Getting a university degree is one important step on the way to a successful career - but some of the most valuable knowledge about working life cannot be accessed by sitting in a classroom.

Therefore, many students and young graduates set out to gain some real life working experience previous to their first long-term employment (also known as a “real job”). There are several ways to get on-the-job insights depending on how far along you are with your university education: 

  1. Internships
  2. (Thesis) Projects
  3. Graduate schemes

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During your studies: Find an internship

Internships have a limited time horizon of only a few months and can, therefore, be integrated into your studies. Some university courses nowadays even require students to take an internship as a part of their curriculum. Internships often have an educational element, which is why employers usually require limited knowledge of a subject, but no completed education or excessive track record. Nevertheless, an internship can be the first opportunity to impress a company and increase your chances of employment later on, so competition for the positions can be fierce.

Find out more about the benefits of an internship and how to apply in our guide.

Finding internships on Graduateland

You can browse all internship positions that are currently accepting applications via our job search.

Special tip: Why not let the internship find you? Our new online chat module Graduateland LIVE launches mid-August. If you add “Internships” to your preferred job types on your profile, companies will be able to chat with you online when they have a relevant opportunity for you.

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Towards the end of your studies: Get a (thesis) project

A project refers to an academic paper that you write in collaboration with an organisation, where students set out to solve a specific problem a company is facing. This can involve getting access to internal data, interviewing employees of the company and conducting market research. Depending on your university course, a project can be for a specific subject during the semester. Another very common form for a project is the thesis you are required to hand in to obtain your Bachelor or Master degree.

Read more about the benefits of writing your thesis in a partnership with an organisation here.

Finding thesis projects on Graduateland

You can browse all thesis projects that are currently accepting applications via our job search.

Special tip: Why not let your thesis find you? Our new online chat module Graduateland LIVE launches mid-August. If you add “Thesis” to your preferred job types on your profile, companies will be able to chat with you online when they have a relevant opportunity for you.

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After finishing your degree: Apply for a graduate scheme

Graduate schemes (also called trainee or graduate programmes) are offered by larger and mid-sized companies as a way to recruit and shape young candidates straight out of university. These programmes (which are sometimes also called trainee programmes) give you the opportunity to explore different roles (usually in different locations) within the company before settling into a specific job. Bigger companies often offer diverse graduate programmes for candidates from different university courses such as finance, marketing or engineering.  

Get more insights on what it’s like to be part of a graduate programme here.

Finding graduate schemes on Graduateland

You can browse all trainee positions that are currently accepting applications via our job search.

Special tip: Not sure about applying for a graduate programme? Our new online chat module Graduateland LIVE launches mid-August. There, you can attend LIVE Sessions by companies that offer relevant trainee positions.  If you add “graduate programme” to your preferred job types on your profile, you will be notified about relevant LIVE Sessions.

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