News, views, advice and blogs for graduates and recruiters from the Gradsouthwest team and guests.
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.
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…
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!
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Think you're too late to apply for a graduate scheme starting in September 2021?
Three fantastic schemes are now open and accepting applications from finalists and graduates across the south west - and beyond!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.