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



Top 8 Tips for Disclosing a Disability from #Change100










1. Disclose because you want to. You’re under no legal obligation to disclose your disability but doing so may help you to get reasonable adjustments to enable you to fulfil your potential.

2. Disclose because it’s beneficial to you! Ask yourself, if I don’t disclose, and don’t ask for reasonable adjustments, will it affect my performance? Employers want to recruit the best talent from a level playing field, so let them know what you need.

3. During applications, use your disability to demonstrate skills you have developed through managing your condition, like resilience, initiative and problem-solving.

4. Often disclosing sooner is better, so employers have time to put in place reasonable adjustments for you.

5. Tell an employer what you need to overcome any barriers your disability may present. Employers care more about this than what those barriers are. (If you don’t know what reasonable adjustments you need at work, Change100 will help you find out!)

6. Avoid complicated medical terminology. Employers may not have specialist knowledge of your condition. Concentrate more on how it affects you, and what you need to overcome it.

7. Get experience! Learn how your disability affects you in work, develop your core competencies and discover what reasonable adjustments you need. (At Change100, we’ll provide you with this paid experience at a prestigious UK employer!)

8. Talk to your careers team about what reasonable adjustments may mean for you. Is it rest breaks? Screen-reader software? Flexible hours? Home working? Wheelchair access? Low-light levels in a room? Quiet spaces to withdraw to? Each person, even with the same condition can require different adjustments.

Got questions and want to learn more? There are online workshops on 12 December and 17 January. To learn more about employer perspectives of disability disclosure, have your questions answered and to learn more about Change100 internships, visit or click here to sign up!

Friday Featured Opportunity – O2 Graduate Schemes

Our Graduate development  offers you more…

We don’t just train our graduates to get to know our business. We inspire them to love it. Starting by offering you much more than you’d expect from a graduate programme. More chances to be flexible, to take your career path in the direction you want. More chances to get connected, not just with your fellow graduates but with the movers and shakers within our business. More chances to shape and deliver our services, for today and, crucially, for tomorrow. And more perks than you can shake a big stick at!

O2 (Telefonica) is recruiting now for the 2018 Graduate Intake. The deadline for applications is the 08.01.2018.


Our Graduate Schemes:

  • O2 Graduate Scheme – General Leadership
  • O2 Graduate Scheme – Technology
  • O2 Graduate Scheme – Finance

Find out more here.


Would you like feedback on your application before you send it to O2? Email

Change 100 – Open for applications now!


Change100 brings together the UK’s top employers and talented students and graduates to offer three months of paid work experience.

Change100 is for talented students and graduates with disabilities or long-term health conditions — including physical, visual or hearing impairments, mental health conditions and learning disabilities and difficulties like dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Since its launch in 2014, Change100 has partnered with over 90 employers across the UK to host interns including Barclays, the BBC, Skanska, Lloyds and Taylor Wimpey.

Website –

Online information sessions:

There are some online information and support sessions being held on Tuesday 12 December and Wednesday 17 January. Find out more here –

How to apply:

The deadline for applications to the scheme is 24 January 2018 at midday. More information for applicants can be found here –

Daiwa Scholarships 2018

The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement
and homestay in Japan, following a month of Japanese tuition in the UK.

Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential the
opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills and to access expertise and knowledge relevant
to their career goals.

No previous experience of Japan or Japanese is necessary.

Find out more here: DS-2018-flyer

The Daiwa Scholarship programme was established by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in 1991. Aimed at British graduates and future leaders in their fields, it was inspired by the belief that contact between young people would foster mutual understanding and support the long-term relationship between Britain and Japan. Since the programme began, 165 Scholars have benefited from the Scholarship. The Foundation will select up to six new Daiwa Scholars in April 2018.


Candidates must be:
· British citizens
· aged between 21 and 35 years of age as of 1 September 2018
Candidates should be:
· graduates (or due to graduate by September 2018) with a strong degree in any subject* or with a strong record of achievement in their field
· in possession of clear career objectives and a commitment to furthering UK-Japan links.09

*Graduates in Japanese language studies are not eligible to apply for Daiwa Scholarships but may wish to apply for support through the Foundation’s grant schemes or the Daiwa Scholarships in Japanese Studies.


Application Procedure
Apply online completing the application form available from In addition, candidates must supply three confidential reference letters in sealed envelopes by the application deadline.

Applications and references must reach the Foundation by Thursday 7 December 2017.

See PDF for more details: DS-2018-flyer

Using Good English In Your Job Applications


Here are a few English language pitfalls to be mindful of when you’re writing your CV and covering letter. 


An infinitive is the basic form of a verb, preceded by ‘to’ (egto live is to learn’). To ‘split’ an infinitive is stick a word between the ‘to’ and the verb. Although there’s actually nothing wrong with phrases like ‘to boldly go’, it’s advisable to go a little less boldly; some people despise split infinitives, and it’s never worth the risk of annoying someone.



We’ve all had cause to cringe at our own spelling at one time or another. Ideally you want to be doing the cringing before, not after, you’ve submitted your CV and covering letter.

One way to avoid spelling errors is to be vigilant for repeat offenders. According to a study conducted by the job advertisement site Adzuna, the top ten most commonly misspelled words on CVs are:

  1. Responsibility
  2. Liaise
  3. University
  4. Experience
  5. Speciality
  6. Communication
  7. Achievement
  8. Management
  9. Environment
  10. Successful


Me, Myself and I

In your CV and covering letter, you should use ‘myself’ only as the English language intended – that is, as a reflexive pronoun. Never say, ‘That was a challenge for myself and the team’; what you mean is, ‘That was a challenge for me and the team.’

Rosemary Proctor writes for Inspiring Interns, which helps career starters find the perfect job, in everything from sales jobs to marketing internships. To browse their graduate jobs London listings, visit their website.

Friday’s Featured Opportunity: Assistant Curator


Glasgow International Glasgow International is a unique visual art festival taking place over three extraordinary weeks in April and May 2018 and it happens in over 60 venues. More than 200 artists will participate next year, which will be our 8th edition. Our purpose is to celebrate, showcase and enhance Glasgow’s position as a leading international city for contemporary art and promote the city, and its artistic community, at home, nationally and internationally, as one of the UK and Europe’s most important festivals of contemporary art.

The role of Assistant Curator is a new post for GI and offers recent graduates, and exclusively those who received a maintenance grant during their study, with an incredible opportunity to start their career within a fast-paced, small and dynamic team. Should you be successful in your application, you will become an integral member of the GI team for a whole year. This role has been designed to offer an exciting entry into a career in contemporary visual art and to open out career opportunities as part of the company’s approach to equalities, diversity and inclusion.

Assistant Curator (year-long fixed-term paid placement)

Closing date: Midday, Thursday 16th November 2017

Interview date: Tuesday 21st November 2017

Term: 1 year fixed term (December 2017 – December 2018)

Salary: £17,095 (35 hours per week based on living wage £8.45 per hour)

Find out more by reading the application pack here: 241025_GI Assistant Curator_Jerwood Placement_JOB PACK Final