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Researching vacancies online

There are many sources of graduate vacancies and we would encourage you to use several different ones to find your ideal role.

The sources below cover roles across a broad spectrum of career areas from advertising to telecommunications and are a great starting point. 

In some career areas there are specialist job boards and recruitment agencies that you should also investigate. Go to our Types of jobs pages and find sources of vacancies in your chosen area.

What is a graduate job?

Not sure what the difference is between a graduate job and a graduate training scheme? Read our quick guide and two case studies from recent graduates about how they found their roles.

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MyCareer vacancies - below is just a selection of career areas and live vacancies

The vacancies advertised on MyCareer are from graduate recruiters targeting Nottingham students and graduates. We advertise around 4000 graduate vacancies every year.

The vacancies cover 30+ career areas so login now to find your first graduate job!

Advertising, Marketing and PR
  • Marketing Officer
    Application closing date: 30 Aug 2019
    Location: Nottingham East Midlands United Kingdom
    We are looking to recruit a new Marketing Officer to cover 1 years maternity leave. The post is for three days a week. If you have marketing experience, an interest in the environment and would like to work for a not-for-profit this could be the role for you.
  • Ricardo Motorcycle Graduate Scheme
    Employer: RICARDO UK LTD
    Application closing date: 19 Nov 2019
    Location: Leicester East Midlands United Kingdom
    Ricardo Graduate Scheme: a 2-year accelerated development programme comprising of 4 rotations around the business, including the opportunity for international placements. Our scheme is accredited with the IMechE and the IET and we encourage progress to CEng/IEng; we provide a mentor and cover fees.
  • 2020 Summer Analyst - Finance
    Application closing date: 1 Mar 2020
    Location: London United Kingdom
    As a Summer Intern you will rotate through key areas of our Finance function to develop an insight into the responsibilities of a full-time Finance Analyst in areas such as Product Control, Regulatory Reporting, Financial Control, Cost Control and Valuations.
  • IBM Software Graduate role
    Employer: IBM
    Application closing date: 13 Sep 2019
    Location: Warwick, Manchester, Hursley, Portsmouth, Bedfont, Southbank West Midlands United Kingdom
    In this Graduate position you will work at the heart of IBM's software innovation and you could play a key role in many world-shaping, ground breaking technologies.
  • Paralegal
    Application closing date: 1 Oct 2019
    Location: Rotherham Yorkshire and the Humber United Kingdom
    Full Time Paralegal
  • Business Associate
    Employer: NEXT JUMP LTD.
    Application closing date: 31 Dec 2020
    Location: London United Kingdom
    Business Associate
    London, United Kingdom Full Time Business Entry Level
  • Analyst/Medical Writer
    Application closing date: 31 Jan 2020
    Location: Cambridge, Manchester, London East of England United Kingdom
    At Costello Medical, Analysts and Medical Writers work on projects involving the detailed analysis of data from clinical trials and the assimilation and creative presentation of this analysis in different formats including posters, slide sets, value dossiers, reports and peer-reviewed publications.

For more sectors and vacancies, go to MyCareer

Getting the most out of graduate job boards

What is a job board and how do I use them?

What is a jobs board?

Jobs boards are to recruitment what Ebay, Amazon and Etsy are to e-commerce. If you were an employer, would you rely on candidates visiting your careers webpage if you could reach thousands (if not millions) via a third party site?

Most jobs boards allow employers to post vacancies for free, but sponsored adverts appear higher in search results. This means that candidates who are prepared to venture beyond the first couple of pages are likely to be rewarded with some hidden gems.

How do I use them?

Some jobs boards are extremely broad in scope, while others focus narrowly on individual sectors or types of role (e.g. graduate schemes). Before diving in, identify up to three jobs boards that fit your job search requirements by visiting their websites and reading user reviews online. Any more than this and your job search will quickly start to feel like a chore.  

As with all online searching, you get out what you put in. It takes time to find the right combination of search terms, so give yourself freedom to experiment. If your initial searches return lots of vacancies, cut the list down by applying multiple filters (such as location, contract type, salary range). Keep a list of keywords that appear repeatedly in interesting job adverts and use them in various combinations to run more targeted searches.

Take some of the stress out of job hunting by allowing vacancies to come to you. Creating a free account with one of the big national jobs boards (for example Indeed, Glassdoor and TargetJobs - see below under national job boards) and downloading the app will enable you to view, save and apply for jobs wherever you are. You can also choose to receive daily or weekly alerts which suggest vacancies based on your search activity and application history.


National job boards


Regional job boards

Take a look at the  websites of universities in the area where you want to work as they may have information on the job market and vacancy sources.

Here are some starting points for graduate vacancies around the country.

North of England

North East Jobs

Yorkshire Graduates

South (South West, South East, London)


University of London Careers Group

Kent Opportunities

Grad Cornwall

Midlands and East of England

Graduate Advantage - West Midlands

Cambridge Science Park

Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales



MyJobScotland - public and third sectors - jobs in Scotland


Opportunities through recruitment agencies 

Using a recruitment agency

Recruitment agencies are a good source of vacancies. Some specialise in graduate recruitment, some in specific job areas and others offer a mix of vacancies. 

Before you use a recruitment agency, please read The Recruitment and Employment Confederation advice on  using an agency. You should not pay a fee for the services of an agency as they charge the employer.



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