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How to differentiate between different types of graduate jobs

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There is lots of terminology for graduate jobs. How do you work out what is the right path for you?

Firstly, it is good to understand the recruitment cycle. This article covers the basics: https://www.graduate-jobs.com/gco/Booklet/graduate-recruitment-calendar.jsp Although most big players in an industry have deadlines for graduate scheme applications closing by Christmas, there will still be grad schemes open during the spring term. The key is to know who you want to apply for and check their deadline and work to that.

At this time of year, be aware that graduate jobs may be looking for 2020 graduates to start in the coming months. Always double check job requirements to see if they are looking for a completed degree or expecting final years to apply. Do they say when the jobs would start? Just to make sure you are spending your time effectively.

There are various ways to look at graduate jobs; graduate schemes, graduate jobs or a job as a graduate. The jargon can be confusing. Target Job’s article provides advice on how to understand what type of role might suit you. https://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/career-planning/473800-what-is-a-graduate-job

There are graduate internships. These are short fixed term roles that benefit both employer and graduate. Find out more about what they are, their pros and cons and how to get the best out of them with an article by Graduate Recruitment Bureau, a well-established recruitment agency that was set up by one of our own alumnus Dan Hawes https://www.grb.uk.com/careers-advice/graduate-internships

A type of graduate job that people don’t always know about is Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). These are great roles where you work for a university delivering a strategic project in a business whilst getting additional professional development and training. Find out more on our webpages for how it works and read some case studies of previous graduates and their experiences. https://www.brighton.ac.uk/careers/looking-for-a-job/find-a-job/ktp/index.aspx

To find out how to approach your job search look here: https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/careers/2020/11/12/how-to-approach-job-hunting-get-organised-and-find-the-right-job-for-you/

Also have a look at Prospects article on how to find a job: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/getting-a-job/how-to-find-a-job

To discuss your job search or talk to someone about types of roles get in touch on careers@brighton.ac.uk to speak to one of our advisors.

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Katherine Whittaker • 19/11/2020


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