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The Graduate 2011 - Event Video. Watch last year''s event here!


The Graduate is a mock recruitment event run by the West Yorkshire Branch of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and supported by many local and national companies. Find out more in our sponsors section.

The event is designed to give computing students (already graduated or still studying towards a degree) a chance to experience a real recruitment process without the pressure and stress of the real life environment!

As well as this experience you will gain invaluable, personal and constructive feedback on a range of recruitment aspects to include:


The Graduate event was set up to help address the lack of soft skills displayed by graduates. Many graduates complete university courses with good grades and yet still find they are unsuccessful in job applications due to a lack of soft skills.

This has been highlighted by many news articles and programmes. An article on explains why the The Graduate event was set up, and a recent article on gives a good example of the problems many companies are having when recruiting new graduates.

In 2011 “1 in 3 top companies left graduate jobs unfilled”. This is despite the fact there are on average “48 applications per graduate vacancy” and “One graduate in six now obtains a first… while almost half get a respectable 2:1”.

This shows that although graduate grades are improving and there are many applications for these posts, something is missing.

Chief executive of the AGR (Association of Graduate Recruiters) Carl Gilleard suggests that graduates need “transferable skills such as the ability to work in teams and communicate well”.

The skills being referred to are non-technical skills that include your ability to work well in a group with others, to present yourself in an effective manner, or simply just to network and get along with your colleagues. These skills are not always the sort of skills that are taught or picked up in an educational environment, but they make a massive difference when you begin to submit applications and attend assessment centres.


The event will be held in West Yorkshire, near Bradford. If travel costs are getting in the way don’t worry, send in your application and if you are successful in getting to the assessment centre we can help towards your travel costs.


Application Deadline: Monday 29th April 2013
Event: Monday 3rd June 2013

If you have any further questions please visit our FAQ page or contact a member of the team.