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2:29pm 10 Oct 2023

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?

Understanding the difference 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 offer:

  • Opportunities with medium to large employers
  • graduate recruitment programmes with multiple graduate vacancies
  • structured programmes with formal and on the job training provided over a specific period of time (normally 1-2 years)
  • large numbers of applications so it is a very competitive process
  • opportunities advertised from September / October of your final year
  • Set recruitment processes, consisting of a number of stages that often include psychometric tests and assessment centres
  • Good levels of pay and benefits
  • Start dates between June and September each year
  • Rotating opportunities 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.

For further information and to search for graduate schemes:

  • Prospects – Access numerous career and industry specific schemes and further advice  
  • Milkround – Search for graduate schemes and internships across all careers sectors
  • Graduate-jobs – Discover live graduate schemes and graduate level opportunities
  • Gradcracker – Promote STEM subject graduate schemes and opportunities
  • Save The Student – Provide details of graduates schemes by application date
  • The Job Crowd – Access top company guides and information as well as graduate jobs, case studies and reviews.
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