If you’re interested in doing a graduate scheme upon graduation but don’t know how to go about it, you’re at the right place. To some, the concept of a graduate scheme is something they have been planning towards for years; to others it is unfamiliar and new. The first term started off with a lot of students unsure yet of what career paths to follow after their studies. Luckily, no matter what step you are at, Imperial College Business School provides students with the best services and support to help out throughout this journey.
Mid October-December is the period when most of the companies fix deadlines for applying to their graduate programmes. Seems soon, I know, but planning ahead and keeping yourself informed is crucial at this stage. A good point to start off at is by attending career fairs; Imperial Business School organizes a handful of these during the first term. Career Fairs are a great opportunity for students to learn more about companies within a specific sector and discover their options. They are also a comfortable environment for students to make their first contact with a company of their interest, without being intimidated or nervous about making a bad first impression. The companies present are there to answer questions and tell you more about what they are looking for in a graduate applicant.
Remember- when the time comes and you’re serious about applying to graduate schemes, you should try to:
1) Research potential industries, companies and positions you would like to work in
2) Attend as many Career Events and Career Fairs as possible
3) Make a list of all your options prioritizing them by deadline dates
4) Keep track of all your applications so you don’t mix them up and miss out on any opportunities
I personally was pleasantly surprised with the career fair in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) that I attended earlier this term. The best part of it was being able to talk to some of my top-in-mind companies while also learning more about others that I had never heard of. It was a great stepping-stone towards motivating me to actually apply. Through this process I am learning how important it is to use the resources the Business School provides us with, they are a huge help. I am sure that future and current students will find them as useful as I have.
Thais is studying our MSc Strategic Marketing programme