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Finalist? Don’t miss out, catch those opportunities now!

ClockIt’s the new academic year and for some this is the time to be bombarded with messages about courses, programmes, social activities, fairs, catching up with old friends and making new ones. But there’s one message that might be lost to you finalists out there, namely that the recruitment process for some of the graduate schemes you may wish to apply for are already well under way.

Some will have opened their application process, for example Teach First‘s Leadership Development Programme opened mid June, and they have started to sift and screen applicants. Others, like the Civil Service Fast Stream, have some programmes that have a closing date of mid October. The John Lewis Partnership announced a new graduate scheme with Waitrose last year which includes a post-graduate level qualification so is likely to be very popular. All of this means you need to be applying now or missing out.

It’s also important to note that, even if there is a while before the closing date or the advert states recruitment is ‘on-going’, it’s still vital that you apply early. Some of these graduate schemes are extremely competitive and a company may close its recruitment early if it receives a large number of applications.

So what can you do? To get ahead of the game you need to apply for graduate schemes early. Come along to this Final Year Fast Track event on Wednesday 9th October to find out about schemes and the application process. Choose from a variety of presentations on the day including ones aimed at mature students and aspiring teachers. Book here on CareerHub.

It’s impossible to list all the graduate schemes on here but there are plenty of places to start looking. Search on CareerHub, Milkround, TargetJobs and the Guardian for graduate schemes and start doing your research into the companies you are interested in to be prepared for the application. You can use sites like the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies or TargetJobs’ Employer Insights to do this and also come and visit us in the Careers and Placements Service to get help with your application, interview skills and assessment centre advice.

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The Careers and Placements Service is thrilled to be welcoming on campus a fantastic group of top employers looking to recruit graduates and placement students for their 2014/15 intake. A wide range of organisations will be exhibiting and looking to recruit from all sectors including business, creative arts, engineering, finance, healthcare, IT, and law, amongst others. Our employers will offer a brilliant opportunity to discuss what makes an application stand out for them, what they are searching for and advice on career options. A large number of vacancies/schemes being advertised at the Fair will have imminent deadlines so don’t miss your chance to get the inside track. Click the banner and book now!

photo credit: Junnn

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Jerome Price is an Employment and Placements Adviser in the Careers and Placements Service at the University of Hertfordshire

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