For graduates, the secret to developing a successful career in south west England is often down to knowing where to look. Rely on the internet and you'll find your search results dominated by the big graduate job boards, all of which tend to be very London-centric.
But there are loads of brilliant opportunities out there. The beautiful, diverse south west is home to a host of graduate schemes, graduate level jobs and paid internships. Whether you're looking in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire or Wiltshire, our top ten list will help....
Our Top Ten Sites to Find Graduate Jobs in South West England
Obviously, we're going to put this first. As the graduate job board for the south west, we advertise thousands of graduate positions every year. Everything from graduate schemes with international companies to paid internships with start ups. And we even publish a Graduate Scheme Directory to help you see what's available.
Find a graduate job!
#2. South West Creative Jobs (Bristol Media)
Lots of freelance contracts and paid jobs in the creative industries, particularly in the Bristol area but sometimes further afield in Devon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
Visit South West Creative Jobs!
#3. TechSpark Jobs Board
Vacancies with companies and organisations in the technology sector in Bristol and Bath.
#4. Unlocking Potential
Unlocking Potential advertise a wealth of diverse graduate and professional jobs across Cornwall with a minimum salary of £16,000 per annum.
Visit Unlocking Potential!
#5. Devon Jobs
Run by Devon County Council, Devon Jobs advertises around 200 jobs at any one time. Most are with the council or in local schools and there a fair few from the not for profit sector.
Visit Devon Jobs!
Looking for a job in a university? Jobs.ac.uk hosts a huge range of university vacancies ranging from academic posts to management and support roles and studentships. Much easier than trawling all the university websites in turn!
#7. South West Science Parks
Science parks are often home to some of the most existing and innovative companies who use their websites to recruit including;
Exeter Science Park
Bristol & Bath Science Park
Plymouth Science Park
Unit DX Incubator (Bristol)
#8. South West Jobs
A service provided by South West Councils, South West Jobs advertises a wide range jobs mostly, but not exclusively, in the public sector.
Visit South West Jobs!
#9. Graduate Talent West
If you studied at UWE Bristol, Bath Spa University, the University of Gloucestershire, the University of Bristol or the University of Bath, you can access Graduate Talent West. Created in collaboration with Business West & the Bristol Chambers of Commerce, the service advertises jobs for students and graduates.
2019 Edit: Since the publication of this blog, Graduate Talent West is no longer operating.
Visit Graduate Talent West
#10. University Careers Services
Most university careers services host their own job boards although these tend to be open only to their own students and graduates. Simply visit the web pages of your university careers services to be pointed in the right direction
If you come across any other useful websites for graduates looking for work in the south west, drop us a line. If we love it, we'll add it to our list!
Good luck with your job search!
Charlotte & Deborah
Directors of Gradsouthwest and graduates who have needed to look for work in the south west!