Finding the right practice for you

Even for an experienced vet, looking for a new job can be daunting but as a new graduate it can be even more overwhelming. Picking the most suitable practice out of a long list of 5-line adverts in the back of a magazine can seem like a real gamble, so it is important to know what you want from the job to help you pick out what will work best for you. I’ve moved jobs a couple of times since graduation, and I have learnt a lot of lessons about the process that I wish I had known at the start!

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Find your new graduate now, before they’re snapped up!

When I graduated in 2014, it was common to wait until after exams to start looking for our first jobs; but graduate recruitment patterns have changed dramatically over the past few years. 

I regularly go to university careers fairs and I love chatting to final year vet students about their university experience and their career aspirations. I’m constantly impressed by their enthusiasm for the profession and I’ve found that final year vet students are much more engaged with the process of selecting their first employer than I ever was! I think this is partly driven by more careers teaching and support at universities, but also helped by the current difficulty in recruiting experienced vets, leaving new graduates in high demand and so able to choose their first job carefully….

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