Graduate Schemes – Apply now for September 2018

One for our final year undergraduate and postgraduate students:

As we wind down for the winter holidays it can be tempting to switch off for the next few weeks. It is of course important to take a well earned rest (yes, even if you have January deadlines!) and enjoy the holidays. However, we would suggest taking a bit of time to consider your next steps.


Why do I have to think about this now?

One of the opportunities open to you now are graduate schemes that start in September 2018. Many of these schemes have deadlines in January 2018. So if you don’t take some time to look at what is available now, you won’t be able to apply until next year.


What is a graduate scheme?

A graduate scheme is a structured training programme ran by an employer to develop future leaders of their organisation.

These graduate schemes, which usually last between one and two years, are often available in a number of specialisms – or streams as they’re known – ranging from finance, retail, HR and marketing, to management and law.

As a trainee, you’ll benefit from being handed responsibility from the outset, an opportunity to gain real hands-on experience and develop a broad understanding of your chosen profession, as well as support in building key skills.

The information in this section is from the Prospects website. Find out more here.


What’s the average graduate salary for my degree?

The current average graduate salary in the UK is around £23,000, but they vary a lot. Click on this link to find out more.


Are there any schemes relevant to my degree course?

Many graduate schemes are open to application by graduates of any degree discipline and are a great opportunity to spend time developing a range of transferable skills.

Some schemes are focused at specific course areas; we suggest checking the entry criteria before you apply.

Please see the list of opportunities below (click on the links to find out more).


Creative Arts Opportunities

Publishing Editor

Ford Design Graduate Scheme

Fundraising Training Programme

Graduate Digital Consultant – Graphic Web/UX Designer

Ubisoft Graduate Scheme


Communications and Marketing Opportunities

Journalism Programme

Communications Consultant Trainee

Graduate Trainee (Communications and Marketing)

Ford Marketing and Sales Scheme



Teach First Leadership Development Programme

Assistant Director



Intelligence Officer Development Programme – MI5

PC Graduate Scheme

Unlocked (Prison Officer) Graduate Programme


Leadership, Management and Business

Commercial Graduate Scheme 2018

Ford Graduate Opportunities

Business Operations Management Graduate Programme

Graduate programme for aspiring leaders


Search for more graduate schemes on the Prospects website –

Or on our UoC Jobshop –


Graduate Scheme Deadlines – 2018

You can find an extensive list of graduate schemes and their application deadlines here.

There are over 300 graduate schemes listed at the link above, many of which take on multiple graduates. Don’t miss out on these fantastic opportunities!


If you would like support with your applications please contact

Please be aware that we are closed for the winter break from 5pm Friday 22 December to 9am Tuesday 2 January.

Careers and Employability Service