9 graduate jobs that will make you a manager in no time

Lara Billington
Content Marketing Executive

Being a graduate doesn't have to mean entry-level work for your first few years in employment.

Thanks to intensive training, on-the-job mentoring and rapid progression within these industry-leading companies, there is the very real possibility that you could soon be running the show.


1. Rise Technical Recruitment - Trainee Recruitment Consultant

  • Where: Bristol
  • Salary: £17,500 - £20,000 + uncapped commission
  • When to apply: ASAP


There's targets for promotion set in stone at Rise Technical Recruitment, so as long as you put the work in you could be looking at progressing to a Management or Principle Consultant role in no time at all. As well as paving out a clear route for your progression Rise offer uncapped commission, quarterly review pay rises and incentive trips around to world to locations like Miami and Monaco. Who could say no to these perks? 


This programme at Johnson Matthey is specifically designed to fulfil your ambition for rapid professional progression and future leadership roles within the company. Across 3, 8-month rotations you'll develop the skills and breadth of knowledge required to excel, and receive constant support from a mentor. Johnson Matthey close each role as they become oversubscribed, so don't wait around. 



Not many companies will give you the opportunity to build and run a team within your first 12 months, but HiTalent will. Joining their Senior Search team in London Bridge, you'll help to source talent for some of Europe's leading start-ups, benefiting from fast progression, three company trips away per year and even unlimited holiday.  



Jump head first into this challenging – but rewarding – role at Aldi. Based in one of their 9,000 stores you'll experience every area of Retail Management, from Store Operations to Financial Administration, with the chance to put your knowledge to the test within weeks. Start on £44,000 and progress to a store-running, decision-making, Area Manager earning £75,000 within four years.





5. Lloyds Banking Group - Enterprise Leadership Graduate Programme


Lloyds Banking Group are on the hunt for new talent they can train up to become future leaders of their business - that could be you. On their Enterprise Leadership Graduate Programme you'll work in a range of areas, from Project Management to Cyber Security, leading your own team and inspiring them to make a difference for themselves and their customers. 



Recently recognised as one of the Top Companies to Inspire Europe, Tempest Resourcing are growing fast, and you can grow with them. 80% of the company's management team started as trainees and some have even progressed to Director positions so the opportunities are endless. Plus, with a first class training programme in place, Tempest give you all the tools you need to succeed. 



Meltwater promise rapid career development when you join their Management programme, with the opportunity to lead your own team as a Sales Manager if you prove yourself. They're looking for ambitious 2:1 graduates who are strong communicators and hungry for success. If you think you've got what it takes, click below and apply now. 



Globe Locums are a young and vibrant company looking for graduates who want to evolve with them. You'll be given all the tools you need, from one-to-one training to mentor support, to become a successful Healthcare Recruitment Consultant. And if you prove yourself, you'll be eligible to join Globe Locum's Management Programme and train to become a Divisional Manager. 



Launch straight into a managerial role at Broadstone when you join them as Finance Manager. You'll be responsible for the organisation's finances, guide senior executives in making sound business decisions and help support investor relations. As this role has lots of responsibility you'll need experience under your belt in order to be considered - Broadstone a looking for a qualified accountant with previous experience in a Finance role.