Graduate Career Handbook

The graduate career handbook

Making the right career decision
Work experience can help you stand out from the crowd
Job hunting
Careers fairs
Job vacancies on the internet
Choosing an employer with the right culture
Equal opportunities - shattering the glass ceiling

What skills have you got to offer
Putting your personality to work
Evaluating potential employers
Making applications: responding to an advertised vacancy
Making applications: the creative job search
Building a brilliant CV
How to succeed at interview
Assessment centres

How stress fit are you?
Your contract of employment: clinch the deal!
Starting work
Managing your career

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Choosing an employer with the right culture and climate?

What is Organisational Culture?

Organisational culture within a particular organisation refers to the pattern of beliefs, attitudes and behaviours which influence how people work together. In many respects then, culture is one of the most important factors you need to consider in choosing an employer. Culture is a very powerful force at work inside organisations, something deliberately cultivated and passed on to incoming employees. A great deal of the selection process is intended to ensure you will fit in with and maintain the existing culture.

Your task is to cut through the rhetoric and the gloss to find out the true nature of the organisation you are thinking of joining. It is worth finding out as much as you can about culture. Many graduates end up very disappointed and unhappy in their first jobs. In many cases, there is a clear clash between their personal values and approach to work and those of the company they have joined.

So what is it really like to work here?

Organisational climate is how existing employees feel about the culture that has been created in their department or unit. It has been defined as a relatively persistent set of perceptions held by organisation members concerning the characteristics and quality of an organisational culture. Such perceptions can be measured for example by opinion surveys. The concept of climate invites you to ask questions about the prevailing atmosphere surrounding an organisation, to the level of morale, the strength of feelings, care and goodwill among members.

Characteristics of a Healthy Organisational Climate


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