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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
  • Graduate Communications Associate
    Employer: ALPHASIGHTS
    Application closing date: 30 Sep 2019
    Location: London United Kingdom
    We’re looking for an ambitious and creative individual to join our fast-growing global communications team to help drive our internal communications, branding, and PR strategies forward.
  • Trainee SEN Teacher
    Employer: JIGSAW TRUST
    Application closing date: 19 Aug 2019
    Location: Cranleigh Surrey South East of England United Kingdom
    We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to help expand our team of dedicated teachers providing behaviourally based instruction (Applied Behaviour Analysis) to pupils' with autism spectrum disorder aged between 4 and 19 years old.
  • Covert Online Operators
    Employer: GCHQ
    Application closing date: 5 Aug 2019
    Location: Scarborough, Cheltenham North East England United Kingdom
    Are you interested in tackling criminal activity on the web in order to protect children from the darker side of the internet, preventing cyber-attacks, or frustrating groups attempting to radicalise individuals, or disrupting terrorist plots? If any of these things interest you, read on!
  • Data Scientist (AI/Machine Learning) - Google/Microsoft Partner
    Employer: OPTIMUM ROI
    Application closing date: 31 Aug 2019
    Location: Manchester North West England United Kingdom
    Exciting role for a Data Scientist in a hyper-growth AdTech startup, working on AI technology/ML algorithms used for the benefit of Sales Acceleration of client digital marketing budgets on the Google Ads, Microsoft Advertising and Facebook Ads platforms.
  • Immigration Advisor
    Employer: PARAGON LAW LTD
    Application closing date: 26 Jul 2019
    Location: Nottingham East Midlands United Kingdom
    We are looking for someone who can act as an ambassador of the firm with excellent interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work within a team.
  • Graduate Business Operations Management 2019
    Employer: ATOS
    Application closing date: 12 Aug 2019
    Location: UK Wide United Kingdom
    Atos delivers unique digital journeys. More than just a multinational digital services company, we are global problem solvers - applying deep technical understanding and strategic business acumen to produce innovative answers to our clients’ commercial challenges.
  • Associate or Senior Editor Nature Cell Biology
    Application closing date: 8 Aug 2019
    Location: London Greater London United Kingdom
    The successful candidate for this challenging and stimulating role will have a broad interest in science, excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills, and the ability to critically evaluate research submitted to the broad cell biological areas covered by the journal.

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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