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Are you still scrolling through job boards, searching for graduate jobs with just no luck? We understand that looking for a graduate job can be a task itself, never mind actually going through the application process! The key to bagging yourself that grad job is simple, stick to what you know and don’t apply for programmes that are useless to you. In those moments of desperation, we’ve all done it and applied for roles we literally don’t want. Why apply for a Retail Management programme when what you really want is an IT Traineeship… Don’t fall into that hole!

The Times released the Top 100 Graduate Employers for 2016 and out of the 100, 47 of those offer digital graduate schemes. So that’s nearly half of the best graduate employers in the country hosting opportunities for graduates wanting to work in digital.

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Whether its web design or marketing you want to pursue a career in, we’ve listed the 47 companies and a few we’ve hand-picked to demonstrate the amazing opportunities out there for candidates like you and some you’d be surprised at.

Accenture British Airways ExxonMobil Marks & Spenser’s Siemens
Atkins BT Facebook Mars Tesco
Amazon Cancer Research First Derivatives MI5 – The Security Service Transport for London
Apple Centrica Goldman Sachs Microsoft Unilever
Arup Civil Service Google Mondelez International Welcome First
Bain & Company Danone IBM Mott Macdonald WPP
Barclays Deloitte Jaguar Land Rover Nestlé
BBC Deutsche Bank John Lewis Partnerships Penguin Random house
Bloomberg Diageo L’Oréal Procter & Gamble
Boots Dyson Lloyds Banking Group Sainsbury’s


BBC is without a doubt an amazing company to join after you’ve graduated. Not only are there plenty of opportunities to grow a long term career, the BBC offer a Digital Media Graduate Scheme aimed at candidates looking to learn lots of new skills including Java, Ruby, HTML and ActionScript to name a few. If web development isn’t your thing are many other digital careers you could pursue working in a diverse company like the BBC.


When looking for a graduate scheme, Boots doesn’t necessarily scream ‘we have lots of digital jobs for you!’ But you shouldn’t be overly surprised. I mean who isn’t on the digital transition nowadays? Boots have a couple of great schemes, including a Global Commercial programme and Technology scheme. Dedicated to help develop candidates through understanding customer insights, analysing trends, market products or alternatively learning everything there needs to know about the dynamics of their technology team. Boots seem to have something for everyone with their programmes.

Civil Service

Thankfully the digital community is growing faster than ever. With nearly everything and anything online, there is a constant need for digital and technology teams to help keep working and improving services. That’s why the civil service needs you! With the opportunity to gain experience it strategy and policy, product design, software engineering and commercial management to name a few; The Civil service Fast Stream: Digital and Technology programme is a great learning opportunity.


Dyson are one of the few companies that have graduate schemes in near enough every possible sector. With Marketing, Sales, Strategy, IT, Software Developers and Engineering programmes, you’re spoilt for choice with Dysons vacancies. The great thing about Dyson is the opportunities are endless with an international company that constantly support the likes of newly graduated candidates; you would be a fool not to apply for a programme here.

MI5 – The Security Service

I’m sure MI5 wouldn’t be the first place you would think to look for a grad scheme, but don’t let that knock you confidence. They have three schemes that could be just what you’re looking for. MI5 offer an Intelligence Officer, Technology Graduate and Intelligence and Data Analyst Development Programme all needing digital skills. For example, in their digital intelligence unit you’ll be involved in analysing and assessing information gained through interception or seeking and exploiting new technologies in the software development teams. Without a doubt these roles will keep you on your toes.


Invested in bringing customers the best digital experience, it’s an exciting time to join the Sainsbury’s team as they offer a Digital and Technology Graduate Programme. If you have a passion for data science, technical IT or web development this is the perfect role for you.  With their new Digital Lab, hackathons and innovative projects are all part of the exciting and fun culture Sainsbury’s has to offer. So who would of thought it, get yourself over to Sainsbury’s where you can be the latest digital wiz.

So you see. There’s quite a lot going on in digital these days and despite what others might say there’s loads of opportunities for graduates to get their digital career underway with some amazing brands and organisations. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the latest Graduate Digital vacancies we advertise on Bubble Jobs too. And if any of you have first-hand experience of these or any other graduate digital schemes, maybe you can share your experiences with us. Good luck!

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