Opportunities for recent graduates are much the same as for final year students. You are still able to apply for ‘Graduate Schemes’. These are full time roles with companies that are specifically designed for graduates. These schemes are structured to include training and are centered around an intake of numerous graduates. Graduate Schemes are very competitive and are the standard pathway to working at a large employer.
For those who have already worked for a few years since graduating, you will usually apply for specific positions within the industry in which you have experience. It is possible to move to a different industry and some do indeed apply for Graduate Schemes again.
The graduate scheme application process is usually very comprehensive. Most graduate employers have lengthy application forms that require written answers to competency questions. In addition you are likely to face psychometric testing (most commonly numerical, verbal, non-verbal and situational judgement) as well as interviews, both in-house and on the phone, and assessment centres.
Providing you are able to pass all the stages of the application process you will be offered a graduate role. Most graduate employers require a minimum of a upper second (2.1) at degree level although some employers for specific roles will also accept candidates who may only achieve a lower second (2.2).As part of the schemes, if any post-graduate qualifications are required for specific roles, these will usually form part of the scheme. An example is ACA qualification for accounting roles.
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