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Pernod Ricard Winemakers, the wine division of Pernod Ricard, is part of the Global Pernod Ricard Group – the World’s Co-leader in the Wine and Spirits Industry with an unrivalled collection of iconic brands, including Jacobs Creek®, Brancott Estate®, Campo Viejo® and more.

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Brisbane Catholic Education is a learning community of all involved in diocesan Catholic schools and the staff of the Brisbane Catholic Education Centre.

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The IR program offers technology graduates career paths starting in software engineering based in our Sydney office, and potentially progressing to management, product architecture, pre-sales engineering, support, product management and sales.

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CEB is the world’s leading member-based advisory company. We have a unique view into what matters — and what works — when capitalizing on drivers of business performance.

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Tata Consultancy Services one of the leading IT services companies globally and have just opened entries to their Codevita Coding Contest for IT graduates

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The world of graduate recruitment is competitive. To help students get ahead, Bloomberg has developed an educational and networking tool called the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT).

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Become a Chartered Accountant, and you can do all this and much more. As a globally respected designation, Chartered Accounting offers great rewards and diverse career paths, both at home and around the world.

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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) offers a range of professions for graduates looking for a career that offers satisfaction excitement and challenges that you wouldn't find in any other organisation.

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ThoughtWorks is a global IT consultancy. We deliver custom applications and provide no-nonsense consulting; we help organizations become agile.

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The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is the global body for professional accountants. We have an unrivalled global network of members, students, colleges and Approved Employers.

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Robert Walters hires smart and outgoing graduates to become expert recruiters in their field. Positions are immediate start

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One of the world's largest FMCG companies. They own brands such as Colgate Total, Colgate 360, Colgate Plax Palmolive, Cold Power and Dynamo.

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IBM is an ideas company with a long history of innovation and making things work better. Now we are dedicated to creating a smarter, more interconnected planet.

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To run a business with more than 450 outlets in Australia and New Zealand, including, plumbing, bathroom and specialist divisions and a range of products as diverse as ours, we need fresh thinkers.

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Cor Cordis is a specialist insolvency accounting firm that provides financial solutions to individuals and corporate entities across Australia that are suffering from financial difficulties.

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As a global logistics provider, Mainfreight offers managed warehousing and international and domestic freight forwarding.

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Our graduates and students are our future leaders, that is why we do not put parameters on qualifications or degree disciplines - we are open to all bright minds.

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Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas.

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The Queensland Government hires a wide range of graduates each year for their graduate programs

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Cisco sees the Internet and networking technology at the heart of a global technological ecosystem where people & businesses can begin to work, live, play, and learn in new and more sustainable ways.

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High profile CBD Based BANK - varied role supporting Sales team - sales and pipeline reporting - ability to manipulate and interpret data – Advanced Excel / Word – strong communication skills

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Junior Software Developer

Stitch is a Sydney-based technology start-up that is doing things that very few Australian start-ups get to do. The potential for this role is limitless, as you’re coming in early to a team that is only going to grow. You'll learn the latest cutting-edge technologies and techniques

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Graduate Sales & Digital Business Program

Are you currently at university looking for full-time work or have recently graduated and are interested in taking your career to the next level? We are looking for individuals who have that special quality – interest in digital business, web technologies and how to deliver these products to customers

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Graduate Technical Services Analyst Program

Are you an ambitious graduate seeking a new and rewarding challenge? Looking to join a fast-growing industry leader offering excellent career development opportunities?
You’ll get to participate in an initial six month enablement program focused on building product knowledge and implementation skills. Three months of this training will be in our Chicago Office!

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Graduate Professional Services Analyst Program

As a graduate Professional Services Analyst, you must be motivated and competitive with a “roll-up-your-sleeves” and “get the job done” attitude, and thrive on working in a fast-paced environment.

You’ll get to participate in an initial six month enablement program focused on building product knowledge and implementation skills with three months training in Chicago!

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Graduate Business Development Executive

The Business Development Executive position offers candidates with 0-1 years of sales experience the opportunity to gain their first foray into the corporate foreign exchange industry.

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Graduates - Marketing & Buying Full time

We’re looking for the right people now! We want our graduates to succeed not only in applying the skills they have learnt, but also their passionate and positive attitude that aligns with the values that underpin everything we do at Reece.

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Graduate Talent Program- Strategic Reform and Policy

In this role you'll have an opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience across all areas of Strategic Reform and Policy to develop your skills and increase your knowledge.

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Graduate Audio/Visual Systems Engineer

A unique opportunity to utilise your engineering skills to work for an industry leader in the exciting Audio/Visual industry. 

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Graduate Talent Program

Want to work for an agency that works with children, adults, families and communities to improve lives and realise potential?

