If you want to start a career in the professions right away you may want to consider doing a graduate work placement or an internship in your chosen profession.
They give graduates the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and experience while getting first hand experience of life in a real working environment.
What’s more, placement work is one of the best ways for graduates to improve their employability and begin a successful career in the professions.
Here we list useful sites to help you kick-start your search…
www.milkround.com - searchable schemes, advice, job searches and links to companies, most of whom are large, e.g. Barclays.
www.thegraduate.co.uk - schemes searchable by area with salaries shown and jobs categorised by sector and location.
TARGETjobs - guide to graduate careers.
www.grb.uk.com - Graduate Recruitment Bureau, includes section for Graduate Schemes.
http://jobs.guardian.co.uk/jobs/graduate/graduate-schemes/ - browse schemes and sort by location, salary etc.
www.just4graduates.net - job searches for positions suitable for graduates, which claims to have new jobs added each day. Can also monitor interest in your CV and help you get recognised for unadvertised jobs.
www.prospects.ac.uk - graduate job searches, advice about sectors and jobs.
www.thebigchoice.com - job search, including work placements, includes a list of top graduate recruiters with descriptions of each and the criteria for applying.
www.topemployers.co.uk/graduate-schemes.html - search by sector; results with details and descriptions of companies as well as actual vacancies.
Almost all recruitment agency websites have a ‘graduate’ section, allowing searches for vacancies by sector, location etc. Most of these, and the above sites, send email alerts with relevant information and placements/vacancies as set out in a personalised profile.
Here we list major companies and organisations which offer graduate schemes in the following sectors: Accountancy, Business, Engineering, Finance, HR, IT, Law, Not for Profit, PR/Advertising, Public sector, Retail and Teaching.
- British Energy
- E.on UK
- Mott MacDonald
- Rolls Royce
- Barclays/ Barclays Capital
- Bank of England
- BOC / The Linde Group
- Fidelity International
- Financial Services Authority
- Goldman Sachs
- JP Morgan
- Lloyds TSB
- Standard Bank
- Thomson Reuters
- Cancer Research
- Charity Works -partnership of charities, 2 year placement working for 3 major charities
These schemes often close early, so make sure you apply asap!
- AMV BBDO
- Delaney Lund - three week summer placement
- Leo Burnett - Grad Foundation
- McCann Erickson
- Armed Forces
- Audit Commission
- Civil Service
- DWP (Department for Work and Pensions)
- Foreign Office
- Government Finance
- HM Revenue and Customs
- National Graduate Development Programme - local government management training scheme
- Royal Mail
- UNESCO - Young Professional Programme
- UN - Internship Programme at Head Office in New York
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