Job websites - Languages

  • Job websites - Languages

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 your 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






Banking & Finance

Banking Jobs UK – Banking related jobs board

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 

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:


Deloitte UK




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

Interpreting and Translating

The Chartered Institute of Linguists offers a Diploma in Translation and a Diploma in Public Service Interpreting.

The Institute of Translation & Interpreting - professional association for translators and interpreters in the UK

National Network for Interpreting for students to find out about careers in interpreting.

National Network for Translation

Association Internationale des Interpretes de Conference routes into Conference Interpreting

The European Commission has two separate language services, the Directorate-General for Translation and the Directorate-General for Interpretation These recruit staff independently of each other and according to different criteria.

Inbox Translation recruit freelance translators and interpreters

Translation Directorygateway for freelance translators and translation agencies. 

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

Human Resources


Some Short Courses 

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


Visit Britain  - offers travel advice, tourism statistics and job opportunities

Visit Scotland  - as above but for Scotland

Failte Ireland  - National Tourist Development Authority

Flight Centre Careers  - offer travel consultant opportunities suitable for graduates

Prospects Travel and Tourism