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Katie Davies

Having worked in recruitment for almost 15 years, STEM Recruitment Consultant Mark Newland knows a thing or two about the competitive STEM job market.  

We caught up with him to find out more about the world of recruitment, what he loves most about his job and any tips he has for candidates applying for roles.

What kind of roles or sectors do you specialise in?

The vast majority of roles I recruit for are graduate/entry level positions for graduates studying engineering or Maths related subjects. Although, in previous roles I have worked on international vacancies from Junior to boardroom level.

What made you choose to specialise in engineering recruitment?

At STEM Graduates, each of our recruitment consultants focusses on a narrow range of degree subjects, this ensures that we are all subject experts and capable of providing valuable advice and support to our candidates and clients.

I was given the engineering desk when I first started in recruitment and it’s stuck! At a previous job, we were looking to develop an engineering team and I was given responsibility for the North West patch.

What does an average day look like for you?

My desk is client driven, therefore the majority of my day is focused on sourcing and screening graduate talent for the clients I am working with. These clients are often companies I have built excellent relationships with over the years and have successfully assisted in the past.


What do you love most about your job?

I really love finding people jobs. But I also enjoy solving problems that clients encounter when struggling to get a role filled. No matter what level you are recruiting for, finding someone a job can be life changing for that person and the people closest to that person. It is arguably even more significant at graduate level, as in some small way you are helping them carve out the beginnings of a career.

In turn, bringing a new person into a client’s business can be the difference between the success or failure of a project, it can help open doors that may have previously been beyond their reach and ultimately have an impact on the growth of a business. Having that kind of influence is very rewarding.

What can candidates expect when they apply for a role you are managing?

When I source and screen candidates, they can expect to be introduced to at least one relevant and suitable role. As previously stated, my desk is client driven, so I don’t work by calling candidates and qualifying them to add to a database. If I am speaking to a candidate, it’s because I am working on a 'live' role that matches their skillset and I want to introduce them to that opportunity.

Do you have any hints or tips for candidates when they are applying for roles?

Make sure you provide details of your academic grades on your CV. Detail your degree classification, list final year modules, detail final year projects and/or dissertation. But the important tip I could give would be to not apply for everything and anything, be targeted in your approach to applications. You should be passionate about that particular role and company.


What do you like to do in your spare time?

I run a lot because I cook a lot and eat a lot!

I love running, I only started running consistently 6 years ago but I wish I’d started sooner. It gives me some valuable thinking time, time to get things in order, reshuffle the pack. Cooking does the same really, the first thing I think about when I wake up is what I’m having for breakfast, lunch and tea. Recently, I have been trying to do more veggie dishes which has taken me out of my comfort zone. I have also learnt to bake bread which has been life changing!

Tell us a fun fact about you!

I have a phobia of squeaky balloons which means that birthday parties can be petrifying! My daughter has just turned 3 and she gets invited to loads of birthday parties, with lots of balloons. Needless to say, taking her to these parties isn't my favourite past time.


One past candidate described how Mark helped him secure a job -

“Mark helped me find my first job after university back in 2018. During the job seeking process, Mark helped me by regularly updating me on the progress of my application as well as giving tips on what to do for the job interview. He also managed to rearrange the interview due to personal circumstances. Since then, I have retained the job which I have now had for 2 and half years and enjoying every moment of it.

The job was a perfect fit for what I wanted to do, and I thank Mark for finding the right opportunity for me.”


If you’re currently looking for a graduate job within STEM, take a look at our job board and browse our live roles. Either apply online or give us a call on 0151 236 8000 to discuss any of the roles further.

Is your company looking for talented STEM Graduates to fill roles? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mark to discuss how he could help you find the perfect candidate. Give us a call on 0151 236 8000 or email Mark at markn@stemgraduates.co.uk.