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.
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.
Graduate vacancies for Nottingham students and graduates
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!
Graduate job boards
National job boards
Regional 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 (for example, 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. 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) 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.
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.