 full-time and £16,800 part-time

The gender pay gap for nurses in full-time work is 0%, which means that men and women earn the same per hour. Part-time the figure is slightly different, with women earning 2.1% less than men.

Male/Female Split: 14% male, 86% female


6.  Risk Analyst

A risk analyst looks at a company’s investment portfolio and analyses the risks involved in financial and commercial decisions. This role requires a high level of analytical skills, and often the risk analyst will make recommendations to limit the potential risk for their company.

Average salary: Junior risk analyst salaries start around £30,500 per year. After 3 to 5 years’ experience, salaries can increase to between £41,000 and £57,000 per year.  Senior Risk Analysts can earn an average of £87,000 per year.

The male/female split for risk analysts: 67% male, 33% female


7.  Bookkeeper/Payroll Manager/Accountancy Clerks

Bookkeepers are necessary to record and monitor a business’s financial health. Their role is to gather and record all the financial transactions (payments in and payments out), process invoices, and forecast and calculate profit and loss.

Average salary: Bookkeepers earn an average salary of £27,266 full-time and £11,693 part-time, which has increased an average of 4.1% year on year.  Bookkeepers often go on to become finance officers (£30,112 per year), financial managers (£66,868) or financial directors (£88,749).

It’s estimated that women are paid 9.7% less than men as bookkeepers, earning £12.00 per hour to a man’s £13.29 per hour.

The male/female split for bookkeeping roles is 33% male, 67% female.


8.  Events Co-ordinator

Becoming an events co-ordinator means you value (and are good at!) organisation and communication. Events co-ordinators can be involved at every level of the event planning process, from receiving enquiries to ensuring successful event delivery.

Average salary: An events co-ordinator starts on an average salary of £22,149. Once promoted, Conference and Events Managers earn an average salary of £30,875 per year. At the top of the ladder, Directors/Heads of Events earn an average salary between £50,000 and £70,000.

The gender pay gap is in women’s favour, possibly due to the higher proportion of women working in conferences and events. Women earn 6.5% more than men full-time.

The male/female split for events coordinators is: 36% male, 64% female


9.  Administrative Assistant

Working as an administrative assistant is a great gateway to a number of different industries. Most companies, regardless of size, rely on administrative assistants to ensure the day-to-day running of the business and to manage clerical duties, payroll, client interactions and front-of-house operations.

What’s the average salary?

Salaries in administration vary from industry by industry. The average salary across all industries for administrative assistants is £25,050 per year. NGO administrators earn an average of £27,250 and financial administrative assistants take home £26,067. If you continue your career in administration, business administrators can earn an average of £48,450 per year, which is nearly £13k above the UK average.

Administrative assistants have seen wages increase an average of 3.2% year on year. It’s estimated that the gender pay gap is 8.2% in favour of men.


10.  Scientific Laboratory Technician

Scientific laboratory technicians work with complex scientific equipment, often performing highly technical diagnostic tests that help scientists focus on the complex analytical processes involved with research. Technicians can work across a number of different scientific fields.

Average salary: Lab technicians start on a salary between £15,000 and £19,000. As you progress, the average salary is between £24,115 and £30,313 full-time. These wages are on the rise too, with scientific laboratory technicians seeing an increase of between 1.2 and 3.4% year on year.

Male/female split: 55% male, 45% female

Didn’t find your role? Check out the average salaries for more jobs, including director positions so you can plan your career trajectory.

Teacher Training Application Workshops




The Department for Education is running a series of Initial Teacher Training application workshops from April to June 2019. These events are tailored towards helping candidates create the best possible teacher training application.

What’s in it for me?
Each event will provide a presentation on the application process, including tips on using UCAS, personal statements and interviews. You’ll also have a 1-1 conversation with a Teacher Training Adviser, who can review your draft personal statement and advise you on how to create the best application that you can.

Where are the events happening?

South East

  • 30 April, 5.30 – 8 pm, Holiday Inn, Guildford
  • 21 May,  5.30 – 8pm, Oxford Town Hall


  • 06 April, 10 am – 12.30pm, Holiday Inn, Camden Lock
  • 04 May, 10 am – 12.30pm, DoubleTree by Hilton, West End
  • 22/06 – 10 am – 12.30pm, Clayton Hotel, Chiswick

To register for a workshop, please visit:

Legal work experience with the National Trust






The National Trust is a charity which looks after places of historic interest and natural beauty for ever, for everyone. The Trust owns over 775 miles of coast line, 250,000 hectares of countryside and 3620 listed buildings (including mansion houses, castles, farms, villages, holiday homes, pubs and a gold mine).

