Starting the Job

Hannah @ Gradcracker says...

Here you’ll find advice from a range of our employers. The advice from each employer is specific to them. However, no matter where you're starting your job, there are certain things you can do to excel in your new role. For a quick overview, simply click the box below.

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"There's so much to learn...but that's what makes it so exciting!"
Essity - video (10 mins)
Zainab, GET Graduate Process Engineer, describes the various training opportunities she has had since joining Essity a year ago.
"The grads are held in such high esteem"
Centrica - video (3 mins)
From leading large teams of people and experiencing a wide variety of roles across the business, to making an impact through employee networks – we hear the different kinds of responsibilities Ben has taken on since joining Centrica as a graduate.
"You don't need to be an expert in coding or technology to join Sky"
Sky - video (7 mins)
We spoke to graduates at Sky about the various training opportunities available, from technology bootcamps, to Friday self-learning.
Training to carry you through your career
BAE Systems - video (6 mins)
Graduates Ciara and Jenny describe the various training opportunities and mentoring schemes at BAE Systems.
What does doing a PGCE involve?
Institute of Physics - video (6 mins)
Scholars from the Institute of Physics reveal what you can expect when completing a PGCE.
"You have to be a life-long learner"
CERN - video (3 mins)
We spoke to Raymond Veness, a Senior Engineer at CERN and part of the team that discovered the Higgs boson. He tells us what you can expect and how you can succeed while working at CERN.
From STEM Graduate to Lawyer: what's involved?
Herbert Smith Freehills - video (10 mins)
Trainees at Herbert Smith Freehills describe the training they undertook as STEM graduates pursuing a career in Law.
Preparation and support
Arup - video (10 mins)
Hear how students and graduates at Arup prepared for their first day, and find out what kind of support they received once they started. We also cover what it's like to work from home.
"Myself was enough!"
Siemens - video (5 mins)
We asked graduates at Siemens how they heard they were successful and how they prepared for their first day. They also touch upon starting the job while working from home.
Tips from a career coach
Bank of Ireland - blog
Want to advance your career but not sure where to begin? Find out how from Bank of Ireland's executive career coach.
You got the job!
Emerson - video (6 mins)
Emerson graduates talk through how they prepared for their first day on the graduate scheme.
The next stepping stone
Frazer-Nash Consultancy - video (2 mins)
"I've just had to say I'd like to do it, and they've made it happen" – Philippa, Consultant at Frazer-Nash.
Rotations at Mewburn Ellis
Mewburn Ellis LLP - video (3 mins)
Sam Bailey, Partner at Mewburn Ellis, describes what you can expect when starting with the firm – from the scheme's 6-month rotations, to help finding accommodation.
Going into Law as a STEM student
Taylor Wessing - video (2 mins)
Rachael Potts, Trainee Solicitor, gives her advice to STEM students wishing to pursue a career in Law.
From theory to application
Johnson Matthey - video (3 mins)
Are you interested in finding out what the transition from university to the world of work will be like? Hear how Hannah, Operations Graduate at Johnson Matthey, has found it so far.
What sort of training can you expect at Zurich?
Zurich - video (6 mins)
Graduates at Zurich, a leading insurance company, describe some of the training they've had so far, such as insurance-based exams, virtual presentations and even learning how to insure an oil rig.
What to expect at Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team?
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team - video (3 mins)
Ellie, from recruitment, describes what you can expect as an Industrial Placement student.
How does Network Rail help with relocation packages?
Network Rail - video (1 min)
Find out how much support Network Rail provides for relocating.
“Your work will mean something from day 1”
Cummins - video (3 mins)
Tom Powell, Sub-System Team Lead, describes a typical ‘first month’ at Cummins. Find out about the company’s global onboarding and much more.
"I get to choose my own training"
Fujitsu - video (5 mins)
Graduates at Fujitsu experience a continual learning process. Discover some of the different types of training they've benefitted from since starting with the company.
From operational rigs, to virtual reality...
Severn Trent - video (4 mins)
Severn Trent has invested £10 million into a brand-new academy building dedicated to experimental learning, with training that includes using operational rigs and virtual reality.
Settling in, making connections and having fun!
Fujitsu - video (4 mins)
Fujitsu has gone above and beyond to integrate their graduates into the Fujitsu community during the pandemic. Becky, Software Development Graduate, describes some of the amazing things she's had the chance to be involved in.
Support systems at Babcock
Babcock International Group - video (3 mins)
Discover the various ways in which Babcock supports its students and graduates from the moment they join.
"If you don't ask, you don't get!"
Network Rail - video (2 mins)
Find out what advice these Network Rail graduates would have wanted to know before they started their journey.
Teaching during the pandemic
Institute of Physics - video (2 mins)
What does it look like to be a teacher during the pandemic? Daniel, trainee teacher at the Institute of Physics, shares his experiences of working from home.
"Your skills are actually really valuable"
Herbert Smith Freehills - video (2 mins)
Charlie Madill, Trainee in Corporate, describes how she uses her STEM degree at law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills.
How to make an impact
Morgan Stanley - video (1 min)
Esta, Technology Analyst, made an impact at Morgan Stanley by using her initiative and being proactive!
All STEM degrees have transferable skills!
BT - video (1 min)
Will you be at a disadvantage if your degree isn't directly related to the job you're about to start? This Openreach graduate's experience will put your mind at ease.
Starting your job in Law: a slightly different process
Taylor Wessing - video (5 mins)
Lauren Mounteney, Future Trainee Solicitor at Taylor Wessing, describes the journey from completing the company's Vacation Scheme to joining as a trainee.
Applying skills from your degree – Physics
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team - video (2 mins)
Industrial Placement student Nish describes how transferable skills, that he learnt as part of his physics degree, have been useful at Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team.
Relocating during the pandemic
Experian - video (3 mins)
Hear what Orianne, part of the Early Careers team at Experian, has to say about relocating in the current climate.
Ask questions, reach out to people and keep networking!
ABB Ltd - video (2 mins)
Sarah is a Graduate Process Engineer at ABB. See how she's found working from home, and find out what her advice is to those starting a new job.
What can an ABB graduate look forward to?
ABB Ltd - video (3 mins)
Jackie McMahon, Head of Talent Management & Talent Acquisition, describes some of the opportunities ABB graduates can look forward to once they start their new role.
"All the graduates form one large support bubble"
Johnson Matthey - video (4 mins)
Find out what it's like to start working at Johnson Matthey – from relocating, to being assigned your graduate 'buddy'.
Have the freedom to explore different avenues
MBDA UK - video (2 mins)
Alice, Systems Test Analyst, gives a very honest account of her first few years with MBDA and explains how her career has progressed since starting the job.
What's 2021 looking like?
Science & Technology Facilities Council - video (1 min)
Carla, from Gradcracker, and Ben Bealing, from STFC, discuss the possibility of 'virtual starts' and working from home for new graduates and interns in light of COVID-19.
Bring your best self to the workplace
EY - blog
EY describe four key mindsets – or attributes – that will help you begin and grow a successful career.
Your first five days
Arup - blog
Here's some advice from graduates at Arup who attended the company's week-long Welcome Event.