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Graduate Schemes- are they the only option?

Worried that you’ve missed graduate scheme deadlines? Not sure if you want to do a graduate scheme right now anyway?

You will now always be a ‘graduate’ - so there’s always chance to take a year (or number of years) to do something else, and then apply for a graduate scheme later down the line (note that some schemes will require you to be a ‘recent’ graduate though, so do check on your preferred employer’s requirements). 

Organisations which run graduate schemes will likely also have ‘direct entry’ roles which might be right up your street – a good short term way in to a company whilst you build up your experience to apply for their grad scheme, or even a great role in its own right as a longer term career option.

Check out careers or jobs pages on a company’s website to see what roles you are eligible for by carefully considering the person specification and skill, experience and qualification criteria.  

Study job descriptions and company info to get a feel for the role, benefits and opportunities it might provide, and you might be pleasantly surprised! As an example, HMRC run their Tax Specialist Graduate Programme with a starting salary of circa £30k (outside of London), yet their direct entry ‘Officer’ and ‘Higher Officer’ roles still have a competitive starting salary of circa £25k and are less intensive than the graduate scheme route.  

If you would like any further information or support, please contact the Careers team.

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