Our guide to some of the main job boards and vacancy sources for graduate jobs.
Before you start
An effective application is essential.
The Knowledge Bank is only available to Lancaster students and gives you access to:
- Careers videos, CV guides, interview tips, assessment centre test papers, psychometric tests etc.
- Labour market intelligence and information relating to the graduate job market.
- Employer insights gained by Careers staff, students, graduates and others.
- Specialist vacancy sites and information for subjects within each Faculty.
Access the Knowledge Bank using your normal university ID and password.
Who is still recruiting?
Closing dates can be very early - some closing in the first term of your final year of studies.
Others may still be recruiting - find out who:
Save the Graduate - shows you which schemes are still open by closing date.
Graduate Jobs - lists graduate schemes and internship opportunities that are still accepting application.
Many recruiters run specific graduate recruitment schemes, inviting applications from final year students.
Or you can access a PDF which lists graduate schemes and their closing dates for 2014/15 through the Knowledge Bank.
Directories of graduate schemes are published each year and are available to collect from Careers whilst stocks last.
You can also access Graduate Scheme Directories online:
The Guardian UK 300 – published by GTI Media.
Employer Directory – published by Prospects.
To access the full list of careers publications from GTI, Prospects and other publishers, check our online digital publications.
Some of the employers attending our annual Careers Fair have provided videos to promote their Graduate Schemes.
Graduate job boards
Some national graduate job boards to help you to begin your search are:
TARGETconnect – part-time, full-time, and graduate opportunities sourced by Careers at Lancaster University and the Students’ Union.
TARGETjobs – graduate jobs, schemes, work experience and internships.
graduate-jobs – search facility covering all jobs in the UK.
Prospects – search for graduate jobs and work experience opportunities.
Milkround – vacancies, employers and CV data banks.
Gradcracker – science, engineering and technology jobs and placements.
STEM Graduates - A graduate jobs board and recruitment agency for Science, IT, Engineering and Mathematics students.
Grad Diary – details of the main graduate schemes and application deadlines.
Magnet.Me - An online network that enables students and graduate employers to connect with each other in an easy, direct and personal way,
STEP - bringing business and graduates together – the UK’s leading organiser of paid graduate internships.
Inspiring Interns, Manchester - graduate internships and jobs in the North West.
Inspiring Interns, London - graduate internships and jobs in and around London.
Graduate Talent Pool – a government-funded initiative to connect graduates with SMEs across private, public and voluntary sectors.
Regional graduate job boards
Universities in different parts of the UK support regional recruitment initiatives which are targeted specifically at graduates.
These sites can offer a range of graduate opportunities, that are not advertised elsewhere:
Graduate Jobs South – Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the Isle of White.
Gradsouthwest – Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset.
GradsEast – Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
Yorkshire Graduates – for graduate jobs in this region.
Go Wales – graduate jobs in Wales.
Recruitment and Employment Confederation – searchable database by sector and region.