So, you’ve just finished uni, but what now? You could take a year out and travel the world, start your own business, but perhaps the most popular option would be to find a job. After at least 3 years of uni, you might finally want something to show for all that hard work and study. Then there's the question: what kind of job? More than likely the answer will be a graduate job, but what is a graduate job exactly, and what’s the difference between a graduate job and a graduate scheme? We’re here to help you by explaining things as simply as possible!
Graduate schemes let you progress quickly
in your chosen field. They consist of a training period, lasting anything from 1 year to 3 years, and involve a series of placements
. Often, you will be able to work within all sectors of the business, allowing you to decide which area you prefer. However, depending on the organisation, training can focus on a specific area. Employers use graduate schemes as a way of finding and recruiting future managers
. Being accepted on to a graduate scheme doesn't mean that you are guaranteed a job with the company afterwards, although this is often the case.
Most graduate schemes are offered by large organisations but you can also find opportunities within smaller organisations such as advertising agencies. The public sector is well represented by graduate schemes, unlike the non-profit sector where there are a lot less opportunities. Large companies offer graduate schemes within a wide range of sectors including Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, Finance, Business, retail, IT, advertising, healthcare and engineering, just to name a few.
Graduate Jobs v. Graduate Schemes
So, what's the difference between a graduate job and a graduate scheme?
Believe it or not, there's very little, if any, difference between a graduate job and a graduate scheme
. Smaller organisations are often interested in graduate talent but aren't always able to match the level of training provided by larger companies
. A lack of structured training and placement opportunities
are just some of the possible disadvantages of having a graduate job within a smaller organisation.
It is important to note that graduate jobs are advertised all year round, unlike graduate schemes.
Careers in fields such as journalism and publishing amongst others require work experience as well as a Bachelor's degree or Masters
. If graduate jobs/schemes don't interest you, there's also the option of starting your career in a non-graduate level role
and working your way up.
Hopefully this article has helped you understand graduate jobs and schemes a little better!
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