Reasons why you think you want a job vs. why you really do


You’ve just left university and, with a degree under your belt, it is time to think about your next steps. Of course, it is tempting to blast out applications to every company you can think of, especially if you can’t wait to finally pay off your overdraft and get some money in the bank. But let’s take a step back and unpick the reasons why you are applying for a job in the first place. 

Like many grads, you’ll probably be swayed by salaries, holiday allowances and perks. Or perhaps you’re looking for employers in the town or city where you went to uni or close to your parents. Then there is the lure of shiny offices filled with ping-pong tables, beanbags and games consoles. 

There is nothing wrong with making pay packets and bonuses your priority in a sales-driven sector like recruitment – as we said in our last blog, everyone likes to be rewarded for doing well!  

Lifestyle factors will always play a part in your decision too. Maybe you can’t immediately afford to rent your own place, so it makes sense to move back to your parents’ house at least until you’ve found your feet. 

If you’re thinking about a career in recruitment (and of course we’d recommend this as a great move), bear in mind there are more than 40,000 consultancies in the UK – and each one offers different experiences and opportunities. 

This is why it pays to do your research, particularly if you want to be exposed to the latest industry thinking, and put it into practice. Some recruitment firms are prehistoric in their approach, normally selling candidates’ skills to solve a specific problem. 

The more dynamic consultancies like ESA Group, on the other hand, take the time to understand their clients’ needs, positioning applicants as experts who can drive innovation. Their employees understand the sectors they work in and stay on top of new developments. 

At ESA Group, we think perks (and don’t worry, there are plenty!) are the icing on the cake of a good job. 

The reason many graduates ultimately stay in a job is because of the progression opportunities available, and what support they receive along the way. Just as nobody wants to get stuck in a rut, nor is it a good idea to move up the ranks too quickly without gaining the right level of knowledge and experience first.

So, by all means ask about salaries and holidays during a job interview – but don’t forget to probe your potential employer a little more to see if their values and management style will help you fulfil your career ambitions.  

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