Looking to apply for graduate roles and wondering, ‘when do graduate jobs start?’
UK jobs for graduates are available year-round, though there tends to be a larger volume of immediate start graduate jobs during the summer graduation season. Cyclical jobs like graduate schemes tend to open for applications months in advance of the start date, which is often September.
If you’re looking for graduate jobs with immediate start, it’s best to apply as you’re nearing graduation, or just after you have graduated to ensure you get first pick of the best career opportunities available.
If you’re hoping to join a graduate scheme, be proactive and enquire about when applications open. It’s also useful keep track of when you need to submit your application so that you don’t miss any graduate job deadlines. Competitive graduate jobs like graduate schemes can close early if there are lots of application, so it’s important to keep your CV updated and apply straight away. We recommend being open to applying for all kinds of graduate jobs, not just graduate schemes…sometimes graduate jobs can be better than graduate schemes.
When applying for any kind of graduate job, it’s important to be available to attend job interviews and assessment days, as well as being able to set time aside to complete required tasks and tests. Notice period allowing, it’s also important that you are available for the required start date – though this is usually somewhat flexible.
For more help with graduate job applications and tips on how to get graduate jobs in the UK, head over to our blog.