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Top grad schemes closing soon

November 27, 2014

If it’s your final year at university then the world is your oyster. Don’t let yourself get dragged down by tabloid scare-mongering, the opportunities out there are fantastic.\r\n\r\nSo fantastic in fact that we’ve outlined a tiny number of them here.\r\n\r\nWe didn’t have time to list all the top grad schemes – there’s well over 100 you know – but we thought that a run-down of some of the most popular schemes (closing soon) would be useful to all you career seekers.\r\n\r\nOf course, huge companies don’t always appeal to some grads, so be sure to check your university careers portal to catch opportunities at smaller organisations.\r\n

Network Rail – closing 29th December 2014

\r\nProgrammes: Engineering, finance, property, general management, project management, supply chain, technology, planning\r\n\r\nWhy work for them: Network Rail isn’t just about rail maintenance – the company own a vast property portfolio and require graduates across all of their divisions.\r\n\r\nTheir package is competitive with a starting salary of £26,500 and 28 days holiday (with the option to buy or sell days). You will also benefit from a host of other employee benefits such as heavily subsidised rail fares and a £2,000 joining bonus.\r\n\r\nSome sources claim the closing date is 31/12/14, but the above date is taken from Network Rail themselves so be safe and adhere to this one!\r\n

Jaguar Land Rover – closing 31st December 2014

\r\nProgrammes: Engineering (variety of paths), purchasing, HR, finance, marketing, sales and services, supply chain and logistics, IT, property.\r\n\r\nWhy work for them:\r\n\r\nExciting, luxurious and willing to invest heavily in their staff, Jaguar Land Rover is a beacon of excellence for engineering students. Of course, the company also appeals heavily to those who want to join a top scheme across other business sectors (e.g. HR) – JLR are committed to sustainability and expanding their global footprint.\r\n\r\nJaguar Land Rover offer a very competitive starting salary of £29,000 with a £2,000 joining bonus. There’s also a comprehensive tailored development plan offered to graduates and, naturally, this makes the scheme very attractive to ambitious students. Employees benefit from 26 holiday days’ per year and have the opportunity to make use of the onsite gym and facilities.\r\n\r\nThere’s also a privilege car purchase scheme!\r\n

Morrisons – Closing 1st January 2015

\r\nProgrammes: Retail, manufacturing, purchasing, HR, finance, marketing, supply chain, logistics, IT, Property.\r\n\r\nWhy work for them:\r\n\r\nThe Morrison’s key value can be described as ‘fresh’. Fresh food, fresh approaches and a vertically integrated structure. This basically means that they own their supply chain and therefore claim that their graduates benefit from more experience and more opportunities.\r\n\r\nSalaries are described as competitive with regular reviews based on performance. Morrisons also offer a profit share scheme too.\r\n

Cancer Research UK – Closing 4th January 2015

\r\nProgrammes: Fundraising, scientific strategy and funding, policy, HR, finance and IT.\r\n\r\nWhy work for them:\r\n\r\nThis needs no introduction, a career in the charity sector is considered a very meaningful route for talented graduates.\r\n\r\nThe two year program is split into four 6 month placements, making this scheme wonderful for graduates who would like to try a rotation scheme style of working. The salary is competitive at £24,000 per year.\r\n

Tesco – Closing 31st January 2015

\r\nProgrammes: Finance, property, supply chain, marketing, customer analysis, technology, personnel, digital retailing\r\n\r\nWhy work for them:\r\n\r\nThe chance to have an impact on a huge company – one which is part of daily life for many of us! – is a huge draw for graduates and school leavers. Tesco state that they’re looking for people with great ideas across all sectors. In a nutshell, go forth and influence!\r\n\r\nThe starting salary for graduates is between £26,000 and £30,000 per annum. Share options and career breaks are also available to staff.\r\n

John Lewis Partnership – Closing 3rd December 2014

\r\nProgrammes: Buying and merchandising, finance, managing, retailing\r\n\r\nWhy work for them: As most people know (it’s part of their marketing strategy) John Lewis and Waitrose work on a partnership scheme. This meant that in 2013, employees received a 17% bonus. The training scheme is also well-regarded when it comes to giving graduates high levels of responsibility. If you’re ambitious and like the idea of a profit share, then JLP is a strong, socially responsible option.\r\n\r\nEnjoy starting salaries of around £24,000 per year, an annual bonus, discount on purchases and 22 days’ holiday a year.\r\n

Practice

\r\nIf you’ve been asked to complete a situational judgement test, verbal test or numeracy test then we understand that this can be daunting. Especially if the last time you worked out compound interest was in a GCSE maths exam.\r\n\r\nUse these tools to practice and get an idea of what you can expect:\r\n\r\nhttp://www.prospects.ac.uk/interview_tips_psychometric_tests.htm\r\nhttp://www.cubiksonline.com/cubiks/practicetests/\r\nhttp://elearn.pwc.co.uk/psychometric/index.html\r\n\r\nOf course, every graduate has their own path and whether you’re based in the UK or overseas, international further study is an option we can help you with. Speak to one of our study abroad agents and tell us about your ambitions.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n