At Step we offer undergraduates and recent graduates a range of work experience opportunities.
These can be short term undergraduate work placements, sandwich placements or graduate internships and jobs. All Step opportunities have a genuine development focus, are structured and often project based and importantly, are all paid!
And did you know that over 80% of our graduate internships turn into permanent graduate jobs!
Will I get paid?
YES, of course! If you are on an internship or a sandwich placement (as well as permanent roles of course) you will receive a salary of at least the national minimum or living wage. Details of the salary for a role and any other benefits will be included in the job description.
What is the chance that my placement will turn permanent?
Over 80% of Step graduate internships turn into permanent graduate roles, however this will depend on the nature of the project and the requirements of the host company. Sometimes we include this in the description of the role. Where a company is not in a position to offer a permanent position, the internship will still offer you a valuable development opportunity to add to your CV and help open doors to future permanent roles.
When will I hear back from my application?
The matching and selection process can take a few weeks and if there are a lot of applicants you may not hear from us until a couple of weeks until after the closing deadline.
But please also note that the deadlines used on our adverts are for guidance only. We advise all interested parties to apply as soon as possible since many of the companies we work with are seeking a swift solution for their internship/job opportunity. We reserve the right to close advertisements prior to the stated deadline.
I have received an email from Smart Recruit Online – What does this mean?
Don’t worry it is still us! Smart Recruit Online is the just the Applicant Tracking System we have chosen to use. When applying for an opportunity you will receive a GDPR email, make sure you click the link to activate your account.
How do I apply?
Apply to a job by submitting your CV. You can also speculatively submit your CV here. We then may ask you to submit an application form containing questions about your degree, employment and to provide a supporting statement outlining your interest and suitability in the role. If you meet the required criteria for an opportunity we will contact you to check all your details. You may then have to attend a telephone interview and or undertake an assessment before hopefully progressing to a formal interview with the company.
What type of companies do you work with?
Step placement opportunities are generally hosted by smaller growing and dynamic businesses. In this type of company you are more likely to experience all aspects of working in a commercial environment. You’re likely to meet everyone who works in the business and gain a much deeper understanding of how that business works. That said, Step also work with some leading global brands like Puma. There is a lot of competition for these internships as the companies demand the highest calibre candidates.
Where can I look for accommodation if I were to re-locate?
There are many websites that you can use to look for accommodation from Gumtree to easyroomate.com and spareroom.co.uk. In the past, these websites have helped our candidates however just by simply searching in Google by location, you will easily find useful websites. It may seem like common sense but make sure to search by criteria to ensure that you get the best search results.
Why did I receive a standard rejection from Step?
Because you sent us a standard application. You could have been rejected for a many number of reasons. It could be due to location, if the commute is long distance and you are unable to re-locate then we will have to reject your application. Make sure that your degree is relevant to the application that you are applying for, i.e. if you have studied English Literature but are applying for an engineering role, is it highly unlikely that will submit your application. Due to the high volume of applicants we are unable to reply to each application with reasons why you may have been unsuccessful.