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Graduate Program 2017 Start - If you are a driven Graduate interested in how we are disrupting the consulting space, or seeking experience in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment, we would love to make you part of our ANZ success story at CEB!

Optiver Australia's icon

Optiver is a global market maker. Simply, we trade on the financial markets using our own capital and at our own risk.

Aristocrat Australia's icon

Aristocrat aims to become the leading provider of gaming solutions. Imagination, focus and creativity play major roles in achieving this vision.

CSC Australia's icon

CSC is a global business solutions and technology services leader. We expand what's possible by evolving the way technology-enabled solutions create sustainable value.

Flight Centre Australia's icon

At Flight Centre we are committed to providing great travel at the cheapest available price. Our consultants are dedicated to finding the best travel deal for any budget.

Brisbane Catholic Education Australia's icon

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

IR Australia's icon

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.

The UNSW Australia Business School Australia's icon

As Australia’s leading business school, our business foundation and specialist postgraduate degrees can help you get the skills you need to secure positions like the ones on GradConnection. Find out how our degrees help.

Stockland Australia's icon

Stockland is Australia’s largest diversified property group. We own, manage and develop a growing portfolio of shopping centres, logistics hubs, business parks, residential communities, retirement living villages, and office assets.

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Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers and leading suppliers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. We’re committed to building a pipeline of young talent capable of success, who share our vision and values. Join our Graduate Career Program and find who YOU want to be.

Hilti Australia's icon

A dynamic perfomance based pathway into a LEADERSHIP role in a Market Leading Global Company. Learn the fundamentals of our business (operational and strategic) and build the foundation of a long term career that will make you a successful leader in this growing industry.

Tata Consultancy Services Limited Australia's icon

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

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Australia's icon

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is a professional body comprised of over 115,000 current and aspiring business leaders in over 187 countries, who use their skills every day to make a difference for businesses and communities around the world.

Macquarie Graduate School of Management Australia's icon

The MGSM Master of Management program represents the evolution of more than 45 years in executive education and learning.

TJX Australia Australia's icon

We’re TJX Australia, and we want to invite you to be part of something huge. We’re part of The TJX Companies, Inc. – the world’s leading off-price apparel and home fashions retailer.

Contact Singapore Australia's icon

Contact Singapore is an alliance of the Singapore Economic Development Board and Ministry of Manpower. It aims to attract global talent to work, invest and live in Singapore.

Royal Military College, Duntroon Australia's icon

The Royal Military College (RMC) is a dynamic community that nurtures the leaders of tomorrow. The experience you gain at RMC will be highly sought after, reinforcing your credentials for life.

Jardine Matheson Australia's icon

Jardine Matheson founded in China in 1832 and is today a diversified business group employing over 390,000 people. The Group’s interests include Jardine Pacific, Jardine Motors, Jardine Lloyd Thompson, Hongkong Land, Dairy Farm, Mandarin Oriental, Jardine Cycle & Carriage and Astra International.

Viva Energy Australia's icon

Viva Energy Australia is the exclusive licensee of Shell products in Australia. Our mission is to keep local industry moving, with Shell fuels, lubricants, chemicals, marine products and bitumen.

nbn Australia's icon

nbn is the team behind the design, build and operation of the nbn™ network. Working for nbn, you’ll be part of one of the largest technology infrastructure projects Australia has seen, providing you with loads of opportunities, great flexibility, and a collaborative culture.

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Graduate Software Engineer

Optimum Recruitment | Graduate Jobs
Global Fortune 300 organisation | Attractive Salary Package | Structured 2 year program | Burwood location | Long term career opportunities
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Risk and Assurance Business Partner

Arthur J Gallagher | Graduate Jobs

Arthur J. Gallagher is the world's fourth largest insurance broking and risk management company. Globally, our insurance broking operation maintains a network of more than 400 offices throughout 22 countries and employs over 21,800 people.

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Java / Web Developer

Nuamedia | Graduate Jobs

Looking for an exciting new role in an innovative and forward-thinking company?

We are looking for Java development Guns who want to specialize in world leading Multi-Channel and Omni-Channel Customer-Experience-Management (CXM) applications based on Visual-IVR, SMS, Mobile-App, Web-Services, Voice-Biometrics and Speech-App development.

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Graduate Marketing Trainee

Sandhills Pacific | Graduate Jobs

Sandhills Pacific produces and distributes publications throughout Australia. Our Machinery Trader and TractorHouse/Truck Paper is for buyers and sellers of the trucking, heavy construction and agricultural equipment industry. We are a stable, proven company with a highly successful product. Sandhills Pacific is an extension of Sandhills Publishing Company based out of Lincoln, Nebraska USA. Sandhills Publishing has been bringing together buyer and sellers in the trucking, agriculture, construction, heavy machinery, aviation, and technology industries around the world for 37 years.

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Graduate Sales Trainee

Sandhills Pacific | Graduate Jobs

Sandhills Pacific is seeking professional, competitive, self-motivated sales representatives who are hungry for large income potential with a successful, results-driven company. Sandhills Pacific currently has over 10 open territories through Australia and New Zealand across all publications. The Sales Trainee Position will assist in obtaining listings and advertisements from our customers. They will start by going through a training process to learn about the company, the company products and how we service our customers. They will also be responsible for servicing new and existing customer accounts, placing sales orders and maintaining sales records. Sales Trainees will have the opportunity to advance in their role to lead a territory.

