Graduate Scheme

We will not be recruiting for HL’s Graduate Scheme this year to give us time to review the business needs for the programme.

Why join HL?

At HL, we believe in supporting the local community, minimising our environmental impact and ensuring our actions have a positive impact on society. As a graduate, you'll have two paid days to volunteer each year and can join one of our employee networks to make a positive contribute to HL's inclusive culture.

Being a graduate at HL

Our two-year graduate schemes are focused on giving you continuous opportunities to learn and grow. All schemes are designed to give you exposure to multiple teams where you can work on challenging projects, learn from others and obtain industry-recognised qualifications.

At HL, our clients are at the heart of what we do. That's why all our schemes start with time on the Helpdesk, where you will support new and existing clients, and in our Risk and Compliance teams where you will deepen your understanding of HL, our culture and the industry. This knowledge will be invaluable as you begin your rotations within your chosen area of the business.

You will also get to know other graduates to build the life-long connections and a broad support network that will stay with you throughout your career.

Video transcript

The words "HL Careers Graduate Scheme" appear on screen

The words "What's it like to work at HL?" appear on screen, Fiona Mu speaks to camera:

"Hargreaves Lansdown is a very welcoming and warm environment. Everybody is so friendly and always willing to go the extra mile for you. There are so many opportunities to get involved in things such as sports, socials, volunteering, employee networks and projects which challenge you and support your personal development."

The words "How has HL supported your career development?" appear on screen, Oren Henry speaks to camera:

"HL has given me great access to a number of successful senior leaders within the financial services industry. These leaders have guided me towards opportunities to learn and have offered mentorship that has helped massively with my development as a professional."

The words "What do you enjoy about the graduate scheme?" appear on screen, Charlie Williams speaks to camera:

"For me, the most enjoyable part of the scheme has definitely been the rotational nature. I'm about to walk into my fifth rotation and each business area has been completely different. Together, this has given me a breath of understanding of not only the investment platform industry, but also how different teams work together to a common objective. Working in areas outside of my rotation, such as side projects has also helped develop my learning."

The words 'What advice would you give to students who want to apply to the graduate scheme?' appear on screen, Ben Chapman speaks to camera:

"Be yourself, understand your strengths and define key skills you'd like to develop through the scheme. The rotational nature of the scheme means that each graduate has the opportunity to shape their own unique path. Demonstrating an understanding of why the scheme is right for you and how you would like to develop through the scheme is a great place to start."

The words "Why should others apply to the graduate scheme?" appear on screen, Tara Clee speaks to camera:

"The opportunities to grow and shape your career path are unparalleled. Many schemes are quite rigid and offer limited career prospects, but HL's program opens the door for many future roles. Our previous graduates have joined roles across Product, Finance, Investments and Fund Research, Marketing and HR, to name a few. If you're wanting to explore the various areas of HL - you have the opportunity."

The words "To find out more and apply please visit" appear on screen.

Two HL workers playing table tennis

What we're looking for

Starting out in your career can be difficult. That's why we strive to be as inclusive as possible by focusing more on the individual than the background.

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

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

You'll need a 2:2 degree or above, in any discipline, unless specified by the scheme, from any university.

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

  • Develop your skills through workshops and training as part of the Graduate Learning Journey

  • Have a dedicated mentor and line manager

  • Gain exposure to senior leaders to find out more about their career paths and benefit from their knowledge

  • Work on important projects that matter to HL

  • Build a broad understanding of HL, our clients and our industry

  • Gain a professional qualification, relevant to your business area

  • Learn more about your strengths and your passions to discover where you want to go next

  • Build a network of supportive colleagues you can learn from and have fun with

Graduate Scheme FAQs

Do I have to have a specific degree background?
We accept graduates of any discipline and any university as long as you have achieved or are expected to achieve a 2:2 or above, unless otherwise stated in the job description.

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 2023.

Where is HL based?
Our office is based in Bristol, On the harbourside.

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

Will I be working full time in the office or hybrid?’
At Hargreaves Lansdown, the majority of roles are hybrid. In your first 6 months, due to the nature of your induction, you will be required to come to the office full time, unless agreed in advance with your manager. Different teams have a different blend of hybrid working so the amount of time you are in the office and working from home will likely vary during your 2 year scheme.

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 from early 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