So your last "official" summer has been and gone, leaving the dreaded final year of university. Suddenly graduation and the real world don’t seem all that far off, do they?
Get ahead of the game: below you’ll find five top employers who are already opening their virtual doors for their graduate intake of 2018 – which could include you.
Take look and secure your future before Christmas.
1. ICS – Volunteering Programme
- Deadline: 9 May 2018
International Citizen Service (ICS) provide once-in-a-lifetime volunteering opportunities in some of the poorest communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. If you’re looking to change the world after uni, you’d struggle to find a more worthwhile endeavour than this. Working alongside local volunteers, you’ll be using your skills to help people achieve things we take for granted: getting a good education; having meaningful employment; knowing their rights; having access to healthcare and protecting their environment. With 99% of previous volunteers stating the programme helped their professional development, this is a unique and worthwhile entry into the charity sector.
Placements last between 10 and 12 weeks and start from January 2018:
2. Goldcrest - Graduate Land Development Programme
- Fulham London
- Deadline: 4 December 2017
Goldcrest specialise in targeting difficult sites within the M25 and discovering their unique redevelopment potential. Joining their Land Development Programme you'll experience every step of the process from appraisal to acquisition, with a share in all profits (as is company policy) from day one. Every success is celebrated here, with dinners, drinks and champagne in the office a regular occurence. Looking for an entry-level route in to the property industry? This could be it.
The 2018 graduate intake has just begun; time to make a good first impression:
3. Merkle-Periscopix – Graduate Programmatic Marketing Scheme
- Tower Bridge, London
- £22,000 - £25,000
- Deadline: 8 December 2017
Proud to be a geek? Read on… Merkle-Periscopix are made up of a team of enthusiastic and sociable Marketing boffins, ranging from those who ride unicycles to top 40 pop artists. However they all have one thing in common: a passion for the world of Digital Marketing. Join the squad and it'll be your job to manage online campaigns for a portfolio of clients that spans the entire alphabet, from Aldi through to Zoopla. You don’t need to be a Programmatic Display wizard right now as in-house training will get you up to speed in no time.
Right now, they're accepting applications for next summer, so get this one in the bag quickly:
4. Softcat – Graduate Account Executive
- up to £26,000 OTE
- Deadline: 2 May 2018
Supplying IT solutions to businesses up and down the country, Softcat have developed an award-winning formula for success: create happy employees, motivated to deliver outstanding service. Their training scheme is structured to ensure you work your way up to leadership, and the fact that over 80% of their current managers started here shows that it does work. You’ll also benefit from uncapped commission, perks like trips to Hawaii and the chance to be an employee at the Official Best Workplace in the UK.
Recruitment takes place all year round but it's good to be organised:
5. Lidl - Graduate Management Development Programme
- £36,000 + company car
- Deadline: 9 February 2018
With over 10,000 stores in more than 27 countries, chances are that you've heard of this international supermarket phenomenon. Start your graduate career in the footsteps of greatness, as nearly all of their senior professionals started out in-store before going on to specialise in their own area of expertise. The Management Development Programme gives you the opportunity to experience all areas of the business, along every stage of the supply chain, before honing your skills and experience to cement your own unique position within the company. Generous benefits, a tried-and-testing training scheme and an impressive starting salary mean that you shouldn't let this one pass by.
They've just opened their doors for September 2018, so hurry up and be one of the first to apply: