At this time of year, you might be hearing a lot of people talking about graduate schemes; but what do you know about them? A graduate scheme is a structured programme that combines working and training, targeted at recent graduates. They allow graduates to experience many aspects of both the role and the organisation as … More What is a graduate scheme?
Now that graduation is over, many of you are no doubt thinking of your next steps into the workplace. While the structured graduate schemes of the big well-known companies can be a great option, you should also consider the opportunities available at small and medium-sized organisations, known as SMEs. According to Prospects, more than a … More Have you considered working in a small organisation?
The number of university leavers turning away from the larger, more traditional graduate employers in favour of working for a startup or SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) has noticeably increased over the past few years. Over 50% of recent graduates now say that they would rather work at a smaller company and it’s easy to … More Guest blog: How does a startup or SME’s hiring process differ to a Corporate’s?
While it may feel like the Holy Grail of graduation to have secured a trainee scheme with a Top 100 company, SMEs (small and medium enterprises – defined as companies that employ 250 people or less) make up a whopping 99% of UK private businesses, thus providing very real opportunities for graduates to start, and … More Why more graduates are (and should be) considering SMEs
You don’t have to be harbouring ideas of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg in order to be interested in enterprise. Most graduates actually end up working for SME’s (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), which includes start-ups. And the best way to figure out whether working for a start-up may be the career path for you is … More QConsult: Get experience working with a start-up
Often when I speak to students about looking for a job or work experience, they will mention applying to the large well-known companies. I can see why this happens so often: because you have heard of them you already know a bit about what they do and can easily find their website online. However these … More Big isn’t always best. Why you should think about working for a small company
While large organisations often dominate the graduate recruitment arena, small/medium businesses have a lot to offer graduates, including fast promotion, increased responsibility and a varied work load. This great piece from Guardian Careers explains why working for a smaller business can be a rewarding option for your career and why graduate schemes are not the … More Why small businesses offer big opportunities