Top Graduate Startup Jobs and Positions to Apply in the UK

So you just graduated from the university and you are thinking of what to do next. You are probably looking at career development for a high paying job in the future. If you do not have any experience then a startup job is just what you need. Working for a startup allows you to grow with the culture. It provides you opportunities for a career progression and the ability to learn new skills while directly contributing to the success of the company.

This article lists some of the top graduate startup jobs and positions you can apply for in the Uk.

Graduate Startup Jobs and Positions

Junior Software Developer

A Junior Software Developer is an entry-level programmer that assists a development team. Usually have 1-3 years of development experience and also aid the development team with all aspects of software design, software development, coding, writing, and maintaining code for computer applications. To be successful as a junior software developer, you should have a good working knowledge of basic programming languages, the ability to learn new technologies, and also work in a team environment.

Some of the roles and responsibilities of a junior software developer include;

  • Your primary responsibilities as a junior software developer involve learning the codebase, working on small bug fixes, and participating in paired programming with mid-level and senior developers.
  • As an entry-level software developer, you’ll be attending and contributing to the development team meeting, troubleshooting, patching computer code, and collaborating with other developers to build applications.
  • Writing reports and conducting development tests
  • Monitoring the technical performance of internal systems
  • Developing innovative solutions
  • Participating in code reviews and quality assurance activities 
  • Work closely with other developers to improve product functionality.

Requirements of a Junior Software Developer

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or any related discipline
  • Basic knowledge of programming languages including C++, HTML, and JavaScript
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Minimum of 1-3 years experience in software development
  • Good working knowledge of email systems and Microsoft office software
  • Knowledge of databases and Operating systems.

Junior Accountant 

This is an entry-level position in an accounting firm/ department. A junior accountant is a professional who provides support to the financial department by managing daily accounting tasks. A junior accountant maintains and compiles financial reports and statements in compliance with government regulations and requirements.

Some of the roles and responsibilities of a junior accountant include;

  • Updating accounts payable and performing reconciliations
  • Posting and processing journal entries to ensure all business transactions are recorded accurately
  • Updating financial records via accounting software
  • Analyzing financial statements and preparing balance sheet
  • Gathering payroll expenses and input into appropriate entry-line
  • Support senior accountants
  • Measure key performance indicators and prepare reports
  • Assist other departments such as HR and marketing with reviewing expenses

Junior Accountant Requirements

  • A university degree in accounting, finance, actuarial science, or a related field
  • The minimum Accounting Technician (AAT) Qualification involves three different certifications across three levels of training 
  • ACA/ACCA/CIMA Qualified.

Junior Research Associate

This is an entry-level professional that performs data gathering, data synthesizing, and verifications either in the research department of an investment bank, asset management firm, or other financial services company. 

Roles and responsibilities of a junior research associate;

  • Collect research data through experimentation, survey, and the leading of focus groups 
  • Enter data into computer databases and other software
  • Manage field research projects, artifact database, data records, federal and state also require reports
  • Use research tools and techniques to search.

Junior Research Associate Requirements

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills 
  • Excellent time management 
  • Educated to degree level in an industry-related field   
  • Basic proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Highly organized, self-motivated and collaborative
  • Strong research capabilities and investigative instinct
  • Working towards set KPIs and performance metrics. 

Junior Product Designer

Product designers are responsible for the entire product creation process. They are responsible for discovering, identifying, and defining a problem and then emphatically designing and implementing a solution. As a junior product designer, you will work on a range of design tasks and also assist senior product designers.

Roles and responsibilities of a Junior Product Designer;

  • Work with the product team to take concepts from ideas to sketches and wireframes to high-fidelity prototypes and designs.
  • Work with product, quality assurance, and development teams to refine user stories, clarify requirements, and be an active participant in agile ceremonies
  • Coordinate and participate in research to help gather user insights
  • Support the team through more isolated phases of the design process
  • Collaborate with team members to launch projects
  • Pitch creative ideas
  • Produce final design solutions (like logos, banners, interfaces)

Junior Product Designer requirements

  • BSC/BA in design or a related field
  • 0-3 years of experience as a junior product designer
  • A keen eye for visual detail and accuracy
  • An understanding of agile methodologies and software development
  • Knowledge of wireframing and prototyping 
  • Proficiency in modern design tools such as Figma, Sketch, Adobe, XD, Axure, Mockflow, etc.

Junior DevOps Engineers

Junior DevOps Engineers are entry-level employees in a DevOps team. They’re responsible for implementing and maintaining the tools, processes, and procedures that keep an organization’s software development efforts running smoothly. As engineers, they may be tasked with developing new ways to improve their department’s effectiveness. It could include anything from creating automation scripts to Application functionality testing.

Some of the roles and responsibilities of a Junior DevOps Engineer include;

  •  Contribute to product workshops, co-facilitating where appropriate
  • Coordinate and participate in research to help gather user insights
  • Work with Product, QA, and Development to refine user stories, clarify requirements and be an active participant in agile ceremonies
  • Coordinating with other team members to ensure that development projects are delivered on time
  • Monitoring the performance of systems and applications to ensure optimal operation
  • Monitoring system performance to ensure that all systems are functioning properly
  • Support the team through more isolated phases of the design process
  • Support the design team with a variety of needs such as updating design patterns and visual assets as well as implementing UI improvements and supporting Marketing activities

Junior DevOps Engineer Requirement

  •  Knowledge and experience with Software Version Control systems: GIT, SVN, etc.
  • Knowledge and experience with CI/CD tools: Jenkins, Gitlab, and/or Travis CI, etc
  • Familiarity with networking architecture (e.g Load Balancing, TCP/IP, Routing)
  • Strong problem-solving and  good communication skills
  • Working experience and knowledge of Docker, Kubernetes, and/or OpenShift
  • Good knowledge of Linux systems such as CentOS, RedHat
  • Scripting or programming skills for automating tasks (Python, Shell)
  • Knowledge and experience with Configuration tools: Ansible, Puppet
  • Experience with monitoring stacks like ELK, Grafana/ Prometheus, and/or Influxdb/Telegraf
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or a similar relevant degree
  • Critical thinking and close attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of popular DevOps tools.
  • Fast learner with different technologies.

Junior Graphic Designers

Junior Graphic Designers are entry-level employees in the field of graphic design. They perform a variety of tasks related to creating visual designs for print and digital media.  They are involved with designing from conception to completion and are usually supervised by a Senior graphic designer. A junior graphic designer would layout pages, draw logos, redraw logos, rework text, perform color corrections, and overall take on the basic duties that help them understand graphic design’s ins and outs.

Roles and responsibilities of a Junior Graphic Designer;

  • Helping to implement various strategies for design
  • Understanding various projects and concepts
  • Creating mocks and wireframes according to the client’s requirements
  • Making templates
  • Working with programmers, developers, and other professionals needed to produce the final work
  • Producing banners, logos
  • Collaborating with team members to launch projects
  • Using graphical techniques and tools to create drafts.

Junior Graphic Designer requirements

  • 0-3 years of experience as a junior graphic designer
  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic designing or any related field
  • Time management
  • Graphic design qualifications or similar certifications.


It can be challenging to decide on a career path. We hope this list of junior job positions at startups helps you decide on the next phase of your life after graduating from university.