Graduate jobs

Students receiving careers advice

Read Graduate vacancies (PDF , 1,156kb) to understand the graduate job market including:

  • how and why to research jobs
  • where and when to look for vacancies
  • the difference between graduate recruitment schemes and direct entry vacancies
  • how to find graduate internships
  • the hidden job market (up to 70 per cent of jobs are not formally advertised)
  • how to use recruitment agencies

Check out the job hunting toolkit for help with when to apply, understanding job adverts and discovering what employers want from applicants.  For tips on finding jobs in specific sectors, check our job sector pages, Considering... information sheets, and Finding science jobs (PDF , 1,043kb) .

Did you know? Many graduates - in fact the majority - work for smaller businesses which make up over 99 per cent of all private sector companies in the UK. 

International students

With your Tier 4 visa you should have an additional four month period at the end of your course when you can work full time without any further immigration permission. Find out more about working in the UK and finding a job immediately after your studies.

If you’re thinking about doing work experience relating to your degree after your studies, you could research the options under the Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa, see our Tier 5 visa information‌ (login required).

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Search the full listing of graduate jobs via the Careers Gateway.


To advertise your graduate jobs, see our employer pages

Did you know...?

In Summer term 2019 we advertised:

  • 1,297 vacancies and other opportunities

7 things to do now

  1. Download and read Graduate vacancies (PDF , 1,156kb)
  2. Make sure you understand the difference between a grad scheme and a direct entry graduate job Recruitment graphic 2018 (PDF , 428kb)
  3. Update your profile in Careers Gateway to get vacancy alertsl
  4. Check deadlines for schemes and companies you are interested in
  5. See additional vacancy sources in the Job sector pages
  6. Check out the Job hunting toolkit to help you understand the process
  7. Make sure you know how to make a great application

If there is anything you don't understand about the graduate job market, come and talk to us. 

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Don't know what job you want?

  • Go to the get ideas section for help with generating job ideas.