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How To Find A Graduate Scheme in Birmingham

11 March 2019
Zara Woodcock
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Many employers in Birmingham run graduate schemes across all sectors. The struggle is beginning the search and finding the right job for you.

The list is endless, so we have found some of the top graduate employers around the city. If you’re looking for graduate schemes or jobs elsewhere, have a look at our list of of top cities to find graduate jobs.

What Do Graduate Schemes Offer

Graduate schemes are long-term employment contracts which take graduates who just finished their studies into the working world. They are designed to train and provide worthwhile work experience, allowing graduates the chance to be a permanent part of the company or pave the way to a different job.

There are graduate schemes in every sector, including financing, architecture, PR, and journalism. These schemes allow graduates to experiment in different areas without having to jump in to one specified career immediately. Salaries are competitive, and many graduates find this the perfect opportunity to get into. A survey done by GraduateJobs found that 73 per cent of graduates preferred the idea of joining a graduate scheme.

How To Find A Graduate Scheme

Before you begin with job searching, you need to decide what career path you want to take. A lot of big companies provide graduates with graduate schemes. With a combination of training and work experience, these schemes are a great way to start building your career. Every scheme is different and some may focus on theoretical knowledge whilst others may be more practical. However, employers will keep you as part of their workforce for a set number of years, and you may have to pay off the employer if you wish to take on a different job before finishing the scheme.

What Are The Requirements For Graduate Schemes?

Every company will have different set requirements. However, there are still some basic things you will need in order to ensure a successful application.  Firstly, having good grades will enhance your chance of getting hired. A lot of employers look for graduates with a 2:1 or higher. If you don’t have that, don’t worry, having an impressive CV and confidence also helps. Our guide on CV writing may help you with the search process. Be prepared to talk about your grades. Try to emphasise your strengths in other areas. The best thing to do is research the exact companies and field you want to be part of and go from there. If you want to enter marketing, find out what their specific requirements are. From that, you should be able to work out what you will need to add to your personal statement.

What Are The Best Graduate Schemes?

There are many companies to choose from. We have created a list of some of the biggest companies to provide thousands of graduate schemes. Many small companies offer graduate schemes as well but are harder to find. The list is in no particular order and covers as many sectors as possible. 

Tips To Speed Up The Job Search

Looking for the perfect graduate scheme is time consuming, which is why we have many guides that will help speed up the process. We have put together a guide to help you prepare for a job interview.

If you’re a graduate and want to move away from Birmingham, we also have a guide on how to find a job in London.