Job websites - Psychology

  • Job websites - Psychology

Understanding Graduate Schemes

There isn’t a strict definition, but graduate schemes tend to be defined by the following criteria:

  • Operated by large organisations which are often household names e.g. Civil Service, NHS, PwC, GSK, BT
  • Fixed term – usually 18 months – 2 years. Most people are offered permanent jobs with the organisation at the end of the fixed term.
  • These are real jobs with some additional study/support elements.  Many operate a rotational system so that graduates spend some time working in different departments.
  • Well paid – they usually have better pay and benefits than other graduate options.
  • Competitive – when you read in the media c.80 people applying for every graduate job, it’s generally graduate schemes they are talking about.
  • Some organisations set entry requirements of 2.1 or above and some set UCAS requirements. There is also usually a long recruitment process.
  • Timeline – most (but not all) are open for applications in autumn and many (but not all) close by December.
  • Graduate schemes are not the only route to a graduate job! Most graduates find graduate level work outside of graduate schemes.

Find graduate schemes:

See also our list of Useful websites for job hunting.

Professional Psychology, Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner roles

Consumer-related fields: Advertising, Marketing, Market Research plus PR and Communications

General

  • Campaign Jobs
  • MediaWeekJobs
  • Many student and graduate jobs for Marketing and Market Research will be advertised on the main graduate websites.

Marketing

Market Research

Advertising

  • Adjobwall – entry level roles in advertising, media and communications
  • IPA

Public Relations & Communications

  • Student and graduate jobs aren’t always advertised through the main graduate websites, so look at the member directories for CIPR and PRCA and then individual company websites.  Speculative approaches work well in this industry.
  • CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) 
  • PR Week
  • PRCA (Public Relations Consultants Association)
  • Mediargh – entry level roles in media and communications

Professional Services e.g. Accountancy, Consultancy

Many student and graduate jobs will be advertised on the main graduate websites.  See also the websites of the big 4 (DeloitteEYKPMGPwC)

Human Resources

Social Work, Community Development and Youth Work

Government and public sector bodies

Police, Law and Criminal Justice

Social and Market Research

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