Interested in working in a corporate services environment?

If so apply now for the Department of Family and Community Services Graduate Development Program!

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Graduate Mining Engineering Program 2015

Redpath is currently seeking applications from candidates with a Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Mining to commence in our Graduate Program in February 2015.

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Graduate Customer Solutions Officer

An excellent opportunity to enter our business and provide you with the knowledge to begin your career in Financial Services

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Graduate Customer Solutions Officer

We are currently recruiting for driven individuals who are looking to kick off their careers within a Global Bank

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Dev / Software Engineer

You'll work primarily on the core Vero application used by customers to manage their subscribers and their email marketing campaigns. You'll focus on backend application development as well as implementing UX changes designed by the product team.

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Graduate Marketing/Graphic Design Intern

We’re currently recruiting a driven, high achieving Intern to join our talented marketing team. The successful candidate would understand and learn how we develop, establish and maintain and align marketing strategies to SP Jain School of Global Management objectives.

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Graduate Marketing/Graphic Design Intern

As an intern in our marketing team, you will be exposed to, and supported by, the Marketing Manager for the 3 months full-time internship.

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Early Childhood Teacher | Concord | Preschool

This new state of the art centre is in search of an Early Childhood teacher to join their team!

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Avanade provides business technology services that connect insight, innovation and expertise in Microsoft technologies to help customers realize results. Avanade’s services and solutions help improve performance, productivity and sales for organizations in all industries. Avanade applies Microsoft expertise from its global network of consultants, drawing on the right mix of onshore, offshore and near shore skills, which together are designed to help deliver results faster, at lower cost and with less risk.

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Applications for our 2015 Graduate Program

Avanade provides business technology services that connect insight, innovation and expertise in Microsoft technologies to help customers realize results. Avanade’s services and solutions help improve performance, productivity and sales for organizations in all industries. Avanade applies Microsoft expertise from its global network of consultants, drawing on the right mix of onshore, offshore and near shore skills, which together are designed to help deliver results faster, at lower cost and with less risk.

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Applications for our 2015 Graduate Program

Avanade provides business technology services that connect insight, innovation and expertise in Microsoft technologies to help customers realize results. Avanade’s services and solutions help improve performance, productivity and sales for organizations in all industries. Avanade applies Microsoft expertise from its global network of consultants, drawing on the right mix of onshore, offshore and near shore skills, which together are designed to help deliver results faster, at lower cost and with less risk.

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Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

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Kaplan

Kaplan is one of the world's leading providers of lifelong education with over 1 million students in 30 countries.

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University of Newcastle

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University of Technology Sydney

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University of Wollongong

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Australian Graduate Jobs and Graduate Programs


What is the Difference between a Graduate Job and a Graduate Program?

When preparing to complete tertiary education, a career-minded student will plan for and seek out opportunities for graduate employment. While “graduate jobs” and “graduate programs” sound similar, they differ in structure, purpose and size of organisation.

Graduate Jobs

Graduate jobs (or entry-level jobs) are open to and targeted towards university graduates. They occur in all industries, but since they are less structured than graduate programs, they are the main source of graduate employment in the small to medium business market. With these jobs, graduates are hired to perform a role at a full-time, part-time, casual or contracting basis. Common titles for graduate jobs include:

  • Officer (as in “technical support officer” and “HR officer”)
  • Executive” (as in “sales executive”)
  • Representative (as in “customer service representative”)
  • Assistant
  • Administrator
  • Co-ordinator

Entry-level jobs provide a vast employment pool for university graduates, with a large variety of positions and options to choose from. They provide practical experience in a variety of skills, and the chance to build a professional reputation, as well as the chance to decide exactly what direction to take career-wise.

Applying for a Graduate Job

Entry-level employers assess candidates’ relevant knowledge and experience, seeking proof of their ability to perform the job. The first indicator of an applicant’s suitability is their CV, which should include their academic achievements, work experience and extra-curricular activities.

When crafting your CV, it is important to not underestimate your abilities. Know your strengths, and match them to what the job requires. Usually a bachelor’s degree (with a Credit or Distinction average) is sufficient academic qualification for a graduate job.

Think creatively about your experiences. For example, part-time work yields not only technical skills, but teaches desirable “soft skills” like collaboration, time-management and leadership. Think about how this applies to your desired job. That said; do not over-sell yourself. Stretching the truth in a CV may get you an interview, but the lies will be exposed when it comes to performing the job.

