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    The reason I ask is that I'm planning on taking a year out and going on a working holiday abroad after I graduate, and when I come back I'd like to apply for "graduate" opportunities. At that point it will have been a year since I graduated, so I don't want to fail their requirements because of that. Does it depend on the company, or is there a standard?

    Also, when are you considered to have graduated - when you've finished your course, or when you've gotten your diploma at your graduation ceremony?
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    I'm sure you'd still be considered for graduate positions. After all, you presumably won't have had relevant work experience to qualify you for anything higher. I doubt many companies have a hard limit on when they no longer consider someone a graduate. But I guess if you graduated 10 years ago and haven't had a graduate level job since then they'd probably wonder why.

    Officially, it's probably not until you receive your graduation certificate (normally done at the ceremony). But I wouldn't have thought many companies would care about that formality. They'd probably want to know your results before commiting to hiring you though. I don't think I was ever asked for proof that I'd graduated. Although my university tutor was one of my references, so he probably confirmed it. And the fact I had a vague idea of what I was talking about in the interview might have counted as evidence that I did a degree.
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    Your a graduate when you get the certificate.

    All companies will accept people for at least two years after graduating onto 'grad' schemes. Then it varies. However, if you're trying to get in first time round then its a bit risky but upto you.
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    It's generally quite flexible now because of new age discrimination law. After 1-3 years of graduating you will certainly be able to apply for 99% of graduate schemes.
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    (Original post by Azimuth)
    The reason I ask is that I'm planning on taking a year out and going on a working holiday abroad after I graduate, and when I come back I'd like to apply for "graduate" opportunities. At that point it will have been a year since I graduated, so I don't want to fail their requirements because of that. Does it depend on the company, or is there a standard?

    Also, when are you considered to have graduated - when you've finished your course, or when you've gotten your diploma at your graduation ceremony?
    Some companies allow you to apply for their grad schemes and choose your start date.
    E.g. you can apply sometime in early 2011 for a grad scheme starting in summer 2011 but say you would like to join the next cycle of intakes i.e. summer 2012

    This way you can go on holiday knowing you have a great grad job in the bag waiting for you on your return!
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    (Original post by _findthecolour_)
    It's generally quite flexible now because of new age discrimination law. After 1-3 years of graduating you will certainly be able to apply for 99% of graduate schemes.
    Bad information.
    As Quady mentioned the industry standard is two years.
    Some will be less, a rare few may be more.

    But 3 years after graduating you would NOT be "able to get onto 99% of graduate scheme".
    If you're going to use facts and figures please source your claims; don't give people false hope.
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    (Original post by Slick 'n' Shady)
    Some companies allow you to apply for their grad schemes and choose your start date.
    E.g. you can apply sometime in early 2011 for a grad scheme starting in summer 2011 but say you would like to join the next cycle of intakes i.e. summer 2012

    This way you can go on holiday knowing you have a great grad job in the bag waiting for you on your return!
    To be honest I think the in current climate most business are reviewing graduate recruitment regularly and so this kind of deferred scheme is likely to be difficult to come by at the moment.
 
 
 
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