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Thales Diversity Australia's icon

With 70,000 employees, a presence in 50 countries, and annual revenues of more than A$22 billion, Thales is a world leader in aerospace, space, defence, and security.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pulse Recruitment Australia's icon

Pulse Recruitment is Australia's leading graduate sales and marketing recruitment agency partnered with some of the country's most innovative employers. We don't believe in big group assessment centres. Instead, we have a FREE ONLINE ASSESSMENT. Visit us today!!

Jacobs Australia's icon

Jacobs® is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical professional and construction services across multiple markets and geographies. We value professional excellence, integrity, diversity in the workplace and fostering an open and collaborative working environment.

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.

Vodafone Australia's icon

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) is the only global mobile provider in Australia with more than 5.3 million customers, retail stores around the country and a customer-care centre based in Tasmania.

CSL Behring Australia's icon

CSL Behring is a leader in the plasma protein therapeutics industry. Committed to saving lives and improving the quality of life for people with rare and serious diseases, the company manufactures and markets a range of plasma-derived and recombinant therapies worldwide.

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.

Go Abroad China Australia's icon

Go Abroad China is an organization devoted to fostering international understanding through cultural exchange and educational programs in China.

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.

ALDI Australia's icon

ALDI programs offer the opportunity & culture for ambitious, self-motivated, hardworking individuals to thrive. Committed to providing the best quality training & development, ALDI - Where the CHALLENGE is as big as the REWARD.

ThoughtWorks LGBTI Support Australia's icon

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

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Investment Banking Recruitment Consultant

JS Careers | Graduate Jobs

Are you looking for a career where you will be a key relationship manager for a broad range of global investment banks operating in Australia? This role will see you providing bespoke consulting advice to a range of European, US and Asian banks in Australia. The role will also manage international assignments across Hong Kong, Singapore and London.

Published 1 day, 9 hours ago

Graduate Software Developer - Microsoft IT Consultancy

Antares Solutions | Graduate Jobs
Antares Solutions is seeking outstanding graduate software developers that want to advance their careers in the fast-paced consulting industry. Antares is a Microsoft Gold Partner with a focus on custom development, business intelligence and Microsoft SharePoint solutions. We currently have two intakes open - July/August 2016 and January/February 2017
Published 1 day, 15 hours ago

Content Manager

Rockend | Graduate Jobs

Rockend, the leader in property software provides property solutions to real estate agents and strata managers. PropertyTree is the first cloud-based solution and is already the third most widely used property trust accounting solution in the country. With strong growth planned, the goal is to be first to market with innovative technology designed to help our customers improve their businesses.

Published 1 day, 16 hours ago

Marketing Coordinator (Maternity Leave 12 month Contract)

ITW Construction Asia Pacific | Graduate Jobs


  • Outstanding early career step opportunity
  • Market leading Division of large global company | great brands
  • 12 month term |full time | based in Moorabbin
Published 1 day, 22 hours ago

Graduate - Sales & Marketing Executive

Proforce | Graduate Jobs

Our client is now seeking an enthusiastic graduate to join their sales team where you will be supporting the senior sales & marketing managers

  • Directly report to and service senior management
  • Join a well established company who are in a high growth period
  • Dynamic role that combines both business development and marketing activities
Published 2 days, 16 hours ago

Agile Web Developer

ServiceRocket | Graduate Jobs

Fun, AGILE & dynamic culture Work for a global company who is passionate about customers & disruptive technologies Learn and develop your career at the cutting edge of technology 

Published 2 days, 16 hours ago

Business Insights Analyst - HotelsCombined

HotelsCombined | Graduate Jobs

HotelsCombined is a world leading hotel metasearch engine and has been a gem in Australia's tech scene for the last decade. To capitalise on significant growth over the last year, HotelsCombined is hiring two new Business Insights Analysts who will look to unlock trends in their big data.

Published 2 days, 17 hours ago

CEB Graduate Program

CEB | Graduate Jobs

Are you a motivated graduate who is driven to set and achieve goals? Are you interested in disrupting the consulting space and working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment? If so, we want to make you part of CEB’s Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) success story!

Published 2 days, 22 hours ago

Graduate - Communications Account Executive

Proforce | Graduate Jobs

An innovative communications company are looking to take onboard a recent graduate, who will join the sales team in an account management capacity

  • Industry specific training provided
  • Friendly workplace culture
  • