Discovering the brightest sparks

What we do

We focus on placing top STEM graduates into SME’s, start ups and larger global companies across the UK.

This is a completely free service for graduates. Employers come to us to get the very best talent for their companies.

  • We are recruitment experts who listen, advise, inspire and help you secure your dream job.
  • We pride ourselves on helping you through the whole process from start to finish. From understanding what your ideal job might be to CV and interview advice, guidance and feedback.
  • We introduce you to graduate jobs that suit your background and skills.
  • We focus on the perfect match both skills and personality fit for a company.

Why Choose Brightstem

Looking to launch your career in STEM? Look no further! Brightstem is your gateway to endless opportunities. Brightstem will help you find your dream job.

Choose us as your trusted partner in launching your STEM career. Let’s embark on this exciting journey together and unlock your full potential.

  • We save you time by doing all the searching for you.
  • We understand that every graduate is unique. That’s why we offer personalised guidance and support.
  • We guide you through the process with our expert knowledge, assist you with interviews, advice, coaching and feedback.
  • Gain access to our extensive network of leading companies and organisations across various STEM sectors. Whether you’re interested in technology, engineering, science, or mathematics.

How it works

Send us your CV

Once we have your CV, we will give you a call to discuss your ideal role and what you have enjoyed throughout your degree.

Let's Chat

We will discuss your skill set and more about what you are looking for in terms of salary and company.

Find your match

We will then get in touch with a job the matches your profile. We will talk you through the role and the company and get your thoughts and feedback.

Secure your interview

If you are happy to do so, we will submit your CV to the client with an overview as to why you are the ideal candidate for the job.

Support & Guidance

We will support you throughout the whole process. Guiding you through any tests, interviews and assessment days.


After your interview we will ensure to give you feedback. Feedback is very important whether you are successful or not. As this helps you on your journey.

CV Tips

Create a standout CV

Creating a standout CV as a graduate is crucial for landing your first job.

Here are some tips to help you craft an impressive CV that effectively showcases your skills and experiences.

Tailor your CV to the job

Customise your CV for each job application. Highlight skills, experiences, and achievements relevant to the specific job description. Begin with a compelling summary or objective statement that briefly highlights your skills, experiences, and career goals and tailors them to the role you are applying for. Use industry-specific keywords throughout your CV to grab the attention of hiring managers.

Professional Formatting

Keep your CV clean, organised, and easy to read. Use a professional font and maintain consistent formatting throughout. Aim for a one-page to 2-page CV. Be selective with the information you include and focus on quality over quantity.

Education Section

As a recent graduate, your education section is vital. Include your degree, university name, graduation date, and any relevant academic achievements and key modules. Where possible, quantify your achievements with grades and percentages.

Relevant Experience

If you have work experience, include it, most recent first. Focus on internships, part-time jobs, volunteer work, or projects that demonstrate relevant skills and accomplishments.

Skills Section

Highlight key skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. Include technical skills, soft skills, languages, and any certifications or licenses.

Projects and Extracurricular Activities

Showcase any relevant projects, research, or extracurricular activities that demonstrate your skills, passion, and initiative.

Proofread Thoroughly

Avoid typos, grammar mistakes, or formatting errors by proofreading your CV multiple times. Consider asking a friend or mentor to review it as well.

Online Presence

Ensure your online presence is consistent with your CV. Update your LinkedIn profile and remove any unprofessional content from social media accounts.

"Brightstem graduates helped me land my dream grad job in a matter of weeks..."

Jump start your career today!

Send us your CV, and we’ll get in touch to chat about the opportunities we think would be a great fit for you!

Interview Tips and Advice

Enhance your interview skills and approach with confidence.

Interviews can be a daunting experience but with the right preparation you are more likely to be your best and feel more confident.

Our interview tips to help you navigate the process with ease

Research the company

Research the company and the role before interviewing to make sure you have a clear understanding of what they do, including their values, products and services.

This information can be found on the company website, job description, media and news.

Dress the Part

Dress professionally and appropriately for the interview. Even if the company has a casual dress code, it’s better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed. First impressions matter!

Arrive Early

Plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early for your interview. This gives you time to relax, collect your thoughts, and mentally prepare for the conversation.

Ask Intelligent Questions

Prepare insightful questions to ask the interviewer about the company, the team, or the specific role. This demonstrates your interest and engagement in the opportunity.

Be Engaged and Enthusiastic

Show genuine enthusiasm for the opportunity and the company. Smile, make eye contact, and engage actively in the conversation. Let your passion and interest shine through!

Showcase Your Skills & Experience

Be ready to discuss specific examples of how you’ve demonstrated key skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, leadership, and communication. Use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to structure your responses. Highlight any internships, research projects, or industry-related experience you have. Discuss what you learned and how it has prepared you for the role you’re applying for.

Communicate Effectively

Clear communication is key, especially when discussing technical topics. Practice explaining complex concepts in simple terms, and be prepared to articulate your ideas clearly and confidently.

Follow Up Afterwards

Send a thank-you email expressing your appreciation for the opportunity to chat and reiterate your interest in the position or company.

Graduate Testimonial

“Lucy helped me secure a graduate analyst position. This role was a great fit, allowing me to build upon my technical skillset post university. She was very helpful and supportive throughout the interview process, making sure I was prepared for each stage. I’d definitely recommend Lucy to any graduates looking for a job in STEM.”

Bath University – Mathematical Sciences

Graduate Testimonial

“Lucy from Brightstem made the whole application, assessment and interview process go so smoothly! I felt well-prepared for each stage of the recruitment process, and I really appreciated the time she took to explain each step to me and her supportive advice.”

Exeter University – Public Health

Graduate Testimonial

“Thanks to Lucy’s expertise and guidance, I secured a role that was a perfect fit for me, she understood the company well and also offered great support to me through the interview process. If you’re searching for a graduate recruiter who will go above and beyond I would definitely recommend .”

Warwick University – Maths and Physics

Graduate Testimonial

“I got recruited by Lucy for my first graduate role. She provided guidance on how to prepare for the interview, followed up before and after each stage of recruitment and helped improve my confidence during the whole process. Lucy took the time to answer all of my questions and her communication was fantastic throughout. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Lucy to anyone looking for a new role!”

Warwick University – Mbio

Graduate Testimonial

“I worked with Lucy and I thoroughly recommend anyone who is looking for a career in STEM to contact Lucy. On a personal level, Lucy sought to understand my motivations, my goals and my personality, but it wasn’t all business: Lucy’s welcoming personality shone through in our conversations about life beyond work. Lucy put in consistent efforts to make sure that I felt prepared for all stages of my application. I can’t recommend Brightstem Graduates enough!”

Edinburgh University – MSc Bioinformatics

Graduate Testimonial

“I had a very positive experience with Lucy. She was always ready to help, and she made sure that I am as informed and prepared for the interview as possible can. With her help, I was able to land a job that was a great starting point for my career.”

Southampton University – MORSE

Graduate Testimonial

“Brightstem graduates helped me land my dream grad job in a matter of weeks. They made my job search 10 times easier, and were there to support me through every step of the application process. Couldn’t be happier!”

Birmingham University – Mathematics

Graduate Testimonial

“Brightstem Graduates has been brilliant and I feel very lucky that Lucy was able to offer me her professional guidance and advice. She took time to understand my professional and personal goals, and presented me with a fantastic opportunity that perfectly aligned with my skills. Lucy’s prompt communication and support throughout the entire recruitment process made the experience as enjoyable as it could be and stress-free! Thanks to her support, I am now thoroughly enjoying my new role and I would highly recommend Brightstem Graduates.”

University of Bath – Natural Science