Understanding Graduate Schemes
There isn’t a strict definition, but graduate schemes tend to be defined by the following criteria:
- Operated by large organisations e.g. GlaxoSmithKline, Civil Service, NHS, HSBC
- Fixed term – usually 18 months – 2 years. Most people are offered permanent jobs with the organisation at the end of the fixed term. Some roles offer 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 hear 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.
Where to find them:
- Science and Pharmaceuticals
- Chemical Engineering
- Energy Engineering - including oil, gas, nuclear and renewables
- Careers at CCFE – Culham Centre for Fusion Energy
- Earthworks Jobs
- Environment Job
- Fusion for Energy (European Unsion's undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy) "Traineeships" for graduates are typically advertised end of April/beginning of May.
- Green Jobs Online
- Just Engineers
- My Oil and Gas Career
- National Grid careers
- Nuclear Graduates
- Nuclear Sector Jobs
- Oil and Gas People
- The Engineer Jobs
- Top Engineer
- Medical Science
- There are a variety of posts available through the NHS Scientist Training Programme. A place on the STP offers a Clinical Science Masters in addition to relevant on the job training which results in you becoming a clinical scientist within the NHS. The programme for England and Wales usually opens recruitment in January. NI recruits directly through the HSC Recruit website, typically around May. Outside of the STP there are interesting vacancies in the health service for those students interested in medical science. Look through the NHS jobs websites for: Northern Ireland, England and Wales, Scotland
- HSE Ireland’s public health services