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Preparing for Success

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Entering the job market as a recent graduate can be a daunting experience. One option that can provide you with structured career development and valuable experience is a graduate scheme. Graduate schemes, also known as graduate programmes or entry-level programs, are offered by a wide range of organisations, from large corporations to government agencies and nonprofit organisations. They typically provide graduates with a combination of on-the-job training, professional development, and mentorship opportunities. With graduate schemes now starting to open, we'll guide you through the steps to prepare for applying.

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  • First Day Nerves – And How To Combat Them

    First Day Nerves – And How To Combat Them

    Wednesday, September 29, 2021

    You’ve been to the interview, got the job and you’re starting tomorrow. Feeling nervous? Here’s how to cope…

  • Join the Low Carbon Internship and Leadership Programme!

    Join the Low Carbon Internship and Leadership Programme!

    Wednesday, August 18, 2021

    Applications to join the Low Carbon Devon Internship and Leadership Programme are invited from students or recent graduates of the University of Plymouth.
    Are you interested in applying your knowledge and skills to help tackle climate change? Then this is for you!

  • Latest Graduate Schemes

    Latest Graduate Schemes

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    Think you're too late to apply for a graduate scheme starting in September 2021?

    Think again!

    Three fantastic schemes are now open and accepting applications from finalists and graduates across the south west - and beyond!

  • Opportunities for STEM Graduates

    Opportunities for STEM Graduates

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    Are you a STEM graduate?
    The STEM Graduates into Business project works with Devon SMEs to offer paid graduate internships. It's a great way to develop experience so register your interest now!

  • Start a Career in the IT or Cyber Sector

    Start a Career in the IT or Cyber Sector

    Monday, December 14, 2020

    Live in Devon or Somerset and interested in a career in IT? A new programme, funded by the Department for Education, is offering free training to build your confidence and industry skills to find that next exciting role in the new digital economy.

  • Forget the Gloom - Recruiters are Hiring!

    Forget the Gloom - Recruiters are Hiring!

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020

    With the media awash with gloomy predictions for graduates, you probably believe that things look bleak for your graduate career. Negative headlines have prompted many graduates to delay their entry into an uncertain job market with postgraduate study. Others have given up altogether.

    But things are not as desperate as they may seem. Things are undoubtedly tougher than in previous years, but we have consistently had jobs and seen a genuine resurgence of vacancies during November. Ironically, some companies are now funding it hard to recruit because candidates have been put off even looking.

  • The 5 Big Mistakes Candidates Make

    The 5 Big Mistakes Candidates Make

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020

    If you’re looking for a job, you want to stand out as an exemplary candidate. There are loads of different ways to do this be it an incredible CV, outstanding work experience or a fantastic academic record.

    But all of this will be irrelevant if you make one or more of the mistakes below. Sadly, in our experience, lots of candidates do. It’s probably done unwittingly but can have a huge impact on career opportunities - and not just at entry level.

  • Four Reasons Why You Should Write A Covering Letter

    Four Reasons Why You Should Write A Covering Letter

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020

    Four reasons why you should take the time to write a covering letter every time you apply for a job by CV.

  • Which Sectors are Least Impacted by COVID-19?

    Which Sectors are Least Impacted by COVID-19?

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

    As we start to return to some form of normality, it is important to look at the economy and how different sectors have been impacted by the pandemic. Graduates looking to enter the workforce are feeling disheartened by the reduction of jobs out there, but there are sectors who are still hiring and have actually seen a demand for more staff from COVID-19.

  • Working in South West England

    Working in South West England

    Thursday, July 16, 2020

    Taken from our webinar with the University of Exeter about working in south west England, our slides tell you what you need to know to get a graduate job here.