Where should you start your career? In focus: Brighton
An iconic city on England's South Coast, Brighton is the perfect place to start your career. With heaps of opportunities, a great nightlife and with easy access to and from London, any young professional would be happy to call Brighton, home.
Brighton is a great place to start your graduate job search. A recent survey revealed that nearly 42 percent of all employers interviewed planned to take on new employees within the next 12 months, and generally speaking, the local job market caters to graduates with a degree in technical and knowledge-intensive specialist areas, such as IT, health and life sciences, advanced engineering, and environmental technologies.
Over the past few years, Brighton has emerged as one of the UK's most important hotspots within the creative, new technologies, and telecommunications sectors. Graduate opportunities exist in sub-sectors like, music, visual and performing arts, photography, and digital media. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Brighton-based businesses are involved in these industries. More than 15,000 people are employed in the creative, digital, and information technology sectors, which are expected to grow by up to 16 percent by 2022.
It is also possible to find graduate jobs in the local tourism, retail, and hospitality sectors, which account for approximately 20 percent of all employment opportunities in Brighton. Jobs in Brighton command average starting salaries of £24,000.
If you need to get around Brighton, you will find that the city is well served by public transport. City buses run around the clock, including night services that operate between Brighton city centre, the marina, Lewes, Brighton station, and Hove. Single tickets start at £1.80 for short hops around the city and £2.40 for longer rides. However, it is more cost-effective to buy one of the saver tickets, which are available online and are valid for 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, and a full year. One-day saver tickets start at £4.20 and monthly passes range between £45 and £69. Bus companies in Brighton have recently launched an electronic smart card system known as The Key, which works out cheaper and is more secure than traditional paper tickets.
Since Brighton is mostly flat, getting around by bike is another option, especially considering that there are dedicated bike lines along some of the city's main thoroughfares, including The Drive, the waterfront, Grand Avenue, and Lewes Road. If you have your own vehicle you can apply for a resident parking permit, which will cost you between £95 and £125 / year.
It is everyone's dream to live in a beautiful Victorian home on Brighton beach, but high rental prices often mean that graduates end up renting a flat in other parts of the city. Affordable yet centrally located accommodation options are clustered around Hanover and Moulsecoomb. The Kemptown area is one of the most up-and-coming neighbourhoods in the city, and it is possible to find a two-bedroom flat within easy reach of the beach for about £1,000/month. Average rental prices in other parts of the city range between
£870 for suburban locations to £1,500 and above for one-bedroom flats along the seafront.
Dining & Entertainment
Brighton has been a popular tourist destination since the 19th century, which means that the leisure and entertainment industries are well developed throughout the city. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out, as over 400 Brighton restaurants serve everything from fine cuisine to organic goodies and pub grub. Brighton offers great value for money on seafood: make sure to check out the seafood stalls that serve quick lunches near Brighton pier. Preston Street and the areas near the train station have many options for mid-range meals.
On average, the cost of pint at a Brighton pub is £3.40, although it is possible to find cheaper deals at the pubs near the university and around North Laine. Entertainment areas are well-defined: head to Trafalgar Street, Hanover, or Kemptown for the best pub crawls, or check out Western Road, The Lanes, and Churchill Square for more refined venues.
Last but not least, there is no shortage of free activities in the city. Picnics on Brighton beach, visiting the workshops at the Artist Quarter or going for a walk at Stanmer Park are some of the most popular things to do – without spending a penny!