UK early careers

Do you want a career that’s for the bold? Where you’ll be energised and inspired by the people around you and diversity of thought is a superpower? In the UK we have a variety of early careers opportunities where you can power your curiosity, be supported to drive your career and make a difference to society.

At PA, you’ll be shaping the future.

There are loads of stories about PA helping do really great things that don’t just help businesses be successful, but help society do great things.”

Graduate programmes in the UK

If you’re a graduate, you can enter one of our major business areas directly or enter one of our rotational schemes. We have several streams available for you to join. If you have a specialist background, and already know the path you want to take, you can move into a flexible programme in digital, or design, engineering, and science. If not, you can enter one of our rotational schemes for a breadth of experience before you specialise. Either way, you’ll develop key skills from day one, setting you up for success and preparing you for your future career.


As a graduate consultant, you can join one of two 18-month rotational schemes: strategy & growth, or business transformation.

Whichever you choose, we’ll place real trust in you from day one, valuing the unique perspective you’ll bring to our dynamic team. Starting as an Analyst, you’ll experience a breadth of business areas before you decide on your future career path.


Our digital scheme is pushing boundaries as we design and deliver ever more advanced solutions to prepare our clients for a bold future. You'll join an 18–month programme, working with several teams across digital and gaining experience in different sectors, helping to drive innovation through new technologies.

Design, engineering, & science (DES)

Within our DES scheme you’ll have the opportunity to work in our Global Innovation and Technology Centre where we turn ingenious ideas into physical and digital reality. As you join the programme, you'll work within one of our specialist teams across DES, gaining valuable experience to support you in developing as an expert within a specific sector. We also have opportunities to join us a research consultant where you can work within one of our specialist teams, acquiring a foundational grounding in qualitative, quantitative, and/or digital community-based research. These roles will be based in our Farringdon office.

Summer internships

If you’re a penultimate-year undergraduate (or finalist planning a Masters), we have a number of summer internship options available. Our internships are 8 weeks long and will give you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and insights into life at PA.

Industrial placements

Several of our services and sectors offer 12-month placements for students requiring a year in industry as part of your degree. Complete the year successfully and you can expect to be fast-tracked through the graduate recruitment process when you finish your studies.


We can offer you unique opportunities to develop your skills and gain hands on software development experience on some of the most the complex digital initiatives, where you’ll be using contemporary coding platforms and modern tooling – working alongside our top digital talent.

During your time on the Apprenticeship at PA, you’ll learn some of what it takes to be a top-notch software developer and consultant. You’ll be coached and guided by experts and have countless opportunities to broaden your experience on challenging projects and programmes. Whatever you work on, you’ll be part of the team and free to grow your networks, both here at PA and far beyond.

You will be enrolled on the L6 Digital Technology Solutions apprenticeship delivered by QA training. On successful completion of the 3-year apprenticeship you will gain a L6 Bachelors Degree in Digital & Technology Solutions Professional.

Inclusion and diversity

We believe diversity fuels ingenuity. Diversity of thought brings exciting perspectives; diversity of experience brings a wealth of knowledge, and diversity of skills brings the tools we need. When we bring people together with diverse backgrounds, identities, and minds, embracing that difference through an inclusive culture where our people thrive; we unleash the power of diversity – bringing ingenuity to life.

We recruit, retain, reward and develop our people based solely on their abilities and contributions and without reference to their age, background, disability, genetic information, parental or family status, religion or belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (or expression), political belief veteran status, or other by any other range of human difference brought about by identity and experience. We are on a journey towards ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels and that our firm is representative of the world around us. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

Adjustments or accommodations

Should you need any adjustments or accommodations to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us.

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