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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, NHS, Deloitte, HSBC
  • 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 History and Anthropology 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

Accountancy, Banking, Finance, Management Consultancy and Technology Consultancy

Banking & Finance

Accounting, Management and Technology Consultancy
Some international companies hiring graduates of any degree discipline to work in a range of areas including Accounting, business consultancy and technology consultancy:

Business, Consulting and Management

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

Human Resources

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


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


Market Research


  • 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


Some Short Courses 

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