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This year, more so than any other, the graduate job search will be intense. As businesses wrestle with the ongoing impact of COVID some will choose to put their graduate recruitment on hold. Others will still be looking to recruit the top talent for the future.

We’ll help you at every stage of the process. From deciding which jobs to apply for, to excelling at the assessment centre, to your first day on the job.

Why do I want a job on a graduate training scheme?

Most of the biggest businesses run specific graduate training programmes alongside their ordinary entry level recruitment. So there are at least two routes into a business or industry if you’re really keen on a specific career path in a specific company.

Some of the biggest recruiters have multiple different fields that they recruit into. Within on organisation there might be a grad scheme specific to finance, law, retail, HR or marketing. Or there might be a general management scheme that would allow you to get experience across multiple fields and decide where to specialise later.

Typically graduates that join a scheme, even if it is in a specific area such as finance, will do a number of “rotations” over 2-3 years. So for people just starting out in their career get an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a company and get a broad range of experience in a short space of time.

As I said at the start, many companies recruit for a graduate training programme as well as “normal” entry level intake. The benefits of being on the graduate scheme aren’t just rotations and exposure to various areas of the business. For graduates landing a place on one of the coveted schemes there are additional perks. Usually additional training is provided, mentors or sponsors to guide the graduate through the early part of their career and more exposure to more senior leadership than would otherwise be the case.

Add to that the financial incentive. Typically the starting salary for graduates on a training programme is £30,000. But it rises to £45,000 in some of the best companies. Businesses are putting their money where their mouth is to recruit the best graduates and set them up for long future careers.

What should I do to prepare?

As I said, 2020-21 is going to be one of the most intense years that we’ve seen for a long time in graduate recruitment. For the 2019-20 year the top employers reported a 10% average increase in applications (High Fliers’ The Graduate Market in 2020). In the last financial crisis graduate vacancies decreased by more than 20%. So we can expect the competition to be fierce for students expecting to graduate summer 2021.

With that in mind, preparation is key. And we’ve designed resources to help you along each step of the journey

  1. Work out what your skills & interests are and what sort of graduate job they would be suited to – workbook 1
  2. Ace the online application process – workbook 2
  3. Get set for the assessment centre (even if it’s virtual) – workbook 3
  4. Day 1 and beyond – workbook 4

If all of that wasn’t enough we also offer 1-2-1 coaching sessions to support you through whatever stage in the process you’re currently at. Maybe you need help deciding which skills to include in which section of the application form? You might need practice at a tough interview to hone your skills? Or maybe you need to run through your presentation and get some advice on the questions that might be asked. We can do all of that. With over 10 years management experience in a large business and over 3 years specifically recruiting graduates we can set you up for success in our 2.5 hour 1-2-1 coaching calls.