Recruitment consultant roles are generally open to graduates regardless of degree subject. Employers typically value drive, experience, skills and abilities as well as the determination to succeed over specific qualifications. Applying to an agency that specialises in a market or industry related to your degree subject, for example IT or engineering, may increase your chances.
Entry with an HND or foundation degree is possible. Entry without a degree is possible for those with relevant experience, skills and abilities.
Postgraduate study is not essential. You may find that relevant experience and skills are more useful.
You will need to show evidence of the following:
excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
sales and negotiation skills;
a goal-orientated approach to work;
the ability to handle multiple priorities;
the ability to meet deadlines and targets;
ambition and the determination to succeed;
confidence and self-motivation;
time management and organisational skills;
You must also enjoy working in a high-pressure environment and the responsibility that comes with it.
Work experience in sales, marketing or any customer-oriented role is useful for starting a career in the recruitment industry. Active membership of student societies may also help you provide evidence that you have the necessary skills.
Recruitment consultancies will often accept applications from those without recruitment industry experience as long as they demonstrate the right combination of skills and personal qualities.