Don’t just look at graduate training schemes

Research (September 2013) from found that:

  • UK job seekers are unaware of or turned off the potential of a career at a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) firm, with 28% saying that they had not considered working for one
  • Just over half (51%) of respondents believed there is less opportunity for career progression with such firms
  • Roughly a third (34%) believed SMEs were a less desirable option as they offered lower salaries, but the same number believed that the culture would be better at an SME compared to a larger company

John Salt, website director of, says: ‘Our research shows a perception among jobseekers that larger companies offer better career progression and salaries. In fact, the opposite is often the case; employees are more likely to be noticed in a SME and rewarded with promotions and pay rises, whereas it’s easier to be overlooked at larger companies.’

If you feel that you would prefer to work for an SME take a look at the opportunities on the PCC Jobs Board.  You’re also welcome to come in and talk to a PCC Careers Consultant about your job search and get your CV reviewed.

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