Graduate Job Podcast

In episode 58 of the Graduate Job Podcast, I am joined by Maria Donovan, the recruitment director for Unlocked Grads, the innovative and brand new graduate scheme aimed at attracting top graduate talent into the Prison Service. In this half hour we explore their new graduate leadership development programme discussing what exactly the scheme entails, its intensive training, and what you will be doing over your initial 2 years. We smash some of the stereotypes associated with the Prison Service, what life as a prison officer is really like, and just how fit you need to be to pass the fitness requirements. We delve into the application process in detail, from the initial online application through to the assessment centre and how to impress in the role play. We look at what exactly they are looking for when you apply so that your application stands head and shoulders above everybody else. If you’ve ever thought about a career in the Prison Service, then this is the episode for you, and even if working as a prison officer has never crossed your mind, you need to keep listening to understand why it could be the perfect place to begin your career. As always, all links to everything we discuss and a full transcript are available right this very moment in the show notes at Before we start a quick request from me, your feedback helps me to create the episodes you want to hear, so I’ve set up a super simple and very quick survey, as I want the show to best serve your needs. It’s got 5 questions and will take you a minute, so please check it out at I look forward to hearing your thoughts. But in the meantime, let’s crack on with the show.


  • Unlocked Grads and their graduate leadership development programme
  • What life as a prison officer is really like, and how you will be changing lives UK
  • What you can expect from their intensive training programme
  • The secrets to impressing throughout the application process from the online application to the assessment centre
  • How to standout in the role plays at the assessment centre
  • The characteristics Unlocked Grads are looking for in their applicants
  • Why Unlocked Grads could be the perfect place to start your career
Direct download: GJP-58.mp3
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