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London at a glance

Whilst some see London as a hotbed of job and education opportunities – with many employers operating their HQ’s in the capital and lots of institutions available – others believe that the cost of general day-to-day life in the big city outweighs the benefits that it brings.

At the end of the day it really comes down to both your personal situation and career. If you move to London, you have to be prepared for a fast pace. With over 8 million residents, it’s by far the most populated area to move to, and rent can cost almost double of what you’d pay in other cities (though many salaries are higher in return).

However, London is also home to world-class culture, top tourist hot spots and some of the country’s best talent – it’s guaranteed that you won’t be bored by living in the capital.

Area guide to London

London is divided into 33 different boroughs and nine ‘zones’, which will affect the cost of your rent and commute.

Let’s set expectations now; as a student or graduate, you probably won’t be able to afford a place in Central London (or Zone 1), so you’ll have to look at other neighbourhoods. Whilst it can be tempting to go for the most popular areas – like Clapham or Camden – your daily commute will have the biggest impact on your lifestyle, so this should be the deciding factor when picking a place to live.

From the city you can also easily reach places like Windsor, Colchester, Winchester, Brighton and Stonehenge. London is also the perfect place for any budding travellers, as you can hop on the Eurostar and be in Paris or Brussels in a couple of hours.

Universities in London

London has the biggest plethora of universities in the country, offering a combined total of over 30,000 courses from universities that range from Russell Group to metropolitan institutions.

London also has over 120 different libraries including the British Library, which houses one of the largest collections of books in the world.

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

There are also a number of specialised colleges and institutions for anyone seeking a more alternative form of higher education. Some of the most famous include:

Several universities from around the country also have campuses down in London, includingCoventry University,Newcastle University and many more. There are also partner international universities, such asRichmond, The American International University in London.

Employers in London

It’s difficult to pick out the top London employers as so many companies have offices in the capital. In fact, more than 75% of the Fortune 500 companies have London offices; so whatever industry or company you’re looking to work for, London is a solid bet.

Just some of the companies based in London include: EY, Arcadia, BT, E.ON, HSBC, Rolls-Royce, Shell, Siemens and Willis Towers Watson. Some of the roles are actually live right now; scroll up to see more, or open the Debut app!

London by Sector

With headquarters spanning across the city, London is known for several sectors that exist in various districts. It’s home to both multinationals and startups alike, so the opportunities are vast – especially when it comes to making global connections. Here are some of the top industries available in the capital:

Technology

As we originated as a tech startup around Old Street, we have to mention this one! Technology is the fastest growing sector; with roles available in AI, Blockchain, Cyber, Software Development and more. It’s also an incredibly diverse sector – with startups, SMEs and multinationals all on the hunt for techies to join their teams.

Finance

Both Canary Wharf and Bank are the homes for the financial services in London. Most jobs in this sector are with some of the big banking giants – like HSBC and Barclays – or in accountancy firms like EY and KPMG. Alternatively, many businesses do advertise for finance roles to work alongside the company, looking after their cash flow.

Creative

London is the home of creative companies in the UK, with many based around the Soho area. From Marketing, Advertising, PR and Journalism, to Design, Media and TV/Film/Games. But be warned: competition is fierce amongst applicants, so you’ll have to stand out from the crowd.

Transport in London

There’s no denying that living in the capital comes with a pretty hefty price tag, and there’s good reason for that. London is home to a world of culture, diversity, first-class entertainment, vast career opportunities and more avocado eateries than you can shake a stick at.

For a typical room in a house-share, you’ll be looking at £600-750 a month, again depending on location and how luxurious you want to go. Make sure to add on an extra £100-ish a month for bills (including council tax).

But also don’t forget the cost of travel; most residents get around via an Oyster Card, and students get a discount for off-peak travel. Your monthly fares will differ depending on what zones you’re travelling in and out of, and whether or not you pay for a monthly travel card or pay-as-you-go. You probably won’t need a car in London, especially with the outrageously expensive parking and congestion zones!

