Careers Service

Graduate jobs

This section outlines a variety of options available to you as a graduate of the University of Edinburgh.

Surveys have suggested that graduate roles have been less severely  hit by the COVID-19 pandemic than non-graduate roles. 

While graduate jobs are most often associated with graduate training schemes, structured programmes only represent a small proportion of the overall number of jobs suitable for graduates. Here we explain how to find both advertised and 'hidden' opportunities.


Finding graduate jobs

Learn the difference between a graduate scheme and graduate job, what you need to apply and how to find the opportunity that is right for you.

Working for an SME

SMEs offer an alternative to the graduate recruitment schemes and other graduate roles offered by larger organisations.

Finding unadvertised jobs

Proactive or creative job searching is about uncovering or creating potential opportunities which are not advertised and are therefore ‘hidden’. It can be a powerful strategy when looking for work.

Finding jobs in specific locations

Information on finding graduate jobs in Edinburgh, Scotland and the rest of the UK.


Recruitment agencies

Using recruitment agencies is an increasingly popular method of job hunting for students and graduates.

Recruitment agencies

Related links

International graduate jobs