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Broadcast IT Technician – Shift Work

Nine Network Australia | Graduate Jobs

The Nine Network Australia is currently seeking a Television Broadcast IT Technician to fill a full-time position on a rotating shift pattern. This position is based in Sydney and will start immediately.

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Social Media Manager ‐ Asia Pacific

Rober Half | Graduate Jobs

Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialised recruitment agency and member of the S&P 500. Robert Half once again was named to FORTUNE® magazine’s list of “World’s Most Admired Companies” and was the highest‐ranked recruitment firm. (March 1, 2016) Founded in 1948, Robert Half has over 325 offices worldwide.

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Are You The Passionate and Committed Physiotherapist We Are Looking For?

Essendon Physio Group | Graduate Jobs

We are a well-established clinic with industry leading professionals We have a strong commitment to professional and personal growth We are offering an empowering and inspiring opportunity

Published 1 week, 2 days ago

Veolia Graduate Chemical Engineer- Western Australia

Veolia | Graduate Jobs

With the global expertise gained from serving the environment for more than 150 years, Veolia operates in more than 40 countries around the world, with well over one hundred sites and approximately 4000 employees across Australia and New Zealand

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Veolia Graduate Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineer- Victoria

Veolia | Graduate Jobs

With the global expertise gained from serving the environment for more than 150 years, Veolia operates in more than 40 countries around the world, with well over one hundred sites and approximately 4000 employees across Australia and New Zealand

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Joining TAL as an IT Graduate in 2017

TAL | Graduate Jobs

As a member of our IT Graduate program you'll bring your passion and skills to a business that makes a real difference to the lives of Australians. At TAL, there’s no limit to where your career can go.

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Facilities Coordinator

Chandler Macleod | Graduate Jobs

An exciting temp to perm role is available within Chandler Macleod for a Facilities Coordinator to support the Property Services team with administrative duties and facilities coordination. The role will be based in our Sydney CBD office.

Published 2 weeks ago

Graduate Marketing Associate With Leading B2B Marketing Agency | Graduate Jobs

Are you a business-ready graduate who received outstanding university results, has excellent communication skills, and is ready to take on your next challenge? If so, then this graduate position is for you.

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Tech Savvy, Entry Level Management Consultant - Melbourne CBD

Grosvenor Management Consulting | Graduate Jobs
<p>You can always spot a Grosvenor person. Whether it’s a senior partner or our office receptionist, our people are always the real deal: professional, diligent and honest. They’re the kind of people you often hear asking ‘why not?’, ‘what if?’ and ‘how about?’. Looking for a diverse, challenging role working with Australia's leading organisations?</p>
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Graduate Business Development Coordinator - Blue-chip

Proforce | Graduate Jobs

Inviting all recent graduates with a great business acumen and communications skills looking for their first corporate role.

  • Full training and development provided
  • No previous experience required, just the right attitude!
  • Competitive remuneration and incentives
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Graduate Role - Junior Account Manager in Sydney CBD

Proforce | Graduate Jobs

As Australia's leading graduate placement firm, ProForce specialises in placing recently qualified graduates into entry-level corporate positions.

  • Structured training programme across a 12-month period 
  • No prior corporate experience required
  • Genuine progression opportunities, training and development
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Graduate Merchant Consultant

Rewardle | Graduate Jobs

At Rewardle we believe that local businesses enrich our communities and our mission is to help local businesses and local consumers to connect.

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Sales and Marketing Associate

BidEnergy | Graduate Jobs
<p><p>BidEnergy is a rapidly growing technology startup operating in the energy consulting space. We make energy management and procurement easy for medium and large enterprises with our innovative cloud based software solution. With operations in Australia, United States and UK, BidEnergy is offering you the opportunity to be part of something big.</p></p>
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Associate Consultant Cyber Security

CSC | Graduate Jobs
  • Graduate level entry into the IT Security Industry
  • An opportunity to specialise in a technical or consulting disciplines;
  • An opportunity to work in one of the premier Security Specialist organisations in APAC
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Venture Capital Research Assistant - Macquarie Capital

Macquarie Group | Graduate Jobs

Are you looking for a part a time role to compliment your studies?  Macquarie are recruiting part time Research Assistants to identify new markets within the technology industry.


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

Macquarie Graduate School of Management

Macquarie Graduate School of Management is the graduate school of management associated with Macquarie University, Australia.

The Institute of Internal Auditors

The Institute of Internal Auditors is the leading body representing internal auditors. Globally, the Institute represents more than 170,000 members in 165 countries.

The United States Studies Centre

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney is the leading source for all things America in Australia.

University of Newcastle

Ranked among Australias top 10, the University of Newcastle is world-renowned for its outstanding track record in teaching, learning and research. Based in the New South Wales city of Newcastle, it has more than 35,000 students, including 7,800 international students from more than 80 countries.

University of Technology Sydney

With an established reputation for delivering intellectually engaging, industry-relevant postgraduate programs, UTS: Law offers a range of internationally recognised courses to allow you to progress.

University of Wollongong

UOW is and always will be about academic excellence, but knows its impact extends beyond teaching and research. Its about making use of knowledge. Being open to new thinking. Making a tangible difference. About connecting like never before.

UNSW Australia

The UNSW Australia, founded in 1949, is a research-focused university based in Kensington, a suburb in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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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