Assuming your resume impresses the employer the next step will be an interview. Employees use interviews to gain a better understanding of their candidate’s knowledge and experience, critical thinking and creativity; and in particular their communication skills and organisational fit. Make sure you do some research into the company beforehand, and practice answering common interview questions so as to prepare yourself to speak with confidence. On the day; dress to impress (in business-attire). Answer all questions honestly. At the end you will be given the opportunity to ask the employer some questions yourself. Showing interest in the day-to-day running of the business, learning and development prospects of the job and future direction of the company helps to convince the employer that you have genuine enthusiasm for the job, and that you will fit in well with the organisation’s team.

Graduate Programs

Graduate programs differ from graduate jobs in that they are structured, often providing some formal education (like a professional certification, or a diploma) as well as guided training in the organisation, mentoring, and access to senior management. Graduate programs are usually full-time, and go for 12 months or more. They require significant investment in time and money, so only very large organisations (like big corporations and the government) can afford to offer them. Because of this substantial investment their entry requirements are very high, and only the best candidates will succeed in getting a position.

A graduate program grooms candidates for a future in leadership and senior management. Since they are a boost on the corporate ladder, they are in high demand among graduates. However, failing to get a position in a graduate program does not discount someone from having a successful career since that ultimately depends on work quality, communication, talent, leadership, teamwork and networking.

The most in-demand graduate programs are with large corporations like the Big Four accounting firms, Telstra and BHP Billiton. Jobs in accounting are the most sought-after, followed by consulting, IT, finance, policy making and engineering.

Features of Graduate Programs

  • Learning and Development
    Learning and Development is what sets a graduate program apart from an ordinary entry-level job. Organisations look to build upon and add to their employee’s existing skills base, and to that end they will conduct class-based learning and on-the-job training courses, both in the specifics of the work required and in “soft skills” like communication and team-building. They may host seminars and networking sessions, and bring in high-profile guest speakers to present on industry trends, motivation or leadership. Graduates will be guided through the learning and development program by a mentor or “buddy” as part of the program’s support system. After the graduate has completed the program, they will participate in ongoing organisation-wide professional development and training.
  • Rotational Programs
    Many graduate programs in large organisations are rotational programs. Instead of spending a year in a single position, graduates are rotated around the various areas of the business every few months in order to gain a feel for the company and to gain experience in different types of work. Rotational programs are designed to help the graduate determine a position in which they will be able to add most value to the organisation, maximising both their enjoyment and productivity.
  • Possible Relocation
    Over one-third of graduate programs require the successful candidate to relocate to another city, region or state. This high percentage is in part due to gaps between demand and supply for graduate jobs – for example regionally-based employers (such as some mining companies and manufacturers) are unable to find satisfactory candidates from the local market to fill their vacancies, so must recruit from cities or interstate. Other organisations are based solely in one location but recruit from all over Australia to find the best candidates. These include the Federal Government and the Defence Force. Although relocation is a significant (and challenging) step for a graduate to make, most employers ease the process by offering relocation assistance and support.

Applying for a Graduate Program

Although some graduate programs become available multiple times in a year, most organisations offering graduate programs open for applications in late February and early March, and close in April.

Improve your chances of securing a graduate position by applying for multiple programs. This strategy will help you learn more about the kinds of skills and experience organisations seek. In 2013, the average successful candidate submitted applications to different companies. However, this average is indicative of a wide spread – while 28% of successful applicants made over ten applications, 19% were successful with only a single application.

Relevant tertiary qualification is important, with most successful applicants to graduate programs having studied commerce (including accounting, economics, business management, finance and marketing), law, engineering or political science. Many large companies offer “generalist” recruitment programs, for which candidates from all disciplines are invited to apply, since a diverse knowledge-base is an asset.

Companies offering graduate programs seek applicants with high academic achievement, and to that end candidates with scholarships and prizes are at an advantage. 54% of successful applicants in 2013 had a scholarship, prize or some kind of financial support from an organisation. In addition, companies want evidence of leadership, self-motivation, dedication and initiative. Part-time work is a good indicator of these qualities, and is also a source of practical experience. 86% of graduates successfully hired to a graduate program had worked part-time at some point during university. Other extra-curricular activities common to successful candidates include volunteer work, vacation work/ internship, relevant industry work experience and participation in student societies.

Application to a graduate program typically involves multiple steps, such as completing an online application, undertaking a skills assessment, a telephone interview and a face-to-face interview. At each point the applicant is screened before progressing to the next level. Although the application process is long and complex, the companies design the stages as much as possible to enable the candidate’s best qualities to shine. The tests and interviews will be challenging, but interactive and enjoyable. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to networking events to meet more of the company staff, ask questions of previous graduates, and find out more of how the business works and whether the job is right for them.

Finally, if a candidate passes every stage of the application process, they will be sent a formal offer by letter, including the full commencement details. Typically there will be a wait of two and a half months between the start of an application and receipt of an offer, and successful candidates begin work between January and March the following year (with 56% of candidates beginning work in February).

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