Graduate Jobs Edinburgh

Edinburgh at a glance

Fancy heading to a capital city that’s not London? Why not get out of England, and head to the majestic hills of Edinburgh? Not only is it extremely picturesque, but it’s bursting with culture, playing host to the world-famous Fringe Festival every August. It’s also home to historic castles, traditional Scottish pubs and of course the café that J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter in (if you’re a Potterhead, you’ll love this city for sure).

Believe it or not, Edinburgh actually has the lowest unemployment rates of any city in the UK! There are plenty of job opportunities and the city is also home to one of Britain’s most prestigious – and oldest – universities.

Area guide to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is divided into six areas. The city centre features the famous Prince’s Street for shopping, museums and gardens. Grassmarket is nestled in Edinburgh’s Old Town, featuring historic cobbled streets and independent boutiques. The Royal Mile connects the city’s two royal residences (the Castle and the palace of Holyrood House) and is home to a number of tourist attractions, including St Andrew’s Cathedral.

West End is the more bohemian area of the city and Leith is the newer waterfront development, whilst Stockbridge is the ‘village’ area of the city, where many artists and writers have made their homes. If you’re a student, you’ll likely be based in Southside – where you’ll find artisan bakers and chocolatiers as well as great cafés, bars and restaurants.

Explore beyond Edinburgh and you’ll find the rural Lothians. From seaside views to heritage sites and luscious lakes, you can be out in the tranquil countryside before you know it.

Universities in Edinburgh

There are a number of universities and higher education colleges in Edinburgh, including:

Employers in Edinburgh

With a big university presence in the city, many make a living in Edinburgh through the art of academia. Otherwise, some of the biggest employers include Scottish banks like RBS, Lloyds TSB and the Bank of Scotland, or insurance companies such as Standard Life Aberdeen and Scottish Widows. Keep an eye out on Debut for opportunities available in the Edinburgh area!

Edinburgh by Sector
Financial services

Edinburgh has a 300 year history in the world of finance, being the largest centre outside of London. The city is home to Europe’s second largest asset fund manager, Standard Life Aberdeen, as well as several retail and challenger banks. The city is also on the way to becoming one of the biggest fintech hubs, because of advancements in another major sector…

Tech & software

Edinburgh has a very ambitious vision: to become the Data Capital of Europe, and it’s on track to be just that. The city is home to one of the largest incubators for tech start-ups, whilst the University of Edinburgh has committed to training a whopping 100,000 data scientists in the next 10 years. That’s a whole load of tech brains!

Creative industries

This picturesque location isn’t just for tourists; Edinburgh is the backdrop for many films and therefore the home to loads of production companies. The city also hosts several video games companies and of course generates hundreds of jobs every year to help support and run the Fringe Festival.

Cost of Edinburgh

In terms of the UK average Edinburgh is considered quite expensive to live in, but not quite as pricey as The Big Smoke. For a one bed flat in the city centre, you’ll be looking upwards of £550 per month, which drops by £150 if you’re in the outskirts (but you must factor in travel costs with that). The average price of a pint in the Scottish capital is between £3-£4, and an inexpensive restaurant will set you back around £10-£15.

You can get around the city via bus and tram, and a monthly pass will cost a very reasonable £45. And let’s be honest – with some London Oyster Cards being more than triple that, it isn’t bad going.

What are graduate jobs?

A number of companies keep certain jobs back especially for graduates. These graduate jobs are entirely different to both graduate schemes and internships. They’re specifically designed to offer new graduates full time employment in a new field, allowing them to gain important work experience and develop key skills.

How to find graduate jobs?

When you’re trying to find graduate jobs to gain critical work experience, it may seem daunting. Finding full time employment doesn’t have to be difficult though. At Debut Careers, we’re the UK’s No.1 graduate recruitment site and app. We specialise in helping graduates find the ideal role for them. In addition to our graduate job search, you’ll find extensive resources forcareer planning.

We have all of the tools available to help you find the best full time graduate opportunities. We appreciate that there’s only so much you can do online, and know that careers fairs and open days can help, so we’ve put together thestudent guide to networkingand collated everything you need to know aboutattending careersfairs. So from research through to networking and job applications, Debut Careers is here to help you find the best full time graduate jobs and internships.

Why choose Debut for your graduate job search?

So what sets Debut Careers apart? When you’re looking for a graduate job, it’s worth understanding that Debut Careers sets itself apart from the competition, because:

  • We are the biggest resource for graduate careers in the UK

    Not only do we have extensive guides and support, but we actually have more graduate jobs and opportunities than any other graduate careers service, and we can prove it. We have the data to show thatDebut Careers is the biggest resourcein the UK.

