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    Who can apply for Graduate programmes? Graduates you may say, yes, but for how long? Do you get one shot at it the year you graduate or can you take a gap year and try again? And again? And again?

    Basically, at what point after finishing uni can you no longer apply for graduate jobs?

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    I would like to add a question to that, do you have to be British to apply to them? Or have a British BA? I will hopefully be taking an MSt from Oxford next year, but my BA is from a non British uni
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    (Original post by Mglafas)
    Who can apply for Graduate programmes? Graduates you may say, yes, but for how long? Do you get one shot at it the year you graduate or can you take a gap year and try again? And again? And again?

    Basically, at what point after finishing uni can you no longer apply for graduate jobs?
    You can always apply. The jobs I have applied for tended to have a requirement like "less than 12 months' relevant post-graduate work experience". Though this is for civil engineering which is a profession with on-the-job training towards reaching professional qualification, so graduates at all companies will be doing similar things initially, meaning that an employer will notice that somebody who has gained experience elsewhere is very different to a fresh graduate. I'm not sure how it works with other graduate jobs.

    The main difficulty I think is making sure you have done something worthwhile in those gap years... applying for jobs during the year following graduation is fine (especially as things have been rubbish with the recession) but if you've been out of work for longer you are going to get asked serious questions about what you've been doing in that time.

    However, even though the employer's system might accept your application, it is possible that if faced with far too many applicants they might decide to use the number of years since graduating as a screening step.

    (Original post by Xristina)
    I would like to add a question to that, do you have to be British to apply to them? Or have a British BA? I will hopefully be taking an MSt from Oxford next year, but my BA is from a non British uni
    I've never seen that as a requirement. It's possible that the employer might not have heard of your university (no matter how good it is in your home country) but the MSt from Oxford will set them right! They do tend to check early on that you are permitted to work in the UK though, which is a (completely separate) immigration issue.
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    I've never seen that as a requirement. It's possible that the employer might not have heard of your university (no matter how good it is in your home country) but the MSt from Oxford will set them right! They do tend to check early on that you are permitted to work in the UK though, which is a (completely separate) immigration issue.
    Thanks! Immigration won't be an issue since I am European.
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    (Original post by thefish_uk)
    You can always apply. The jobs I have applied for tended to have a requirement like "less than 12 months' relevant post-graduate work experience". Though this is for civil engineering which is a profession with on-the-job training towards reaching professional qualification, so graduates at all companies will be doing similar things initially, meaning that an employer will notice that somebody who has gained experience elsewhere is very different to a fresh graduate. I'm not sure how it works with other graduate jobs.

    The main difficulty I think is making sure you have done something worthwhile in those gap years... applying for jobs during the year following graduation is fine (especially as things have been rubbish with the recession) but if you've been out of work for longer you are going to get asked serious questions about what you've been doing in that time.

    However, even though the employer's system might accept your application, it is possible that if faced with far too many applicants they might decide to use the number of years since graduating as a screening step.


    I've never seen that as a requirement. It's possible that the employer might not have heard of your university (no matter how good it is in your home country) but the MSt from Oxford will set them right! They do tend to check early on that you are permitted to work in the UK though, which is a (completely separate) immigration issue.

    Thanks for the great response! I ask mainly because I have to take a year out due to military service. Well, the service is only 4 months, but I'll have to fill up the remainder of the year with something worthwhile i guess...
 
 
 
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