GRADUATE SCHEMES In the world of graduate jobs you will often hear talk of Graduate Schemes, but what are these exactly and how do they differ to other graduate opportunities?
It is important to know the difference as this can have a significant impact on when you start applying for a graduate job and your awareness of the variety of opportunities out there, as well as identifying what you are best suited to. Graduate Schemes:
- Are offered by medium to large employers
- Are graduate recruitment programmes with multiple graduate vacancies
- Consist of structured programmes with formal and on the job training provided over a specific period of time (normally 1-2 years)
- Can attract large numbers of applications so it is a very competitive process
- Are advertised from September / October of your final year
- Have a set recruitment process consisting of a number of stages and these often include psychometric tests and assessment centres
- Generally offer a good level of remuneration (fair pay and benefits)
- Have set start dates between June and September each year
- Can often involve rotating around different business areas during your training period to get an insight into how the organisation works and to help you decide what to specialise in at the end of your training.
- Can sometimes require you to work in different locations during different parts of your training.
A graduate scheme could be a good option if you want:
- A structured training programme over a fixed period of time
- To work for a fairly big organisation
- To start at the same time as other new graduates
- The opportunity to work with other new graduates
- To secure some certainty during your final year
Graduate Schemes - Further information
Below is a list of just some of the Graduate Schemes available as well as some links to further information.
- Prospects - Further information about how to apply for Graduate Schemes and which schemes are available in your area.
- Grad Jobs - Schemes for students to bridge between university and the workplace.
- Milkround - A large selection of Graduate Schemes available across the country.
- Save the Student - Here's the full lowdown on where to look for graduate schemes, when to apply and how to give yourself the best chance of success by acing the application process!
- Enterprise Rent-a-Car - Graduate Management Trainee Jobs. Discover how we Grow our Own.
- Target Jobs - Graduate schemes and graduate training.
BUT graduate schemes aren't for everyone and some graduates make the mistake of thinking they are the only opportunities for new graduates.
- You might not be ready in the autumn term of your final year to start making applications, either because you don't yet know what you want to do or you haven't got enough experience to offer
- You may want to work for a smaller company
- You may be looking for the opportunity to develop responsibility quickly
- There may be a specific type of role you want that just isn't available on a graduate scheme
- You may want to work in a particular location that isn't available through a graduate scheme
- You may prefer a more relaxed recruitment process and a less streamlined approach
Alternative graduate opportunities can be found through industry specific jobsites, companies' own websites, social media (particularly LinkedIn and Twitter), networking (including word of mouth) and speculative applications - graduate opportunities can be found anywhere! If you would like help identifying the type of opportunity that is right for you and how to find it, contact us for advice.