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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London at a glance

Whilst some see London as a hotbed of job and education opportunities – with many employers operating their HQ’s in the capital and lots of institutions available – others believe that the cost of general day-to-day life in the big city outweighs the benefits that it brings.

At the end of the day it really comes down to both your personal situation and career. If you move to London, you have to be prepared for a fast pace. With over 8 million residents, it’s by far the most populated area to move to, and rent can cost almost double of what you’d pay in other cities (though many salaries are higher in return).

However, London is also home to world-class culture, top tourist hot spots and some of the country’s best talent – it’s guaranteed that you won’t be bored by living in the capital.

Area guide to London

London is divided into 33 different boroughs and nine ‘zones’, which will affect the cost of your rent and commute.

Let’s set expectations now; as a student or graduate, you probably won’t be able to afford a place in Central London (or Zone 1), so you’ll have to look at other neighbourhoods. Whilst it can be tempting to go for the most popular areas – like Clapham or Camden – your daily commute will have the biggest impact on your lifestyle, so this should be the deciding factor when picking a place to live.

From the city you can also easily reach places like Windsor, Colchester, Winchester, Brighton and Stonehenge. London is also the perfect place for any budding travellers, as you can hop on the Eurostar and be in Paris or Brussels in a couple of hours.

Universities in London

London has the biggest plethora of universities in the country, offering a combined total of over 30,000 courses from universities that range from Russell Group to metropolitan institutions.

London also has over 120 different libraries including the British Library, which houses one of the largest collections of books in the world.

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

There are also a number of specialised colleges and institutions for anyone seeking a more alternative form of higher education. Some of the most famous include:

Several universities from around the country also have campuses down in London, includingCoventry University,Newcastle University and many more. There are also partner international universities, such asRichmond, The American International University in London.

Employers in London

It’s difficult to pick out the top London employers as so many companies have offices in the capital. In fact, more than 75% of the Fortune 500 companies have London offices; so whatever industry or company you’re looking to work for, London is a solid bet.

Just some of the companies based in London include: EY, Arcadia, BT, E.ON, HSBC, Rolls-Royce, Shell, Siemens and Willis Towers Watson. Some of the roles are actually live right now; scroll up to see more, or open the Debut app!

London by Sector

With headquarters spanning across the city, London is known for several sectors that exist in various districts. It’s home to both multinationals and startups alike, so the opportunities are vast – especially when it comes to making global connections. Here are some of the top industries available in the capital:

Technology

As we originated as a tech startup around Old Street, we have to mention this one! Technology is the fastest growing sector; with roles available in AI, Blockchain, Cyber, Software Development and more. It’s also an incredibly diverse sector – with startups, SMEs and multinationals all on the hunt for techies to join their teams.

Finance

Both Canary Wharf and Bank are the homes for the financial services in London. Most jobs in this sector are with some of the big banking giants – like HSBC and Barclays – or in accountancy firms like EY and KPMG. Alternatively, many businesses do advertise for finance roles to work alongside the company, looking after their cash flow.

Creative

London is the home of creative companies in the UK, with many based around the Soho area. From Marketing, Advertising, PR and Journalism, to Design, Media and TV/Film/Games. But be warned: competition is fierce amongst applicants, so you’ll have to stand out from the crowd.

Transport in London

There’s no denying that living in the capital comes with a pretty hefty price tag, and there’s good reason for that. London is home to a world of culture, diversity, first-class entertainment, vast career opportunities and more avocado eateries than you can shake a stick at.

For a typical room in a house-share, you’ll be looking at £600-750 a month, again depending on location and how luxurious you want to go. Make sure to add on an extra £100-ish a month for bills (including council tax).

But also don’t forget the cost of travel; most residents get around via an Oyster Card, and students get a discount for off-peak travel. Your monthly fares will differ depending on what zones you’re travelling in and out of, and whether or not you pay for a monthly travel card or pay-as-you-go. You probably won’t need a car in London, especially with the outrageously expensive parking and congestion zones!

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 London
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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