Where can I look for jobs?
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:
Accounting and Consultancy
Key companies include the following. Some, but not all of these companies, participate in the annual Graduate Milkround.
Banking and Finance
- eFinancialCareers – Banking and finance related jobs board
- FinTRU – local company hiring graduates of any degree to work in finance
- Inside Careers - Banking & Investments - Banking and finance related jobs board
- State Street – international company hiring graduates locally to work in banking and finance
- Econ-jobs – vacancy board for economics jobs
- Dun & Bradstreet – an international private sector economic analysis group.
- The Supply Curve – vacancy board for economics jobs
Government and Public Sector bodies
- The NI Civil Service
- The UK Civil Service and the Civil Service Fast Stream
- DFID Department for International Development
- HMRC have a graduate programme
- HSC NI Graduate Scheme and NHS Graduate Management Scheme
- National Graduate Development Programme (ngdp) Graduate training scheme for management within local government
Consumer-related fields: Advertising, Marketing, Market Research plus PR and Communications
- Campaign Jobs
- Many student and graduate jobs for Marketing and Market Research will be advertised on the main graduate websites.
- Research jobfinder
- Market Research World
- Some big Market Research companies with graduate programmes and internships (GfK NOP, Ipsos MORI, Nielsen)
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