We've all heard the saying 'time waits for no man', and ain't that the truth. Nor does it wait for any woman, child, or student. Time is relentless! Which is why I have been taking action against it this week, prepping myself up to beat the deadlines for the ever-coveted Graduate Scheme. Deadlines tend to settle around late November to late December the year before the placement actually starts; for a student like myself in their final year of a degree, now is the time to get down to business and apply for those 2014 vacancies. The best place to kick start your applications process is via a careers advisor. Every university has at least one of these, dedicated to giving you helpful and constructive advice. This morning I went to a CV Clinic, where I was shown how to re-arrange my current CV into a more professional format, and which things to add (or take out) which will benefit the overall presentation and reading of the document. Most, if not all universities, will have Careers Fairs and Employer Connect Fairs (as well as other variations), so you can start asking the big questions to the people who run graduate schemes, the people who might be checking through your very own application. However if all of this seems a little too advanced, then it might be best to take a step back and consider the initial stage; the Research Stage of applying for a Graduate Scheme. In my opinion, graduate schemes are the top post-degree option to look into. Unlike internships and placements, they tend to be paid, full-time opportunities for you to totally immerse yourself in a particular area of work. For example, I am interested in some Marketing Graduate Schemes. I really want to get a placement so I can get my foot in the door of the industry and learn as much as I can from being in a professional environment on a day to day basis. On this website you can search Graduate Schemes as well as internships, work experience and further qualifications for post-degree study. Even if you are not sure what you are looking for, just searching around might give you that point of inspiration, which will help you on your path towards choosing a career after university. However despite the many benefits of these schemes, they are not for everyone, so don't feel like they're the only option you have! Once again, careers advisors are great for this kind of stuff, they can chat to you about your interests, your qualifications, your strengths and weaknesses; and help you consider other potential routes to follow. For those sure about choosing a graduate scheme; I wish you the best of luck! Remember to boast about your skills and experiences, you have to make them want YOU above everyone else! By Anna Clarey