With record numbers of graduates entering the job market and companies becoming ever more demanding in their expectations of prospective employees, experience is vital. Graduate Advantage (GA), which offers internships with local businesses across the West Midlands, has said gaining valuable experience is crucial to making candidates stand out from the crowd.
According to a survey of 282 graduates who did an internship through GA, nearly 80% are now in graduate level employment, proving that experience really can open the door to a successful career.
With the recovery from recession still uncertain and the West Midlands seeing one of the highest rates of unemployment, research has also suggested that there can be as many as 69 people chasing each graduate job. Graduate Tom Hyland had a two-month placement with The Stage Bus, a new concept for outdoor events with a stage set in a double-decker bus.
The company was established in 2006 by Andrew Teverson, who was looking for someone to help with the commercial side of the business including sales, marketing and bookings. Tom Hyland was offered the role of Communications Manager, following on from his degree and his experience in live music and events as an undergraduate.
His strong background in event tech and work as a freelance sound engineer enabled him to move into the role of Communications Manager following his two-month placement with The Stage Bus.
Andrew Teverson, Director of The Stage Bus, said: “Graduate Advantage has been central in providing fresh ideas and developing the business. It has allowed us to add enthusiastic and passionate members to the team, and we even have a graduate who has now taken a management position within the company. We want to say a big thank you to Graduate Advantage for their fantastic work throughout the process.”
During his internship Tom was able to deal with all the commercial aspects of the company as well as identify different markets that have helped keep the bus more active and increase the amount of enquiries and bookings coming through. This in turn has enabled the company to take on more graduate interns to assist in its business growth.