6 graduate jobs that will give you professional qualifications

Sally Bracegirdle
Head of Marketing

You'll earn so much more than just a salary when you secure one of these graduate jobs.

In a post-COVID-19 world, having a professional qualification under your belt will massively help to boost your career development. From becoming Chartered to completing a Master's degree, listed below are companies that will provide you with extra qualifications while you work.


1. Lancaster University - Funded Master's by Research in Environment Science

  • Where: Lancaster
  • Salary: £16,000 tax-free
  • Deadline: ASAP

Gain a PhD in Environment Science from Lancaster University while getting paid a tax-free salary to work on a project with Hitas Formulations Ltd. Ideally suited to anyone with a degree in Plant Science, Biology, Chemistry or a related discipline, this opportunity will see you developing new products using waste material to produce novel crop enhancers and disease and pest suppression agents.



Gain internationally-recognised teacher training qualifications by joining the Teach First Training Programme. You'll dive straight into on-the-job experience, earning a salary from day one, while helping to change the lives of disadvantaged children through your teaching. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to join one of the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers and gain skills and qualifications that will serve you well whether you stay in teaching or not. 



Train to become a Chartered Account with ICAEW and you'll become part of a global network of over 147,000 business professionals, who are working to drive leadership standards and build a world of strong economies. You don’t need a degree in accounting, finance or business to study for the ACA with ICAEW - as long as you're keen to learn and are able to demonstrate a high level of professionalism, you can apply.


Become an English teacher in China with English First and it's not just a TEFL certification you'll be able to mention on your CV; you'll also have access to sponsored accreditations including Cambridge TKT, Trinity CertTESOL, Trinity DipTESOL and DELTM. While you're in China you'll also be able to take free Mandarin Chinese lessons, helping you to learn a language that will make you stand out to employers.


If you already have a 2:1 degree or above in a management-related discipline, why not take your education one-step further and add a PhD to your CV? You can gain a funded PhD in Business Management with Lancaster University while working on a project to establish how universities can best support business recovery and growth following an unprecedented crisis, whilst also delivering a transition to a low carbon economy. 



One of the Big Four professional services firms, PwC operates numerous graduate programmes across the business, through which you'll develop a successful career and gain professional qualifications along the way. Register your interest in joining them today and you'll be the first to hear about new possibilities as they arise.



If these jobs aren't quite what you're looking for, you'll find plenty more on the GradTouch website here.