With so many opportunities on offer, selecting which ones to apply for can be a difficult process. Despite this, a handful of adverts will grab your attention and make you want to apply.

The same goes for if you’re offered a job; you’ll either accept or turn it down, but what fuels this decision?

  • Salary?
  • Progression?
  • Location?

One thing that more and more young job hunters are placing value on is company culture.

So, is this something that you should prioritise when looking for graduate jobs?

First things first, what does company culture refer to?

Well, it encompasses many things; a company’s ethos and values, the workplace environment and perks/benefits, to name but a few.

If you want to keep things super simple, if a business were a person, its culture would be the personality.

Bearing this in mind, why is it so important?


Happiness at work

Throughout your lifetime, you will spend a lot of time at work.

Choosing a job that is the right fit for you is essential as, hopefully, you’ll be in it for the long haul.

Company culture says a lot about a business and if the culture doesn’t fit with your own personality, it’s unlikely you’ll stay long.

Employee perks and benefits (such as flexible working, on-site gyms, company cars and generous holiday allowances) can help you to find the elusive work/life balance that so many are looking for.

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And if you’re happy at work, you’ll be happier outside of it, too!

It’s a win/win situation!


How to find the right company culture for you

To get yourself on the right track, try to find out the answers to these questions:

  • What is the company’s mission?
  • How do they treat their employees?
  • What is the workplace itself like?
  • Do you think that you will gel well with the team?
  • What will the company offer you in addition to your salary?

Doing your research

Some of these questions can be answered by doing a little research.

Take a look at the company’s website to find out about how they operate, their values and what it’s like to work for them.

You can use review sites such as Glassdoor or even Google reviews to see what previous employees think about a business.

If you’re invited to an interview, ask questions that will help you understand the company culture.

If you’re invited to the office for an interview, there’s nothing wrong with asking to have a look around or even to meet some of the team.

Deciding what’s important to you

When it comes to assessing perks and benefits, try to think practically.

What would really make a difference to your working life?

Yes, in-office ball pits are cool but how will this benefit you?

E.g. if you cycle to work, somewhere with bike lockers and on-site showers would be much better for you than an office with nap pods.

Now you know why company culture is so important and how to find out if an organisation is right for you.

It’s time to get out there and find your workplace happiness!


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