Job websites - Education

  • Job websites - Education

Job Websites - Education

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. Civil Service or NHS.

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 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 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.

You’re unlikely to find many graduate schemes specifically mentioning a specific degree in their role titles but many are open to graduates of any degree discipline. 

Graduate schemes are not the only route to a graduate job! Most graduates find graduate level work outside of graduate schemes.

General graduate opportunities






Business, Consulting and Management

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 

Personnel Today

Top Consultant

Association for Project Management Jobs

Project Management Institute Job Board

Project Manager Jobs

Civil Service and Public Sector Roles

Civil Service Fast Stream, Civil Service Fast Stream Northern Ireland



Police Now

Prison Service

National Graduate Development Programme

National Health Service

Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland Training Schemes

Public Jobs

Criminal Justice, Law and Police


Victim Support Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Prison Service

The Youth Justice Agency

Cafcas (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (England and Wales)) have introduced a graduate scheme

Probation Bulletin - jobs board for probation work (England and Wales)

HM Prison Service 


Information, Research and Analysis

Centre for Effective Services (NI organisation connecting research, policy and practice to improve outcomes for communities, children and young people across the island of Ireland). They run a Graduate Intern Programme. jobs in higher and further education

Office for National Statistics

NatCen- National Centre for Social Research

Government Social Research service- apply through Civil Service Jobs (NI, GB) and the Civil Service Fast Stream, provides evidence to understand, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate government policies and services. They employ social researchers in all the main government departments as well as the devolved administrations and other government bodies. See their website for useful detail about careers and the application process

Social Research Association-'Careers in research' section and job alert facility

Government Social Research Service (GSR)- LARIA- Local Authorities Research & Intelligence Association- some vacancies

Hospitality and Events Management

Association of Event Organisers (AEO)

Campaign Jobs


Albany Appointments

ESP Recruitment

Live Recruitment

Berkeley Scott - hospitality recruitment consultants.

Jobs in Hotels

The Caterer


Hospitality Guild for jobs in universities.

The Caterer - magazine available in printed or electronic format on a subscription basis, contains jobs and covers the latest issues, trends and developments affecting the hospitality industry.

Websites of major hotel groups.

National and local press.

Association of Event Organisers (AEO)

Directory of Design Consultants

Marketing and Creative Handbook

Human Resources

Many student and graduate jobs will be advertised on the main graduate websites.  See also:

Personnel Today

People Management Jobs


4 Talent - also follow them on twitter@4Talent. 

BBC Academy - The BBC also offers a wide variety of four-week work experience placements in all areas of the business, detailed at BBC Work Experience and individual job vacancies across the organisation at BBC Careers.  Ariel - BBC staff email newsletter, available by subscription.


Betty - TV Production Company specialising in factual programmes. CVs are submitted to betty’s talent team via The Talent Manager – or alternatively freelancers can email

British Interactive Media Association (BIMA)


Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC)


Channel 4 Careers

Creative Access - an organisation aiming to provide young BMAE people with paid training opportunities in creative companies.

Creative SkillSet - The skills body for the creative industries. They have a Trainee Finder scheme to match individuals to placement opportunities; run meetup events (Open Doors) and host a professional online network for creatives (Hive)



DV Talent - a media services company behind the broadcast industry's central recruitment database (The Talent Manager)

Freemantle Media - TV Production Company. You can create an online profile which enables them to contact you if they have a position that may suit your skills and experience.

Guardian Jobs

Hold the Front Page

ITV Jobs



The Knowledge

Mama Youth Project - organisation to support young people in finding opportunities in media

Media Week

Latimer - Content producers

Pinewood television

Press Gazette

Princess Productions - CVs can be uploaded to Princess Productions via the database (Shine Talent

The Radio Academy

RDF Television - send your details to

Roundhouse - A life performance space with a variety of creative opportunities for young people


Sky Academy 

Viacom International Media Networks - 

Warner Brothers Television Production UK 

Some Short Courses 

How to Get into TV and Essential Skills for TV Researchers– both taught by established industry professionals 

Professional Psychology, Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner roles


HSC recruit

NHS Jobs – England and Wales

Psychologist appointments - (BPS) - the main source of Psychologist and Assistant Psychologist jobs. You must be a BPS member to view these vacancies. – jobs in psychology, mental health and therapy



Education Authority in Northern Ireland

Times Educational Supplement


NI JobFinder

Republic of Ireland and  

Tourism  - offers travel advice, tourism statistics and job opportunities  - as above but for Scotland  - National Tourist Development Authority  - offer travel consultant opportunities suitable for graduates

Prospects Travel and Tourism