7 graduate jobs that offer career progression

Lara Billington
Content Marketing Executive

Want to climb the career ladder? 

A recent GradTouch survey with over 5,000 graduates revealed that the opportunity for career progression in a job is more important to graduates than many other factors, including company culture, job location and even the industry the job is in. 

If you're one of the many graduates looking for a job that lets you work your way to the top, these opportunities do just that, and you can apply for them now. 


1. AlphaSights - Graduate Associate Programme - Hamburg 

  • Where: Hamburg
  • Salary: Competitive
  • When to apply: ASAP 

AlphaSights promise you a clear path towards leading your own team, they guarantee that you'll be managing blue-chip client relationships in two years' time and will even offer you the chance to run your own multimillion-dollar book of business within five years. If this is the kind of clear career progression you're after, don't miss the opportunity to join this global company in their Hamburg office. 


Spencer Odgen will give you the tools and training to progress your career and take control of your success and earnings. The company prefer to promote internally so if you prove yourself, the opportunities for progression are endless. Plus with 3pm finishes on Friday, incentive lunches and other perks, it's not a job to be missed.


Standard Chartered won't see you as just another graduate employee, they'll see you as a future leader of their business. With help from senior leaders, colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds and hands-on experience working on real projects, you'll develop a well-rounded skill-set during this International Graduate Programme, to equip you for a long and successful career at this leading international bank. 


This Technology Graduate Programme will only be the start of your career at Professional Services firm, PwC. Their technology department focuses on future innovations in areas varying from Ethical Hacking to Forensic Data Analytics, to ensure the business keeps up with the latest technological advances. You don't need a technology related degree to apply for this programme, so long as you're on track for, or have received a 2.1 in your degree.  


The Media People take pride in their commitment to the personal and professional development of their employees. Your progress will be reviewed regularly and they're not afraid to offer promotions and pay rises if you're performing, instead of unnecessarily waiting a whole year to review. And they'll give you the tools and training to progress too, so you really will be shaping your career progression from day one in this role. 


Grow your career at American Express, a company who has been making a difference in people's lives for over 160 years. On this Customer Service and Business Strategy Graduate Programme you'll rotate across four key disciplines: Change Management, Strategy and Optimisation, Customer Engagement and Planning, and learn all about how the team deliver extraordinary customer care. If you've got strong interpersonal skills and leadership potential, apply now. 


The only way is up when you join Lidl on this Logistics Graduate Management Programme. Over two years, you'll build essential leadership skills, learn about every area of the logistics operation and even lead a team of your own as a Store Manager. As well as a £37k starting salary, you can also expect 30 days' holiday per year, store discount and even your own fully expensed company car. So what are you waiting for? Apply now.