  • Our App allows you to browse jobs but also to be headhunted

    Our exclusive app has been designed with your needs front and center. Not only can you browse graduate job opportunities, but it allows employers to be talent-spot and find their ideal candidates. You can track your applications, view resources to help you with your hunt and insights to help you understand the market

  • Opportunities from the UK’s leading employers

    We strive to have the very best opportunities available on our platform. Not only are we the largest resource, but you’ll find graduate job opportunities at some of the biggest UK employers, in London, the North West, West Midlands and all around the country.

What jobs can graduates get?

There are opportunities for graduates across all kinds of different industries and roles. From fashion or finance through to automotive or law. All of these industries have a wide range of opportunities, depending on the job type you’re after. Many places offer work experience, a graduate programme or graduate schemes, but below you’ll find graduate roles available across:

Account Management Jobs

Whether you’re looking to get into wealth management or simply want to manage a number of accounts, thesegraduate account management rolesare for you.

Find account manager jobs at companies likeCiscoorJ.P. Morgan.

Accounting & Tax Jobs

Get started in accounting or tax roles at some of the biggest firms in the country. There are internships and grad schemes available too. Check theaccounting & tax jobsavailable through Debut.

Find accounting & tax jobs at companies likeSiemensorHSBC.

Communications Jobs

Find your new role in the exciting world of Comms and events.Graduate communications jobsspan a wide range of different industries.

We have communications jobs across all sectors, at places like Adecco or Google.

Engineering Jobs

From architect roles through jobs in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and more, Debut has them all. Find yourgraduate engineering jobtoday.

Look to companies likeCapgeminiorAirbusfor engineering jobs.

IT Jobs

IT roles include data analysts, software testing, tech and operations roles across a range of industries and respected businesses. Find the bestgraduate IT roleson Debut.

You’ll find IT jobs in a number of industries, at brands likeBPor Amazon.

Legal Jobs

Land your first legal role from our extensive listings forgraduate legal jobs. Whether you’re after an internship, apprenticeship or simply your first legal fellowship.

Marketing Jobs

Marketing has a whole array of different types of roles available for graduates. From software development through to growth, SEO and in-house marketing. Browse ourgraduate marketing jobs.

Project Management Jobs

Whether you’re looking to manage a portfolio or software development projects, ourgraduate project management jobscould be for you. Get started with project management today.

Find project management jobs at places likeHSBC.

Software Engineering Jobs

If you want to help develop new devices or simply become a superstar developer, agraduate software engineer jobcould be what you’re after. We have positions at some of the biggest companies in the UK available.

When should I start applying for graduate jobs?

You’ll generally find graduate jobs available across most industries available to apply for all year round. The main batch of new jobs, however, tends to be found between September and December. This is when we get new jobs added in larger numbers, which means you’ll want to keep a particularly close eye on job boards and openings, to make sure you don’t miss your perfect opportunity.

As the application for graduate schemes and graduate jobs can be a little longer than your usual application, many open up their opportunities well ahead of the start date. For more information onwhen to apply for graduate positions, check out our in-depth guide. Here, we’ve gone through everything you need to know when planning your job hunting.

Where can I find entry-level graduate jobs in the UK?

On Debut you’ll find graduate roles available across the country. Whether you’re looking for graduate jobs in London, the west midlands or the north west, we’re here to help. Every region of the UK has opportunities for graduates across a number of sectors and job types. Whether you want to find employers in the automotive sector or the very best marketing agencies around, the UK is well covered for graduate schemes, graduate jobs and work experience programmes.

From graduate jobs in central London to work experience and grad schemes in cities like Nottingham and Manchester, we’ve got you covered.

Jobs in LondonJobs in Manchester
Jobs in BirminghamJobs in Nottingham
Jobs in LiverpoolJobs in Leeds
Jobs in CardiffJobs in Edinburgh
Do I have to be a graduate to apply for graduate jobs?

While most of our graduate jobs are designed for recent graduates, you can start applying for any of them before you’ve officially graduated. When most new job adverts are posted, they are expecting applicants to be in the final stages of their degree, rather than an actual graduate.

However, once you’ve graduated there isn’t necessarily a time limit. Whilst most employers would prefer new graduates, you may still be able to apply for a graduate role if you’ve been a postgraduate for a few years and have gained some other experience.

Do you offer jobs for masters graduates?

Graduate jobs aren’t just aimed at post graduates with honours degrees. If you have a masters degree, you can still apply for any of these opportunities. Plus, you may find that there are particular graduate opportunities or schemes that are specifically designed for those with a masters degree.

