With a university degree having evolved from a rare commodity to a qualification boasted by one in three today, job competition for graduates is fiercer than ever – which is where the concept of graduate career development has evolved.

Alexander Partners aims to help students in their final years at university, recently graduated or in their formative years at work to “build their career capital and employability”, says Ambroz Neil, the managing principal at the London consultancy.

It also works directly with firms such as ExxonMobil and DHL on talent management and will assess a handful of the best graduate employees a business claims to have to set a benchmark for what any given industry is looking for in its fresh young recruits.

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Written by Suzanne Locke