Tell us about unconventional ways of finding a job!
Many students come to Careers & Enterprise looking to apply for graduate schemes online, usually in the autumn term before they graduate. In my experience, graduates apply for these schemes for a number of reasons including:
- They are much talked about and well publicised through publications such as Target Jobs, Milkround and Prospects.
- They feel safe because they provide structured training opportunities lasting for 1 – 2 years. This means you are not expected to hit the ground running.
- They are often in companies that students have heard of and some people place great emphasis on reputation and branding.
- They are relatively well paid with a median starting salary of £30,000 (High Fliers report The Graduate Market on 2016).
The major downside to applying for graduate schemes is that most students apply to graduate schemes! It is therefore highly competitive with around 10% of students securing places. So what else can you do and where else can you apply if you have not secured one for this year? Read on for some suggestions…