I didn’t get on a graduate scheme - what do I do now?

It’s a common misconception that if you don’t get onto a ‘graduate scheme’ there are no other opportunities. In fact, only 20% of graduates every year go on to a graduate scheme. So if you think you’ve missed the deadlines for these, don't worry! There are still opportunities out there.

Practical steps you can take

Re-define what you're looking for

Take a broader view of what jobs are out there. They don't need to be called a 'scheme'. They are simply jobs that require a graduate, or perhaps a job that a graduate does. Many employer do not have a formal graduate scheme as they recruit in smaller numbers so don't need to organise their recruitment in this way. This leaves them more flexible to recruit when opportunities come up, which means you may see them being advertised at times of year when some of the larger graduate schemes have already closed. That's good news for you.

Other tips for what to do

If you're not sure what to do next, you can contact us to get more advice and book a Careers Guidance appointment.