Graduate scheme application dates can be confusing, so we’ve put together a list of all the key information based on frequently asked questions. Whether you’re planning to apply to an MBA or a PGCE course, it’s important that you know when and where the deadlines are for each organisation.
When should I apply for my graduate scheme?
It’s best to make an application at least six months before the start of your course. For example, if you’re applying for a September 2022 intake then the deadline will be April 2022. This is so it leaves enough time for processing applications and interviews. If you are not successful in securing a place on a programme, then you will have time to make an application for another course.
Can I apply before the deadline?
Yes! It can be really tough waiting until the last minute and not knowing if you’ve made it in. If your organisation has early deadlines then feel free to submit your application as soon as possible.
What if I miss the deadline?
If you have missed your organisation’s deadline, don’t panic. You can still submit an application through UCAS or apply for other organisations. However, there will be no guarantees that these applications will be successful and it could take much longer to find a suitable course – so make sure you get your application in on time.
How do I know if my course is right for me?
It’s really important to ensure that you have the skills and qualifications necessary before applying for a course. Make sure you research what you’ll need and talk to someone who has completed the programme, or another person working within it.
What can I do to improve my chances of securing a place?
There are lots of ways you can increase your chance, including: networking with people in the sector; joining professional organisations like CIPS or RCN; and volunteering/shadowing. It’s worth following up on these opportunities even if they’re not from your desired organisation, as they will help build your cv and show you’re serious about the sector.
How do I know if my application has been successful?
If you haven’t heard back from an organisation within four weeks of submitting your application then it is essential that you follow up with them to confirm whether or not they have accepted your application.
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