Where to find unusual graduate jobs

  February 20, 2017

For a lot of graduate job seekers there are a few tried and tested approaches for 'successful' job hunting. Well-known graduate job platforms are extremely popular with a lot a job seekers, and for good reason. This is typically where the big brands will go to advertise their schemes and vacancies. But what if you're not after a position with one of the big companies, and don't want to enter into the world of the formal graduate scheme? Where can you go to find more unusual or specialise roles?

Industry job boards

If you are particularly keen in getting a job in a specific industry, then specialist job boards in this area will be your best friend. Some will have graduate specific roles available but typically the vacancies on these sites will be aimed at more experienced employees, but don't let that put you off. The importance of experience is often outweighed by enthusiasm and passion, and as long as you are upfront about your lack of formal work experience in the field, you've got nothing to lose in applying via this route.


An incredibly powerful option for job hunters, even graduates, but one that is rarely used. Chances are that you know at least a few people who work in companies or industries you might be interested in, so take advantage of those connections and see if you can't get someone to put in a good word for you. As it's a personal referral it will often carry more weight, and whoever is referring you can offer a more in depth account of who you are and what you can offer than a CV can. Start chatting to friends and family and see if anyone you know might be able to help you find something a bit different to that usual grad scheme route.

Happy Work

At Happy Work we are pleased to say we have a huge range of companies and vacancies available to those who sign up; some are via a formal graduate scheme approach, but a lot of the companies we work with are start-ups, small and medium businesses, and larger organisations looking for employees rather than graduates. We can help you hit the ground running with our unique approach to job hunting. We'll match you with a company looking for someone just like you, and all you have to do is fill in your Happy Work profile (for free too).