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    I'm 24 and recently graduated and struggling to find a job. I've seen a couple of graduate programmes which are 2-3 years long but I don't understand how they work. Most graduate programmes required a degree in any subject and states that you will be working with a team of experience professionals that teach you. So does this mean you don't need experience or little experience and just a degree to get in to graduate programme. Also the job mention £20-30k salary. Do you get this whilst doing the programme or after 2-3 years? What if you don't like the programme and want to drop out?
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    A lot of graduate programmes are designed so that after the 2-3 year period as a "graduate employee", you'll become a permanent employee there. In the first few months you'll probably be training and getting to grips with your new role and then after that you'll be working on projects within your teams. Some graduate programmes have a "rotation period" (the duration varies but is usually a few months) where you'll move around different areas of the organisations, then after the scheme is over you can choose which department to work in.

    Experience depends per organisation. Ideally, it helps if you did a degree in the field you're applying to work (or similar) but nowadays employers look for people who are eager to learn and are self-motivated, but it's better if you have done some work outside of uni as well (even part time helps). You should look at the job description to see what attributes they are looking for, but you should still apply if it appeals to you.

    Regarding salary, you will get paid your annual salary on monthly basis and yes you will be taxed.

    If you want to drop out, then it depends, I've never been in that situation to tell you I'm afraid. One company I know of did have some leaving charge (a few thousand pounds) for leaving their graduate programme early. But just make sure you apply where you'll enjoy working for at least 2-3 years.
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