Graduate Jobs Leeds

Leeds at a glance

Leeds is notorious for being one of the most ‘hipster’ cities in the UK. With a thriving social scene, boat loads of attractions and a famously good nightlife for students, you’re guaranteed to have a great time there. It’s the third biggest city in the UK, home to a population of over 800,00 people and also housing hundreds of companies from a range of sectors.

It’s a great option for anyone who is looking to reap the rewards of a cultural city without the hefty price tag that London brings. Rent is cheap, as are general living costs, and travel is easy between some of the other big northern powerhouse cities. Leeds is the self-proclaimed ‘unofficial capital of Yorkshire’, but don’t let Sheffield or York hear us say that!

Area guide to Leeds

Leeds has a big university population, with Hyde Park, Headingley and Burley being some of the most popular hubs for student and graduate dwellers. All of these areas include lots of independent cafes, bars and restaurants, many of which boast discounts for students. Leeds is also home to the famous ‘Otley Run’ pub crawl – spend any weekend in the city and you’ll be certain to spot all the students taking part (most likely in fancy dress).

The city itself is quite small, with universities, neighbourhoods and downtown all within walking distance. Besides its huge cultural scene – with a range of theatres, museums and galleries – there’s also huge hub for shopping. Trinity Leeds offers all the high-street brands, whilst the Corn Exchange and Arcades host lots of quirky boutiques. Besides everything to do in the city itself, you’re right on the doorstep of stunning rural landscapes, including the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors nearby – plus easy links to Manchester, Sheffield and York.

Universities in Leeds

Leeds is home to two of the biggest universities in the country – University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett – as well as a number of smaller institutions, including conservatoires.

Here’s a comprehensive list of the institutions that you’ll be able to study at in Leeds:

Employers in Leeds

Hundreds of big employers have major operations in the city, so there’s a wide scope for graduate roles. From law and finance to retail and technology, whatever sector you’re interested in, Leeds will have roles perfect for you.

Some of the companies who have offices in Leeds include FDM, Arcadia, Colas, EY and Mediacom. And guess what? They all advertise their roles on Debut, so keep checking in to be the first to hear when roles go live.

Leeds by Sector

This Yorkshire hub is the UK’s fastest growing city and the biggest driver of the region overall, turning over £64.6 million to the economy. It also has one of the most diverse economies in the country, with a range of opportunities to choose from.

Finance

What many people don’t realise is that outside of London, Leeds is probably the biggest financial centre in the UK. 343,000 people are employed in the financial, legal, business support and professional sectors, and 200 accountancy and 180 legal firms are based in the city. There are particular strengths in banking, insurance and fintech.

Manufacturing

Leeds has one of the largest employment centres for manufacturing, and succeeds in three key areas; market size, workforce skills and supply chain. The region itself is also renowned across the world for technical and scientific capabilities in metrology, robotics, materials and the digitalisation of manufacturing. Which leads very nicely into our next sector…

Creative & digital

Yorkshire was named the top region for creative industries, with Leeds itself having more than 3,000 creative businesses. Media giant Channel 4 also relocated its HQ to Leeds, a big step in moving away from the graduate brain-drain of London. In the last year, the number of tech jobs in Leeds has risen by 46%, and is home to some of the North’s fastest growing tech businesses.

Cost of living in Leeds

Possibly the greatest thing about Northern living is how cheap everything is. It’s been ranked as the UK’s best city for quality of life, taking into account health, education, income and living costs. With living costs on average £377 per week, and a typical pint costing a mere £2.40, Leeds comes in at 16.59% cheaper than London. What a bargain.

Leeds’ residents get all the benefits of living in an exciting vibrant cosmopolitan hub without the price tag. Like most Northern cities, rent is comparatively cheaper than down south and it’s easier to dine out and go for after-work drinks on a shoestring. You’ll still have access to some fantastic employment opportunities and career development paths, but you might actually be able to save money at the same time.

Travel around the city is relatively easy; most places are within walking distance anyway, but otherwise a student ticket on the bus will cost you a measly £1.20. Result! You can also travel to London quite cheaply – with a return ticket with a railcard costing around £35 if you book at the right time.

