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Management and business services

This section covers a wide range of roles across the private, public and charity sectors. Some positions are in-house others may be brought in on a consultancy or freelance basis.

  • Management consultants External experts called in to look at a problem and suggest solutions. Usually open to any discipline but strong analytical and communication skills are essential. Business analysts and commercial management roles use similar skills but are in-house with the aim of developing the business.
  • Economics & data analysis roles. Jobs that require analytical or economics skills and knowledge, often to forcast trends for business, political or regulatory purposes.
  • Social and statistical research Producing and analysing data. Opportunities in the public and private sectors, in-house and in specialist consultancies.
  • Administration Opportunities in government, public, private and not for profit sectors. Although administration is seen by some as an entry route, previous experience is often essential.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Roles which help organisations conduct their activity in an ethical manner. Roles exist in many different guises or may even be self-employed in a social enterprise. Open to graduates of any discipline.
  • Political risk analysis and consultancy

Graduate management training schemes

Many large graduate recruiters have a general management training scheme which allows graduates to experience several placements in different management areas of the business typically over two years, eg sales, marketing, finance, human resources, retail. This enables a rounded understanding of the business, after which graduates can specialise when an opportunity is available in their preferred department. Some organisations offer specialised management training schemes for which you apply directly to one of the above areas from the start.

Management training schemes are highly competitive and many organisations require a 2:1 or above to apply. Because 'management' is an activity which takes place in every organisation, consider which sector you would like to work in and use the sector pages to help you research.

Graduate management training schemes are advertised on CareersLink and graduate job websites like Graduate Prospects and Target Jobs. See our Find graduate jobs page for further details and sources of vacancies.

You can meet employers that run graduate management training schemes at many of our careers fairs and events.

Further information and related areas

  • Chartered Management Institute News, advice and training information.
  • How do I get a graduate job in management? Article on TARGETjobs website.
  • Project management Employed in a range of sectors from construction, engineering (energy, oil & gas, aerospace, transport, consumer products, electronics), the environment, technology, public services (central, local, education, NHS and defence), pharmaceuticals, management consultancy, finance(banking and insurance), real estate, hotels, leisure, retail, and publishing. Knowledge and experience within a sector helps. Evidence of relevant transferable skills from successful project work is key. See also Association of Project Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Translation and interpreting open to language graduates and others with fluency in one or more languages. A specialist postgraduate qualification in translation and/or interpreting may be necessary.
  • Quality management Includes legal compliance and customer expectations, monitoring and standards.
  • Compliance & risk As a compliance officer, you are responsible for ensuring a company complies with its outside regulatory requirements and internal policies
  • NHS management
  • Ergonomist /Human Factors - designing products, systems or processes for people. Open to graduates from a range of backgrounds including: engineering, design, IT, maths, physics, psychology, medicine and biology.

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Includes management consulting, statistical and data analysis roles.

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