This festive season has seen plenty of activity on You might think that while students and graduates alike are migrating home for Christmas that finding a job is at the back of their mind. However, you would be wrong. The festive season is an excellent period to look for jobs, especially at graduate level. The reasons are many. As I wrote in another blog, graduates and students can look to use the festive break as a bit of respite after the first term, and before the third year finally bites. While, on the other hand, those who have graduated already might find the trip home that extra bit of impetus to get some applications sent off.

5. J. P. Morgan - Internship Programmes

graduate jobs J. P. Morgan have put these spectacular roles on to entice current students to dip their toes into the world of banking. To spend a summer with one of the world's biggest banks and see what it is like to work in this fast paced and dynamic environment. However the opportunities don't stop in just normal banking, J. P. Morgan are offering internships in a variety of areas and departments. Successful applicants could end up spending their summer getting to grips with Investment Banking, Asset Management or Human Resources, among many others.

4. E.ON - Commercial Graduate Schemes

E.ON have advertised several fantastic roles that are available at the company. These include Customer Operations Leadership, International Business Management, HR, Sales and Marketing, IT and Business Change, and Finance. These roles are brilliantly rewarding for those successful graduates that manage to make their way onto the scheme. Graduates will be helped along each day with the aid of a mentor who is usually a senior manager, who can help them achieve as much as they can at this global energy provider. All the schemes last 24 months and reward the graduate with a generous salary of £27,500 with benefits.

3. BT - Graduate Business Programmes

BT's Graduate Business Programmes have been in the #Hottestjobsintheworld top 5 for several weeks now. This immovable and highly attractive role is open for bright and talented graduates to get involved across the business and develop their skills in Project Management, Sales or Client Engagement. This role requires graduates to be determined, tenacious and driven, otherwise they will not be able to cope with the demanding and highly rewarding environment. BT want their applicants to demonstrate an awareness and passion for business and customers.

2. British Airways - Graduate Schemes

Finally deposed from the top spot, British Airways has to settle for second spot. This scheme has been reigning supreme for several weeks but at long last has been knocked off its perch. The scheme is an excellent all in career for graduates to start in. The roles are Leaders for Business, Finance, Engineering, Operational Research, Procurement, IT (Software Engineer & Infrastructure Engineer), HR, Commercial Analyst and Cargo. These all demand graduates have the minimum of a 2:1 and show a real aptitude and enthusiasm for their chosen career path.

...and the officially the #Hottestjobintheworld over the Festive period is...

1. Cross Country Trains - General Management Programme NEW!

This week's winner is Cross Country's General Management Programme! It has jumped straight to the top of the list, having never featured in the #Hottestjobsintheworld before. The role is based in Birmingham and requires the graduate to demonstrate a minimum of a 2:2 qualification with customer service or similar skills. Cross Country Trains, as part of the Arriva Group, look for graduates to really demonstrate a passion for the company and the work it undertakes. Over 18 months of the scheme, graduates are supported in their development, but may be asked to move away from the Birmingham base further down the line. By James Howell