Graduate Scheme

Applications for 2021/2022 have now closed

Why the HL Graduate Scheme?

If you’re looking to build a career with a market leading investment company but aren’t sure where you want to specialise then this is the programme for you. As part of the HL graduate scheme you will rotate around different parts of the organisation for 2 years. You will have the opportunity to influence your rotations based on your own preferences and will gain an industry leading qualification along the way. You’ll have the opportunity to take ownership of your work, engage with stakeholders at all levels of the organisation, and foster innovation by looking for ways to do it better.

We believe we have a workplace like no other, with constant learning, dynamic teams and a great ethos. We're steered by core values that promote service, quality, innovation, and opportunity in everything we do. We believe in working as one HL and in building an inclusive culture where everyone brings their whole selves to work. We strive for all colleagues to understand how their role and their teams work contributes towards achieving our strategy. Without our colleagues, we wouldn’t be able to fulfil our purpose of empowering clients to save and invest with confidence.

We don’t just make a difference to our clients. We care about our colleagues and our community. You’ll have a chance to join our networking groups, get involved in the community, and take two paid days to volunteer each year. We’ve raised over £490,000 since the HL Foundation was set up in 2016, and despite COVID 19, in 2020 over 200 colleagues spent more than 1,000 hours volunteering in our local community. We also know how important it is for our employees to strike a balance between their work and personal lives, and offer a range of services and internal networks to support our colleagues to do this. Find out more about HL’s networks, colleague development and wellbeing support here.

What's our programme?

A two year, bespoke, rotational programme focused on building talent based in our head office in Bristol. Our scheme offers flexibility and allows you to take control of your career from the outset. If you’re interested in building a career where you can make an immediate impact then our graduate programme could be for you.

You’ll have the opportunity to work across the organisation, deepen your understanding of our clients, the investment industry and HL as a whole. You’ll build essential skills, and have the experiences needed to gain an in-depth knowledge of HL, setting you up for a successful career as a technical specialist or a future leader.

Look at our grad journeys below to find out what your day to day role might involve and what Departments you could rotate in. No graduate journey is the same.

No matter the path you choose, during the 2 years you will:

• Have a tailored induction

• Develop soft skills through workshops and training

• Have a previous graduate as a mentor and a senior coach to support you

• Work closely with senior leaders and deliver key projects

• Gain a professional qualification

• Gain an in-depth understanding of HL and how it works

• Have the opportunities needed to help you accelerate your career at HL

• Discover where you want to specialise

What we’re looking for on the HL graduate scheme

You’ll need a 2:2 degree or above, in any discipline, from any university.

We are looking for talented people just like you - who are eager to learn, have ambition and enthusiasm and bring different perspectives to HL. If you want to make a difference and develop to reach your full potential, then we’re looking for you.

We want our graduates to bring different experiences, skills and knowledge as these differences allow us to learn, grow and drive HL forwards.

Graduate Scheme FAQs

How many rotations will I do on the scheme?
Graduates will complete 6-8 business wide rotations across the 2-year programme. All graduates start their Graduate Scheme with a rotation in one of our Service Departments to give you an in-depth understanding of our systems, processes and our clients.

Do I have to have a finance background?
No, we accept applications from graduates of any discipline and any University as long as you have achieved or are expected to achieve a 2:2 or above. We are looking for people with a range of experiences and skillsets. We are an inclusive employer and encourage applicants from all backgrounds. If you’re excited to work for us, we want to hear from you.

I haven’t graduated yet, can I apply for the scheme?
Yes, if you are in your final year at University and on course to graduate with a 2:2 or above you can apply. You will begin your Graduate Scheme in September 2022.

Where is HL based?
Our office is based in Bristol in the City Centre.

Does HL sponsor visas for international students?
No, unfortunately this is not something we offer currently.

When would I be expected to start work?
Successful applicants will start in September 2022.

What qualification will I study for with the scheme?
CII Level 4 Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning

How many graduates does HL take on each year?
Our scheme is a 2-year, bespoke, rotational programme focused on building talent. It offers flexibility and allows you to take control of your career from the outset, no graduate journey is the same. Therefore, we recruit for 5 places each year and focus on developing that talent.

Are there opportunities to travel with the job?
Hargreaves Lansdown is a Bristol-based firm, although you may have the opportunity to travel across the UK or to our office in Warsaw dependant on your rotation.

What is the process like for internal candidates?
We welcome internal colleagues to apply for our Graduate Scheme. The application process will be the same as external candidates, with applications opening on the 4 October.

If you have a question that isn’t covered by any of the above, or need any further information, please contact us by emailing

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Graduate journeys

On the graduate scheme, you rotate across a number of different departments. After starting your journey on the Investment Helpdesk everyone’s journey becomes unique to them. Below are two of our graduate’s journeys from their first rotations up to their last.

Georgina Lewis

Investment Research

Helped to manage relationships between our investment team and financial advisers. This involved coordinating and running of seminars and webinars for advisers.

Workplace Solutions

As part of the sales team I focused on utilising data and reaching prospective clients. I also worked with our marketing team running social media campaigns, events for potential clients in London and producing articles to educate employers on the importance of pensions.

Digital Product

Part of an agile squad, looking at improving our client journeys and facilitating user research to improve our understanding of current and future client’s needs.

Learning & Development

Delivering and facilitating colleague training sessions and inductions. To further support colleague develop I launched our internal mentoring programme and presented on the success of it to the wider People Team and some of our HL Networks.


Looked at aligning our CSR work to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This involved attending external seminars, research and redesigning our CSR website page to demonstrate our commitment as a business to the wider community.

Alice Wood

Client Insight

Learnt the coding language SQL and the data I produced was used to better understand client’s needs and help departments make data driven decisions. Part of this work included presenting findings to senior leaders.

Investment Research

I focused on understanding our client’s appetite for different investment products. This involved extensive market research and facilitating client focus groups. Also worked with the HL Select team to analyse stocks and research companies.


Investigated and developed our approach to Change management, and presented potential initiatives to the senior change team. I also helped coordinate the delivery of our annual operating plan.

Technology Strategy

Supporting and coordinating the development of the technology strategy and communicating this to key stakeholders including those in our Bristol office and to our colleagues in Warsaw.


Part of an agile squad, learning about agile methodology and improving our client journeys. Involved running user research and working with third parties.