About Gradcracker

Gradcracker is the UK's careers website for STEM students. Students can find the latest opportunities relevant to their degree discipline and can search for work placements, graduate programmes and graduate vacancies.

FAQs

About Gradcracker

What is Gradcracker?

Gradcracker is the UK's careers website for STEM students. We have over 200 employers at any one time advertising placements/internships or graduate opportunities.

Who is Gradcracker for?

Gradcracker is solely for students studying STEM disciplines.

Do I have to pay to use Gradcracker?

No, it’s a completely free service for students and universities.

How does Gradcracker make its money?

Gradcracker employers pay to advertise on the website.

Is Gradcracker a recruitment agency?

No. On Gradcracker you apply directly to the employer not via Gradcracker.

What happens when I ‘Follow’ someone on Gradcracker?

The 'Follow' feature on Gradcracker allows you to keep up-to-date with all of a company's latest opportunities. You will receive email alerts and push notifications through the Gradcracker App whenever there is news about your 'Followed' employers. Employers can also see if you follow them when they use the CV search facility.

Should I reference Gradcracker in my covering letter?

Yes. It is helpful for employers to know from where they are successfully targeting candidates. It is also a good idea to mention that you have ‘Followed’ the employer on Gradcracker.

How should I approach employers at Career Fairs?

The candidates who will impress employers at fairs are those who have done their research so know what the company is about and what they have to offer. So visit the company hubs on Gradcracker before the fair and then when you talk to employers make sure that you ‘show off’ your knowledge.

Does Gradcracker send my CV to the employers for me?

No, when you upload your CV onto Gradcracker it is stored on a database which can only be accessed by our employers. If an employer likes your CV then they can invite you to apply to their opportunity.

About the Gradcracker Toolkit

What is the Gradcracker Toolkit?

The Gradcracker Toolkit is a step-by-step guide to help you choose your ideal career and to be a successful candidate.

Where can I find a Gradcracker Toolkit?

You should be able to pick up a free copy from your university careers service. You can also view the Toolkit online here.

Is there an online version of the Gradcracker Toolkit?

Yes, the Toolkit is available to view online here.

Is the Gradcracker Toolkit free?

Yes, the Gradcracker Toolkit is free and it can be found in your careers service department or online here.

How up-to-date is the Gradcracker Toolkit?

The Gradcracker Toolkit is updated every academic year. The latest edition (2018/19) of the Toolkit can be found in your careers service department or online here.

About Job Hunting

When should I start job hunting?

It is never too early to start thinking about your career. On Gradcracker you can research employers and industry sectors and you can also search for placements/internships whilst you are at university. Employers are increasingly offering placements to first-year students so there is no reason to delay.

Personalising Gradcracker

The My Gradcracker Dashboard

Here you can select the disciplines you are interested in and Follow your favourite employers to give you a news page with all the information you need. You can receive live feeds and alerts and create a personalised news feed.

My Gradcracker is also available as a mobile app which you can download, free of charge, from the App Store or Google Play. This is a great way to stay organised and up-to-date with all your favourite employers whilst on the move.

Following

The Follow feature on Gradcracker allows you to keep up-to-date with all of a company's latest content and opportunities. We will alert you to any news from your 'Followed' companies so you'll never miss out on the perfect role for you. Employers on Gradcracker can see who 'Follows' them when searching our CV database.

Follow Certificates

When you're Following an Employer on Gradcracker you are able to view and download your Follow Certificate from your Dashboard. You can then attach this to your CV or application, giving yourself the edge!

My Shortlist

Here you can manage and record your job applications. Whenever you are about to apply for a position on gradcracker.com you will be given the option to 'Save to shortlist'. The employer, position and date will automatically be recorded. You will also have the facility to add any research or notes.

Upload CV

Every employer who advertises on Gradcracker can access our database of CVs. By uploading your CV, you will give those employers a chance to find out about you! If you are 'Following' that company, they will be able to see that you are particularly interested in working for them.

The Gradcracker App

My Gradcracker is also available as a mobile app which you can download, free of charge, from the App Store or Google Play. This is a great way to stay organised and up-to-date with all your favourite employers whilst on the move.

  • Apply for jobs - Search and apply for all of our opportunities, from wherever you are, with just a few simple taps.
  • Research employers - Get the full lowdown on every Gradcracker employer, including all the info you need to know before applying.
  • Receive instant job alerts - Be the first to know about brand new opportunities from your favourite employers, with tailored notifications send straight to your smartphone.
  • Access your personal dashboard - Boost your job hunt with features such as the Shortlist and CV Upload.
  • Manage your settings - Change your account details and modify your notification alerts.

If you have any queries, feedback or issues regarding the apps, please email info@gradcracker.com - we'd love to hear what you think!

Careers Search

You can search by your discipline type and by whether you are looking for a work placement or a graduate opportunity. If you are looking for a work placement you can choose to search year-long or summer durations. You can also search for placements in your preferred geographic region.

Start your search - today on gradcracker.com...

Multi-platform News Feeds

Facebook

If you 'like' us on Facebook you will receive the latest site updates as they happen.

Twitter

We tweet our 'followers' all the latest news instantly.

LinkedIn

Major developments to gradcracker.com and new features can be viewed here.

YouTube

You can view a selection of employer videos on the Gradcracker YouTube channel.

Instagram

Why not Follow and Share Gradcracker’s Images on Instagram?

Snapchat

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Company Alerts

You can choose to receive news only from your favourite employers by using the Follow button on the Company Hubs within gradcracker.com.

Videos

GC▶︎TV

GCTV

GCTV is an area of Gradcracker where you can view all the video content from across the website in one place. You can watch videos of our employers' products and operations and you can also watch video profiles of their recent graduates telling you about their early experiences in the world of work. There are nearly 200 videos on GCTV.

Don't forget...

Meet Gradcracker

We regularly attend careers fairs, host seminars and present skills sessions - often accompanied by Gradcracker employers. To find out where Gradcracker will be in the next few months, see the events page on gradcracker.com.

Blog

Read news, opinion and advice from employers, industry experts, universities and other guest bloggers on the Gradcracker blog.

Gradcracker on any device

Gradcracker is built with a responsive and adaptive design enabling you to view the website on your smartphone, tablet, computer and even on your television through your games console.

 

Join Gradcracker

Registering on Gradcracker is quick, easy and, of course, free.

It allows you to customise your personal area of Gradcracker, 'My Gradcracker', to show you the opportunities that you are most interested in and registering also ensures that you will receive our weekly e-newsletter direct to your inbox.