National Careers Week: A look at where to look for graduate schemes

A huge bonus of being a graduate is that you can apply for a graduate scheme!

Graduate schemes are job roles created especially for graduates as an entry route in a number of career areas. They are often structured and available for 1-3 years to enable new graduates to get the experience you need before moving on with your career. Some are in a specific area of work and some give you the opportunity to rotate around different departments in a business so that you can try out a few different roles and see which one you like best.

They can be competitive to get into in some cases but recruiters are looking for a wide range of people to join their business so as long as you meet their entry requirements and are interested in the role you shouldn’t let this put you off applying.

There are many places to look for graduate schemes, here are some good places to start:

Sign up to Careers Connect for graduate schemes and updates on events and opportunities for University of Brighton students and graduates.

You can also use graduate search engines such as:

  • has a dedicated graduate schemes page with the latest vacancies and background information on graduate scheme recruitment.
  • Magnet includes graduate schemes and internships.
  • Milkround offers internships, placement and graduate jobs in a wide rage of sectors.
  • Prospects allows you to search for graduate schemes and sign up for alerts.
  • STEM GraduatesSTEM Women has opportunities for biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering (various disciplines), mathematics and physics graduates and other sciences.
  • Gradcracker is also a good site for STEM opportunities

LinkedIn is a professional networking site that enables you to follow companies you are interested in and get updates on their recruitment and other news. Employers often look for candidates on LinkedIn, so it is worth you updating your profile to signal you are open to work.

Further details are available on our Networking  page.

More about graduate schemes can be found at  Graduate schemes 2023 | and  Finding graduate jobs (

If you’re interested in a graduate scheme and want some help looking for the right one for you, or with making an application, make an appointment to speak to a Career Development Adviser using our online booking on Careers Connect.

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Dan Archer • 06/03/2023

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