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
DFID Department for International Development
HMRC have a graduate programme
National Graduate Development Programme (ngdp) Graduate training scheme for management within local government
Civil Service and Public Sector Roles
Criminal Justice, Law and Police
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)
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.ac.uk- jobs in higher and further education
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
Hospitality and Events Management
Berkeley Scott - hospitality recruitment consultants.
Jobs.ac.uk 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.
Many student and graduate jobs will be advertised on the main graduate websites. See also:
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.
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)
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.
Mama Youth Project - organisation to support young people in finding opportunities in media
Latimer - Content producers
Roundhouse - A life performance space with a variety of creative opportunities for young people
Some Short Courses
Professional Psychology, Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner roles
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.
Psychminded.co.uk – jobs in psychology, mental health and therapy
www.visitbritain.com - offers travel advice, tourism statistics and job opportunities
www.visitscotland.com - as above but for Scotland
www.failteIreland.ie - National Tourist Development Authority
www.flightcentrecareers.co.uk - offer travel consultant opportunities suitable for graduates