The Graduate Training Programme

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Is the Graduate Training Programme For You?

Are you looking for the practical skills and business acumen to back up your degree discipline? Quest’s Graduate Training Programme is the ideal conversion programme for those university graduates seeking to gain the missing business skills from their CVs.

In some cases, a degree simply isn’t enough to enable progression along the career path that you would like to take. Perhaps you have been told at interviews that you lack confidence or the technical expertise, or perhaps personally you don’t feel quite ready yet? If this sounds familiar, then take a look below.

Quest’s Graduate Training Programme is fast-paced, only 12 weeks long and ideal for graduates seeking to develop some commercial and corporate skills before heading out into the workplace. However, it is not only skills training that you will receive at Quest. We have a team of experienced careers coaches working alongside you and your training schedule to help you find a career direction, maximise your employability, and enhance your performance at interview.

Long after you have finished The Graduate Training Programme, and secured your first job, you are always welcome back to seek our advice. With weekly CV clinics and an open-door policy, you are welcome back at any time. Employers are regularly looking to recruit graduates with previous work experience, so when the time comes for you to progress up the career ladder, don’t forget to come back and see us!

Scroll down to see the Training Programme Content.

% of students that secured a job after graduating from The Graduate Training Programme in 2015

85%

Training Programme Content:

Leadership & Management

  • Introduction to leadership and building the team
  • Developing yourself and others
  • Identifying learning styles

Practical Advertising Techniques

  • Learning how to create a targeted business pitch in advertising
  • Exploring budgets, rates and how to advertise products to consumers
  • Introduction to different advertising media and current strategies
  • Exploring social and digital media campaigns including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Business and Communication Skills

  • Writing for business – letters, emails and professional layouts
  • Planning business travel and itineraries
  • Running effective meetings

Professional MS Office Skills

  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Applying IT in a business context
  • Touch typing – speed, accuracy and efficiency

Marketing

  • Introduction to the marketing mix, segmentation and positioning
  • Creating and presenting a marketing plan and business strategy
  • Involves using project, team and time management to meet a marketing brief

Events Management

  • Planning, implementation and time management
  • Budgets and organisation
  • Event evaluation

An Introduction to Business Finance and Law

  • An introduction to Finance and the City
  • Basic Business Finance
  • Understanding your rights, contract law and business legislation

Introduction to Myers Briggs Type Indicators

  • Using a professional profiling tool to explore your natural preferences
  • Exploring the impact of your preferences at work and in a team
  • Enhancing your awareness of how you are perceived by others

Career Development Programme

  • Professional CV writing and targeted covering letters
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Preparing competency-based interview answers
  • Introduction to Recruitment Agencies
  • Tools to research industry sectors and impress at interview

Developing a Professional Wardrobe and Image

  • First impressions for interviews and in the workplace
  • Consultation session with stylist
  • Business dress – shapes, lengths, seasonal colours and style

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