Graduate schemes are the golden ticket. Excellent training, sometimes professional qualification, big companies, great experience, good starting wage, what more could you ask for? The usual run of graduate schemes is they open around September and close in around November or December. Companies then spend the first six months of the new year putting applicants through the mill to find the brightest and best. Once they've done this, the successful candidates will start in the September time. However, more and more big companies are moving away from the September to September application process and opening up all year round. Companies might find this easier to manage applications rather than taking a flurry all at once. Recruitment teams prefer the relaxed approach as applications are not as rushed and more likely impressive. On the other hand for the graduate, it's not waiting for September to roll around but being able to apply and begin the tortuous application proceedings. See our list of ten fantastic graduate schemes to apply for today. Also, check out our guide to graduate schemes here.
1. Enterprise Rent-a-Car - Management
Enterprise is one of the best companies for graduates to work for, as voted for by the Association of Graduate Recruiters in 2012. Enterprise Rent-a-Car graduate management scheme is designed to take graduates and train them in business, customer service, team leadership and marketing. The role is much more than renting cars and can lead to a fulfilling and dynamic career. Enterprise is a growing business and always requires graduates to come through. In candidates, they look for enthusiasm, teamwork, communication and a desire to succeed. If you've got the drive, find out more here.
2. MI5- The Security Service - Varied roles
MI5 are constantly employing with openings nearly all year round in a variety of roles. The security services can be an extremely rewarding and prestigious career for graduates. MI5 look for graduates to have a 2:2 or higher, be confident communicators and organised. The role is of vital importance to national security and graduates can feel real responsibility from early on. The scheme involves a two year training programme in either international counter terrorism, assessment, Northern Ireland related terrorism, counter intelligence (espionage) or cyber intelligence.
To learn more, take a look here.
3. Accenture - Varied roles
Accenture are a global technology services, outsourcing and consultancy management company. It specialises in developing business into highly tuned and successful organisations. Accenture offers placements such like technology solutions and consulting. These for graduates might seem daunting; however Accenture offers a superb training and great progression after. They look for graduates to have a 2:1 in any degree and AAB at A-level.
If this sounds like something you'd like to do, take a look here.
4. Explore Learning - Assistant Centre Director
Explore Learning was ranked 16th in the top 100 companies to work for by The Sunday Times. At Explore Learning graduates are taken in to juggle the operations of an Explore Learning centre. This combines teaching children during after school classes, while running the centre like a business. The teaching side includes monitoring a child's progress, areas of difficulty and ways to improve the child's learning. It also includes meeting with parents, organising workshops to be given in schools and improving the curriculum. The business side has graduates involved with marketing the centre, dealing with advertising, ensuring the centre is taking enough money and dealing with staff and staffing issues.
Explore Learning requires a 2:1 and a strong academic background since GCSE. They also look for candidates who can sell themselves and be confident. A vital thing that candidates need to provide however is evidence of working with children outside of family and friends.
If this is something you think you'd thrive in, apply here.
5. Majestic Wine Warehouse- Trainee Retail Management
Majestic Wine is not as closed off as you might think. You do not need to be Oz Clarke to get a job at Majestic; you just need to enthusiastic about learning about wine. Majestic Wine are a national wine wholesaler, they deal in wines from far and wide and must be able to convey the differences to customers. Majestic emphasise that they expect their trainees to get stuck in and be enthusiastic and friendly about everything they do. Similar to Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Majestic is growing and must take on new trainee managers. This also means the career ladder is there to be climbed.
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6. Capgemini - Varied roles
Capgemini, unlike traditional graduate schemes, have two intakes per year. They work across such a broad professional base they are able to take on many graduates per year. Despite this, they require a high standard of graduate, only a 2:1 or above. However, graduates are free to choose whether they want to work across six different fields. These are digital transformation and business analytics, finance transformation, operating model and performance improvement, programme and transformation management, supply chain, technology transformation and workforce and employee transformation.
If you'd like to find out more, look here.
7. IBM - Varied Roles
IBM is a multinational computing and technology company which aims to create a smarter planet. Graduates, if successful when applying for IBM, go on to work on real projects with responsibility. They can work across three broad sectors of consulting, business and technology. They require that you have a 2:1 in any degree for the business side; IT qualifications are required for the technological roles.
To find out more about what IBM can offer graduates, take a look here.
8. Herbert Smith Freehills - Varied Roles
Herbert Smith Freehills is a global legal practice with opportunities for graduates to get involved with a variety of fields. Herbert Smith Freehills requires the absolute best and offers much if you can cut it. The graduate/trainee scheme can be crucial to personal development as a lawyer and be a sure way to continue up the legal ladder. Opportunities in Herbert Smith Freehills could have you working in finance, real estate, employment, pensions and incentives, competition and regulation and trade, and such specialist areas as IP, tax and advocacy.
For more information, see here.
9. Decathlon - Graduate retail management scheme
Decathlon offers a 'retail adventure' for its successful applicants. While some graduate schemes ask for internships and experience, Decathlon wants its store managers to be sportsmen and women. Combining people's love of all sports and tapping into their competitive nature, the fast track graduate programme allows successful graduates to pursue their career like Olympic gold.
To find out the details of training and to see if you've got what it takes, look here.
10. Balfour Beatty - Varied roles
Balfour Beatty is a global construction firm. Its list of buildings includes the Olympic Aquatic Centre, Kings Cross station revamp, the Channel Tunnel, Blackfriars Station and the United States Capitol Visitor Centre, plus many more. They have opportunities in transportation planning, environmental-related, facilities/services management, human resources, health, safety and environmental, management, finance and bid management. Balfour Beatty require anything from a 2:2 and upwards.
To find out more and see if this is the career for you see here.