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Routes into work

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Nottingham graduates are highly successful in the job market. Your employment options include:

 

Graduate training schemes: fact file

What are they?

  • A structured period of training lasting between one and three years
  • There are general management scheme where you move around the business and then specialise
  • There are functional schemes where you specialise from day one, for example Human resources, IT and supply chain management
 

Who offers them?

  • Companies across a range of sectors including the public sector, accountancy, engineering, IT and telecommunications, retail and pharmaceuticals
 

Can postgraduate students apply for them?

  • Employers recruit both postgraduates and undergraduates. They don't differentiate between them either in their recruitment processes or in their salary offers.
  • Postgraduates need to use their experience to differentiate themselves from the competition. For example at taught postgraduate level highlight skills such as: dealing with complex issues and solving problems, delivering demanding work within tight deadlines, applying knowledge in original and creative ways, and designing, and undertaking short research projects
 

When and how to apply

  • Half of the UK's leading employers now recruit graduates all year round
  • For employers with a single deadline, most are either November or January
  • The recruitment process is likley to include an application form, psychometric tests, interviews and an assessment centre
 

Where to find vacancies

Attend out recruitment fairs and talk to recruiters directly

Search for vacancies on My Career

Find vacancies using our list of national and regional websites

  • Pick up graduate directories such as The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers (available from our offices)
  • Use the vacacies sources listed below under the direct entry route
 
 

Direct entry route: factfile

What is direct entry?

  • Often single vacancies with immediate starts
 

Who offers them?

  • Companies of any size and sector
  • Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) recruit significant numbers of graduates. These firms make up 99% of all UK private sector businesses
  • In some sectors SMEs dominate and so direct entry is the route in. For example within public relations, digital marketing and the environmental sector
 

How can postgraduate students demonstrate their specialist skills?

  • Convince the employer that you can ‘hit the ground running’ utilsing the additional confidence, experience and independent research skills gained through postgraduate study
  • For those with one or two years of work experience prior to their postgraduate studies, articulate the additional knowledge and skill-set gained from your course
 

When and how to apply

  • Apply after the spring vacation so you could start after your exams
  • The recruitment process is likely to include a CV or application form and an interview
 

Where to find vacancies

 
 

Graduate internships

Graduate internships are short-term periods of work experience typically between four and 12 months.

They help new or recent graduates to gain experience and develop their skills in a job or sector. They may lead to a permanent role with the organisation.

Internships are offered across a range of industries from advertising to scientific services.

Sources of vacancies

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

In Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), graduates are recruited to manage strategic projects within a company. KTP operate in over 3,000 organisations from micro-sized to large businesses.

The KTP graduate is supported by the expertise of a university or research organisation. Opportunities for  KTPs managed by the University are advertised in the Jobs section of the website.

You could be:

  • planning marketing communications for a media agency
  • researching the latest engineering techniques for an environmental company, or
  • undertaking geodemographic profiling for the NHS.
 

 

Careers and Employability Service

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