Editorial Graduates

Join the FT as a graduate trainee

We are looking for recent graduates or postgrads with a good academic record and a demonstrable interest in journalism who have the potential to become senior FT reporters.

Successful applicants will join us in September 2014 and spend six weeks training, then take on a series of six-month assignments on key desks, possibly including one in an overseas bureau. Mentoring, feedback and further training are provided throughout.
Graduate trainees join the FT on a one-year contract, extended for up to a further year at the discretion of the company.
Successful trainees are encouraged to apply for staff positions that become available towards the end of this time.


Applicants must show they can meet the challenge of working for one of the world’s top news organisations. That means a strong commitment to serious journalism, a competitive instinct, good academic qualifications and wide interests. Language skills, in addition to fluent spoken and written English, are an advantage.
Applicants must provide evidence of a clear, concise writing style by submitting an unpublished 500-word article on a subject of their choice. The article should demonstrate liveliness and originality; submissions will be judged on the choice of subject, quality of writing and primary research. If you have had articles published, please submit no more than five cuttings.
This scheme is not for graduates who have significant professional experience as journalists, or who have started training courses with other employers.

How to Apply

Download the application form. Details of where to send it are on the form. The closing date for applications to arrive at the FT is January 7, 2014.

If you have a query relating to the scheme please email graduate.journalist@ft.com.

Equal Opportunities

The Financial Times welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. We employ people solely on the basis of their abilities