FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

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Who exactly is eligible to apply?
The ScotGrad programme is open to all graduates who:

  • Have graduated at degree or postgraduate level from a higher education institution within the past four years
  • Or have graduated with an HNC or HND within the past four years
  • Are not currently studying
  • Have no more than one year's relevant (graduate-level) work experience since their latest qualification

If you meet these criteria, and have the required skills for the placement, you can apply.

I don't graduate until the summer, can I apply now?
You can apply if the placement is advertised as starting after you have finished your course. However, you can start applying up to six months before your graduate. Bear in mind you will need to take time to prepare your application and attend interviews, and the employer may wish to take someone on straight away.

You should have a letter from your university confirming your marks and that you have passed your course before starting your placement.

I don't graduate until next year, can I apply yet?
No, but if you have more than one year of your studies to complete, you can apply for a ScotGrad student placement instead. 

I do not have an Honours Degree, can I apply?
Yes, unless the placement advertisement specifically requests an Honours Degree as part of their requirements.

Is there a minimum degree classification required?
No, unless the placement advertisement specifically requests one.

Do you only recruit from certain courses?
No, employers recruit from all degree disciplines, as well as HNC and HND courses. There are some technical roles (e.g. Engineering) that require specific degree backgrounds, but each advertisement will be clear about the qualifications you need. Remember that as long as you have the required skills for the placement you can apply. 

Can I apply for more than one placement?

Yes, but be clear about your motivations for each one. A tailored application is much more effective than copy and pasting your application from one to another.

What's the deadline for applications?
Each placement is advertised with its own deadline with new placements available on a weekly basis.

What's the application process?
Information on the application process is available on our How to Apply page.

Are there assessment centres?
It is very unlikely, however each interview process is different. You may be asked to sit a test as part of the process (online or in person) and/or prepare a presentation. Some employers may also ask you to undertake a practical task during the interview to assess your skills. 

I don't have any formal work experience, can I apply?

Yes. The ScotGrad programme is designed to give you that first piece of graduate-level work experience. If a company is looking for any specific work experience, it will say so in the placement advert. 

I don't live near the placement company. Will I be helped to move?
No. It is your responsibility to find and pay for suitable accommodation. In some cases, for example, more remote placements, the employer may be able to suggest suitable accommodation.

How much will I earn?

Each placement is different. The minimum annual salary is £16,500, which will be pro-rata for the length of your placement. Many companies pay more than the minimum, and some will also include performance-related bonus schemes. Salaries can be anywhere from £16,500 - £35,000 p.a.

Will I receive training whilst on a placement?

Your company is responsible for training you in the specific areas required to undertake your placement. If your placement is in the Highlands and Islands, you will also have the opportunity to attend the residential business skills ScotGrad Training Course.

What kind of support will I receive during my placement?

Your line manager will be your first point of contact at the host company and a member of the ScotGrad team will be in touch during your placement to enquire about the progress of your project and how you are getting on within the organisation.

You can contact a member of the ScotGrad team at any point during your placement if you have any questions, concerns or general feedback.

Once you’ve started your placement you will be invited to the ScotGrad LinkedIn group where you can network with other ScotGrad participants.

What makes a good application?
There are lots of hints and tips in our Careers Advice section here.

What if I'm an international graduate?

You may require a visa to work full time in the UK. You are responsible for arranging this yourself and ensuring compliance with UK Visas and Immigration requirements. 

Please refer to the TalentScotland website and the UK Visas and Immigration website for more information, or contact the International Guidance Officer at your university or college for advice.

ScotGrad is unable to sponsor workers.

Find more information on our Eligibility page.

I didn't study in Scotland, can I still apply?
Yes, provided you fulfil the other eligibility criteria and the specific requirements for the placement.