A position in a small business could be your fast track ticket to a senior role.
Choosing the right company to work for can be tricky: with hundreds of companies targeting students and graduates with ‘the best graduate scheme’ or their ‘award-winning placement programme’, it is easy to focus your job search on big companies where competition is fierce.
Although graduate schemes represent an important sector of the graduate job market, they are not the only companies who offer graduate level jobs. Small or Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) represent the fastest growing sector of the economy, with many of them offering exciting opportunities too!
What is an SME?
An SME is a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise, defined as employing fewer than 250 people. In 2017, 5.7 million SMEs were recorded in the UK, which means there are a lot of options out there!
SMEs are an important growth area for graduate recruitment. New and upcoming businesses tend to be SMEs and they cover almost all business sectors.
You can see the latest vacancies in small- to medium-sized companies on Aston Futures.
There are lots of reasons you should consider an SME as part of your job search:
Is an SME right for me?
To give you an insight into working life at an SME and show how graduates and SMEs can benefit each other, take a look at the video showcasing the SME Cohesion, a recruitment company in Birmingham.
Half of Cohesion's senior management team is made up of Aston Graduates. It's a small company with a vibrant office and relaxed atmosphere. Every year, Cohesion advertise their placement and graduate vacancies to Aston students and graduates, because they recognise the calibre of Aston students but also the massive potential impact new talent has on their small business.
At the company, placement students and graduates are given a lot of responsibility and have a big say on how the company operates.