Job Posting Sites - Starting Out

General Job Market

Below we have listed links to resources that we think nicely weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of various job search engines and job boards around. What we would say is that it is absolutely worth getting yourself a professional LinkedIn if you haven't already.

Apprenticeships

Earn while you learn with an apprenticeship. This opportunity to re-skill would take between one and six years to complete, and can be with small and local or large and international organisations. There's no age limit so get stuck in now!

Degree Apprenticeships (Sponsored Degree Programmes)

Degree apprenticeships enable students to achieve a full bachelor's or master's degree while being contractually employed as an apprentice. They take between three and six years to complete and are offered by all sorts of organisations and their partnering universities. It is rare for there to be an age restriction but it may change the way in which you fund it, see The Scholarship Hub or our Further Education page for more information for those in the UK. All in all, with money, experience and a degree all rolled into one, seems like the ultimate life hack if you ask us!

Internships and Placements

An internship is temporary paid or unpaid work experience usually carried out by students and recent graduates. Often the requirement is that you are in your penultimate year of study, regardless of age! Internships usually last for two to six months. The focus is more on experience, transferable skills and exposure to an employer rather than a formal qualification or very job-specific skills. A formal work placement is where a student is placed in a company where they can learn skills relevant to their course of study. These are typically paid, up to a year long and are usually integrated into a 4 or 5 year university course. Many graduates convert their uni summer internships/ work placements into full time jobs so be sure to make a good impression when you get there! 

Graduate Schemes

A grad scheme is a work-based training programme that typically lasts between one and three years. It allows recent graduates to obtain practical experience with an organisation, accelerating them into the world of work. Often graduates get to rotate around different departments while receiving training, mentoring, and hands-on work experience. Some programmes include elements of further study and exams; learn more from Prospects. It is rare for graduate schemes to have age requirements but there is a chance that they will consider how long ago you graduated or how many years experience you have as Graduate Coach explains. 

Note that all of the above can be very competitive so if you don't get your first few (or dozen!), do not get discouraged, it will just take some time and a lot of effort but you'll get there. Give yourself the best chance by submitting a top quality application. Check out our CV/Resume Advice and Careers Service Advice sections.