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Edinburgh at a glance

Fancy heading to a capital city that’s not London? Why not get out of England, and head to the majestic hills of Edinburgh? Not only is it extremely picturesque, but it’s bursting with culture, playing host to the world-famous Fringe Festival every August. It’s also home to historic castles, traditional Scottish pubs and of course the café that J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter in (if you’re a Potterhead, you’ll love this city for sure).

Believe it or not, Edinburgh actually has the lowest unemployment rates of any city in the UK! There are plenty of job opportunities and the city is also home to one of Britain’s most prestigious – and oldest – universities.

Area guide to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is divided into six areas. The city centre features the famous Prince’s Street for shopping, museums and gardens. Grassmarket is nestled in Edinburgh’s Old Town, featuring historic cobbled streets and independent boutiques. The Royal Mile connects the city’s two royal residences (the Castle and the palace of Holyrood House) and is home to a number of tourist attractions, including St Andrew’s Cathedral.

West End is the more bohemian area of the city and Leith is the newer waterfront development, whilst Stockbridge is the ‘village’ area of the city, where many artists and writers have made their homes. If you’re a student, you’ll likely be based in Southside – where you’ll find artisan bakers and chocolatiers as well as great cafés, bars and restaurants.

Explore beyond Edinburgh and you’ll find the rural Lothians. From seaside views to heritage sites and luscious lakes, you can be out in the tranquil countryside before you know it.

Universities in Edinburgh

There are a number of universities and higher education colleges in Edinburgh, including:

Employers in Edinburgh

With a big university presence in the city, many make a living in Edinburgh through the art of academia. Otherwise, some of the biggest employers include Scottish banks like RBS, Lloyds TSB and the Bank of Scotland, or insurance companies such as Standard Life Aberdeen and Scottish Widows. Keep an eye out on Debut for opportunities available in the Edinburgh area!

Edinburgh by Sector
Financial services

Edinburgh has a 300 year history in the world of finance, being the largest centre outside of London. The city is home to Europe’s second largest asset fund manager, Standard Life Aberdeen, as well as several retail and challenger banks. The city is also on the way to becoming one of the biggest fintech hubs, because of advancements in another major sector…

Tech & software

Edinburgh has a very ambitious vision: to become the Data Capital of Europe, and it’s on track to be just that. The city is home to one of the largest incubators for tech start-ups, whilst the University of Edinburgh has committed to training a whopping 100,000 data scientists in the next 10 years. That’s a whole load of tech brains!

Creative industries

This picturesque location isn’t just for tourists; Edinburgh is the backdrop for many films and therefore the home to loads of production companies. The city also hosts several video games companies and of course generates hundreds of jobs every year to help support and run the Fringe Festival.

Cost of Edinburgh

In terms of the UK average Edinburgh is considered quite expensive to live in, but not quite as pricey as The Big Smoke. For a one bed flat in the city centre, you’ll be looking upwards of £550 per month, which drops by £150 if you’re in the outskirts (but you must factor in travel costs with that). The average price of a pint in the Scottish capital is between £3-£4, and an inexpensive restaurant will set you back around £10-£15.

You can get around the city via bus and tram, and a monthly pass will cost a very reasonable £45. And let’s be honest – with some London Oyster Cards being more than triple that, it isn’t bad going.

What are graduate jobs?

A number of companies keep certain jobs back especially for graduates. These graduate jobs are entirely different to both graduate schemes and internships. They’re specifically designed to offer new graduates full time employment in a new field, allowing them to gain important work experience and develop key skills.

How to find graduate jobs?

When you’re trying to find graduate jobs to gain critical work experience, it may seem daunting. Finding full time employment doesn’t have to be difficult though. At Debut Careers, we’re the UK’s No.1 graduate recruitment site and app. We specialise in helping graduates find the ideal role for them. In addition to our graduate job search, you’ll find extensive resources forcareer planning.

We have all of the tools available to help you find the best full time graduate opportunities. We appreciate that there’s only so much you can do online, and know that careers fairs and open days can help, so we’ve put together thestudent guide to networkingand collated everything you need to know aboutattending careersfairs. So from research through to networking and job applications, Debut Careers is here to help you find the best full time graduate jobs and internships.

Why choose Debut for your graduate job search?

So what sets Debut Careers apart? When you’re looking for a graduate job, it’s worth understanding that Debut Careers sets itself apart from the competition, because:

  • We are the biggest resource for graduate careers in the UK

    Not only do we have extensive guides and support, but we actually have more graduate jobs and opportunities than any other graduate careers service, and we can prove it. We have the data to show thatDebut Careers is the biggest resourcein the UK.

