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Online education provider FutureLearn has joined forces with Graduate Coach, the UK's leading graduate coaching company to launch a free online course for millions of UK graduates facing uncertain jobs landscape. ‘How To Get A Graduate Job’ is a 3-week long course that requires around two hours of weekly study, and has been designed to help graduates or soon-to-be graduates better understand the graduate recruitment process and prepare for the world of work. The course is free for learners to join now on the FutureLearn platform, and teaching will commence on Monday 27 July 2020.

The job application process for graduates can be complex and rigorous at the best of times, but the impact of the pandemic has made it even more competitive than previous years. Graduate Coach estimates that there are now around 2 million master’s and bachelor’s graduates currently without jobs, while the market for graduate job openings remains down by 77% according to recent data from Adzuna.

Chris Davies, Head Coach and Founder of Graduate Coach said: “I am really excited to be launching the world’s first ever complete online course on how to get a graduate job. Coaching for academic, sporting or artistic success is commonplace, yet getting coached for career success isn’t. Our aim is for this course to help tens of thousands turn their current feelings of hopelessness into hope.”

Justin Cooke, Chief Content and Partnerships Officer at FutureLearn said: “The graduate jobs market is currently facing one of its toughest periods. Not only are job openings down, but the average salary for graduate roles has also decreased by over 3% since last year. There has never been a more pressing need for accessible resources to help the UK’s young people navigate such a challenging landscape. That’s why we’re delighted to be partnering with Graduate Coach to deliver this timely course, which we hope will give graduates across the country the lifeline they need to launch and excel in their careers.”

This course will teach learners everything they need to know to demonstrate their employability skills and stand out from the crowd and to get the job they really want, including: how to identify their core skills and competencies; how to search for a suitable job; how to create strong CVs, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles; and how to become interview confident. The course is also useful for anyone who would like to bring their job-hunting skills up-to-date.

What topics will you cover?

This course will walk you through how to nail each stage of the graduate job application process.

Week 1 - Understanding yourself and the job market
  • Analysing the graduate job market.
  • Learning the importance of employability skills.
  • Identifying your skills and competencies.
  • Making informed career decisions such as determining which jobs are suitable for you.
Week 2 - How to master the job application process
  • Creating achievement-based CVs.
  • Crafting cover letters that will be read.
  • Optimising your LinkedIn profile.
  • Smart searching for graduate jobs online.
Week 3 - How to become interview confident
  • Online tests.
  • Phone and video interviews.
  • Assessment centres.
  • Face-to-face interviews. Conquering your nerves.
  • Understanding the difference between competency and strength-based interviews.
  • Understanding the need to interview more than once - practice makes perfect!
  • Interviewing for jobs you do not want.
  • Following up after interviews.
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