About the Legal Team
Managing all of this land and the commercial operations which go with it requires a lot of legal support. The Trust has a legal team of 17 lawyers (with particular specialisms in property law, commercial law and dispute resolution), five support staff and three volunteers. The team is involved in a wide variety of work, from buying new properties to commissioning new art, protecting the Trust’s brand to working with tenants, helping with nature conservation and dealing with the impact of major infrastructure projects (like HS2), and responding to consultations on legislative reform.

Work experience with the Legal Team

The Trust’s legal team is offering the chance to spend a week with them this summer. Successful applicants will get hands-on experience of the legal team’s work, as well as talks about specialist areas of law and the Trust’s activities.

Who should apply?
People who are keen to pursue a career in law, have an interest in charities and a passion for history and/or the natural environment.

When is it?
The placement week will run from 24 to 28 June 2019.

Where is it?
National Trust headquarters in Swindon, known as Heelis (postcode SN2 2NA). Successful applicants will need to arrange their own transport. Heelis is a 15 minute walk from Swindon train station or parking is available nearby at £1 a day.

Are there any requirements?
Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

How do I apply?
Download the National Trust Legal Team – work experience application form and submit by 28 April 2019. Please do not send a CV.

When will I know if I’ve been successful?
If there are a lot of applicants, the Legal Team may need to have telephone calls with some applicants or other types of further assessment before deciding who has been successful. We will let applicants know whether they have been successful by 22 May 2019.

What if I have questions?


The Company Secretary: a look at the specialised, six-figure route to the boardroom





(Plus – details for a related competition with a £1000 first prize, below)

For the long-term planners among us – you may be already weighing and researching career paths with good developmental opportunities, in terms of both salary and role. And if you’re not – I’d recommend reading on anyway, to get a taste of end-game career goals you can start planning for now.


Enter the Company Secretary


First – this is not secretarial work. It’s high-level management that will require graduates with a steady hand, thriving in high-pressure/high-reward roles. A specialised mixture of law and accounting, the Company Secretary…

  • …is the one who guides the decisions of the boardroom, ensuring that any decisions that gets made adhere to legal guidelines and requirements. Meaning they would be expected to stay up-to-date on legislation and regulation.
  • …is the go-between for shareholders and boardroom. You’ll be the one communicating boardroom decisions to the shareholders, and maintaining good personal relationships between the two entities. This means someone exceptional at maintaining professional relationships and equally skilled at maintaining information and communication flows.
  • …oversees daily administration including arranging board meetings, AGM’s, preparing agendas, taking minute, and maintain statutory books (all of which will be familiar to those already on a Student Committee).
  • …is the one developing (and overseeing) internal regulations and systems which ensure company compliance to legal requirements.


Given its proximity to the boardroom, working this role effectively means that you’re essentially on fast-track to high-level roles. If you have ambitions at board level, directorate or department heads, this would be an effective step to take. Alternatively – the wealth of operations and management speciality means you could easily strike out on your own, consulting on business advice, acting as company secretary for small companies, or working as a company formation agent.

Note also the job prospects – while only Public Limited Companies are legally required to appoint a company secretary, all private company will need advice on taking responsibility for compliance, and liaising with regulatory bodies. You could potentially get relevant work in everything from: accountancy and solicitors’ firms; banks and building societies; and charities and hospitals, all the way to educational institutions; employers’ cooperatives; housing associations; and local and central government.


As far as salary prospects go – this one depends on sector, company size, and organisation type. At the highest levels in FTSE 100 companies, company secretaries can expect six- figure salaries  with five-figure bonuses. The ICSA offers a useful table with company secretary salaries expectations, based on region.


Professional Requirements


This role requires considerable personal experience, plus further ICSA qualifications – and some graduates will target their work and careers with Company Secretary as long-term goal.

Degree type is irrelevant, and experience will be far more significant – that being said, accountancy and finance, business and management, and law are generally preferred, and may exempt you from some of the further qualification examinations you’ll need to take on the role. I’d recommend that you do your research carefully and look at job descriptions and requirements.


Want to learn more?


If you’re seriously interested in taking on the training and role, start your research now. This is not a role you’ll easily achieve without extensive preparation.

A fantastic way to start getting a glimpse into the challenges, dynamics, and operations of this role would be to participate in the Tom Morrison Essay Prize, which asks students, recent graduates, or early governance professionals to consider the implications of AI and tech advancements on the company secretary role.

Quite apart from the £1000 first prize (and £500 second prize), this would be an incredibly good analytical framework for research into the job-specifics of the role. Click here for a refresher on the University Library’s guide to effective essay writing (and Literature and Language Department students – remember, you have access to specialised essay advice. Speak to your Support Centre for further information).


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