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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Leeds at a glance

Leeds is notorious for being one of the most ‘hipster’ cities in the UK. With a thriving social scene, boat loads of attractions and a famously good nightlife for students, you’re guaranteed to have a great time there. It’s the third biggest city in the UK, home to a population of over 800,00 people and also housing hundreds of companies from a range of sectors.

It’s a great option for anyone who is looking to reap the rewards of a cultural city without the hefty price tag that London brings. Rent is cheap, as are general living costs, and travel is easy between some of the other big northern powerhouse cities. Leeds is the self-proclaimed ‘unofficial capital of Yorkshire’, but don’t let Sheffield or York hear us say that!

Area guide to Leeds

Leeds has a big university population, with Hyde Park, Headingley and Burley being some of the most popular hubs for student and graduate dwellers. All of these areas include lots of independent cafes, bars and restaurants, many of which boast discounts for students. Leeds is also home to the famous ‘Otley Run’ pub crawl – spend any weekend in the city and you’ll be certain to spot all the students taking part (most likely in fancy dress).

The city itself is quite small, with universities, neighbourhoods and downtown all within walking distance. Besides its huge cultural scene – with a range of theatres, museums and galleries – there’s also huge hub for shopping. Trinity Leeds offers all the high-street brands, whilst the Corn Exchange and Arcades host lots of quirky boutiques. Besides everything to do in the city itself, you’re right on the doorstep of stunning rural landscapes, including the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors nearby – plus easy links to Manchester, Sheffield and York.

Universities in Leeds

Leeds is home to two of the biggest universities in the country – University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett – as well as a number of smaller institutions, including conservatoires.

Here’s a comprehensive list of the institutions that you’ll be able to study at in Leeds:

Employers in Leeds

Hundreds of big employers have major operations in the city, so there’s a wide scope for graduate roles. From law and finance to retail and technology, whatever sector you’re interested in, Leeds will have roles perfect for you.

Some of the companies who have offices in Leeds include FDM, Arcadia, Colas, EY and Mediacom. And guess what? They all advertise their roles on Debut, so keep checking in to be the first to hear when roles go live.

Leeds by Sector

This Yorkshire hub is the UK’s fastest growing city and the biggest driver of the region overall, turning over £64.6 million to the economy. It also has one of the most diverse economies in the country, with a range of opportunities to choose from.

Finance

What many people don’t realise is that outside of London, Leeds is probably the biggest financial centre in the UK. 343,000 people are employed in the financial, legal, business support and professional sectors, and 200 accountancy and 180 legal firms are based in the city. There are particular strengths in banking, insurance and fintech.

Manufacturing

Leeds has one of the largest employment centres for manufacturing, and succeeds in three key areas; market size, workforce skills and supply chain. The region itself is also renowned across the world for technical and scientific capabilities in metrology, robotics, materials and the digitalisation of manufacturing. Which leads very nicely into our next sector…

Creative & digital

Yorkshire was named the top region for creative industries, with Leeds itself having more than 3,000 creative businesses. Media giant Channel 4 also relocated its HQ to Leeds, a big step in moving away from the graduate brain-drain of London. In the last year, the number of tech jobs in Leeds has risen by 46%, and is home to some of the North’s fastest growing tech businesses.

Cost of living in Leeds

Possibly the greatest thing about Northern living is how cheap everything is. It’s been ranked as the UK’s best city for quality of life, taking into account health, education, income and living costs. With living costs on average £377 per week, and a typical pint costing a mere £2.40, Leeds comes in at 16.59% cheaper than London. What a bargain.

Leeds’ residents get all the benefits of living in an exciting vibrant cosmopolitan hub without the price tag. Like most Northern cities, rent is comparatively cheaper than down south and it’s easier to dine out and go for after-work drinks on a shoestring. You’ll still have access to some fantastic employment opportunities and career development paths, but you might actually be able to save money at the same time.

Travel around the city is relatively easy; most places are within walking distance anyway, but otherwise a student ticket on the bus will cost you a measly £1.20. Result! You can also travel to London quite cheaply – with a return ticket with a railcard costing around £35 if you book at the right time.

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 Leeds
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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