  • Our App allows you to browse jobs but also to be headhunted

    Our exclusive app has been designed with your needs front and center. Not only can you browse graduate job opportunities, but it allows employers to be talent-spot and find their ideal candidates. You can track your applications, view resources to help you with your hunt and insights to help you understand the market

  • Opportunities from the UK’s leading employers

    We strive to have the very best opportunities available on our platform. Not only are we the largest resource, but you’ll find graduate job opportunities at some of the biggest UK employers, in London, the North West, West Midlands and all around the country.

What jobs can graduates get?

There are opportunities for graduates across all kinds of different industries and roles. From fashion or finance through to automotive or law. All of these industries have a wide range of opportunities, depending on the job type you’re after. Many places offer work experience, a graduate programme or graduate schemes, but below you’ll find graduate roles available across:

Account Management Jobs

Whether you’re looking to get into wealth management or simply want to manage a number of accounts, thesegraduate account management rolesare for you.

Find account manager jobs at companies likeCiscoorJ.P. Morgan.

Accounting & Tax Jobs

Get started in accounting or tax roles at some of the biggest firms in the country. There are internships and grad schemes available too. Check theaccounting & tax jobsavailable through Debut.

Find accounting & tax jobs at companies likeSiemensorHSBC.

Communications Jobs

Find your new role in the exciting world of Comms and events.Graduate communications jobsspan a wide range of different industries.

We have communications jobs across all sectors, at places like Adecco or Google.

Engineering Jobs

From architect roles through jobs in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and more, Debut has them all. Find yourgraduate engineering jobtoday.

Look to companies likeCapgeminiorAirbusfor engineering jobs.

IT Jobs

IT roles include data analysts, software testing, tech and operations roles across a range of industries and respected businesses. Find the bestgraduate IT roleson Debut.

You’ll find IT jobs in a number of industries, at brands likeBPor Amazon.

Legal Jobs

Land your first legal role from our extensive listings forgraduate legal jobs. Whether you’re after an internship, apprenticeship or simply your first legal fellowship.

Marketing Jobs

Marketing has a whole array of different types of roles available for graduates. From software development through to growth, SEO and in-house marketing. Browse ourgraduate marketing jobs.

Project Management Jobs

Whether you’re looking to manage a portfolio or software development projects, ourgraduate project management jobscould be for you. Get started with project management today.

Find project management jobs at places likeHSBC.

Software Engineering Jobs

If you want to help develop new devices or simply become a superstar developer, agraduate software engineer jobcould be what you’re after. We have positions at some of the biggest companies in the UK available.

When should I start applying for graduate jobs?

You’ll generally find graduate jobs available across most industries available to apply for all year round. The main batch of new jobs, however, tends to be found between September and December. This is when we get new jobs added in larger numbers, which means you’ll want to keep a particularly close eye on job boards and openings, to make sure you don’t miss your perfect opportunity.

As the application for graduate schemes and graduate jobs can be a little longer than your usual application, many open up their opportunities well ahead of the start date. For more information onwhen to apply for graduate positions, check out our in-depth guide. Here, we’ve gone through everything you need to know when planning your job hunting.

Where can I find entry-level graduate jobs in the UK?

On Debut you’ll find graduate roles available across the country. Whether you’re looking for graduate jobs in London, the west midlands or the north west, we’re here to help. Every region of the UK has opportunities for graduates across a number of sectors and job types. Whether you want to find employers in the automotive sector or the very best marketing agencies around, the UK is well covered for graduate schemes, graduate jobs and work experience programmes.

From graduate jobs in central London to work experience and grad schemes in cities like Nottingham and Manchester, we’ve got you covered.

Jobs in LondonJobs in Manchester
Jobs in BirminghamJobs in Nottingham
Jobs in LiverpoolJobs in Leeds
Jobs in CardiffJobs in Edinburgh
Do I have to be a graduate to apply for graduate jobs?

While most of our graduate jobs are designed for recent graduates, you can start applying for any of them before you’ve officially graduated. When most new job adverts are posted, they are expecting applicants to be in the final stages of their degree, rather than an actual graduate.

However, once you’ve graduated there isn’t necessarily a time limit. Whilst most employers would prefer new graduates, you may still be able to apply for a graduate role if you’ve been a postgraduate for a few years and have gained some other experience.

Do you offer jobs for masters graduates?

Graduate jobs aren’t just aimed at post graduates with honours degrees. If you have a masters degree, you can still apply for any of these opportunities. Plus, you may find that there are particular graduate opportunities or schemes that are specifically designed for those with a masters degree.

Connect with leading employers in Edinburgh
Find the grad jobs you didn’t know existed
New opportunities come to you. Four minutes that could set you up for life.
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