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Graduate jobs

Traditionally, a graduate job has meant a job or career path for which a degree is the required entry level qualification.

However, this is not always the case, as some graduate career paths evolve over time.

As there can't be one definition for graduate jobs, the kind of careers that graduates go on to do can be summarised under the following classifications:

  • traditional graduate job – established professions for which the route has historically been via a degree (eg medicine, law, secondary teaching)
  • modern graduate job – newer professions where an undergraduate degree became the normal route of entry around the last significant period of higher education expansion in the 1960s (eg primary teaching, management, IT)
  • new graduate job – new areas which are now being covered by undergraduate degrees (eg physiotherapy, management accounting, welfare work)
  • niche graduate job – occupations where the majority don't have degrees, but where there are specialist niche areas where post holders do tend to have them (eg leisure management, retail management).

Ways to secure a graduate role

Typically you'd enter via a graduate scheme or training programme or apply directly for entry-level role. Each has their own advantages and drawbacks.

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Schemes and training programmes

Many larger employers run annual graduate recruitment schemes and training programmes that offer established routes into their organisation.

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Direct job entry

Direct entry can sometimes be the best way to find a suitable position if you're interested in using specialist knowledge from your degree or postgraduate study.

Other options on offer

There are many other options after graduation including taking time out, starting your own business or pursuing further study.

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