Job searching

Graduate schemes

Graduate schemes are time limited training programmes, usually between twelve and twenty-six months in length, which give you a thorough grounding in an organisation’s business and specialisms.

  • They are highly structured, with rotation across departments and training, possibly with qualifications incorporated.
  • Applications would traditionally be completed during your final year of university.
  • There is often a competitive and rigorous hiring process.
  • Benefits include competitive salaries and a fast track to more senior positions.

Graduate jobs and internships

There are a wide range of graduate level jobs available all year round.

  • These tend to be less structured than graduate schemes, with progression and training dictated more by your personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • The hiring process is less competitive, but still has various stages of recruitment.
  • Wages tend to be less competitive than graduate schemes.

Graduate jobs

Some useful sites for searching for graduate level work are:

Graduate internships

Graduate internships are short-term periods of work which usually leads to permanent employment, dependent on performance during this period.

  • They are a great opportunity to gain experience in a particular field and to gain transferrable skills.
  • Doing an internship can help to ease the transition from study into work.
  • They can also provide you with useful contacts for the future.

The following websites will help you get started:

The hidden job market

The 'hidden job market' refers to all the job opportunities that are not advertised on company or recruitment websites. Access this market with:


  • Make sure all your social media channels are consistent, professional and up to date.
  • Start connecting/following people and companies you admire.
  • Look out for events and places where you can meet and network with employers and other jobseekers, such as careers fairs and employer insight events.
  • Discuss job postings at organisations where your friends or acquaintances are currently employed.

Speculative applications

Proactively approach an employer to seek opportunities that may not be advertised.

  • This can be extremely powerful and shows passion and enthusiasm.
  • Fully tailor your letter to the organisation- do your research.
  • Approach it as if you were responding to a job ad, take it seriously.
  • Be reasonable and respectful and not too pushy.

Other sources

  • Check out CareerHub for up-to-date job vacancies
  • Wider job platforms such as CV Library     

Top tips

  • Build skills while you wait – look to upskilling whilst waiting for those employer responses.
  • Let the computer do the work for you – sign up to receive job alerts to be sent directly to you – Six tips on how to set up job alerts.
  • Be persistent but be patient!
  • Tailor your CV and cover letter to every single position you apply for.

Further support

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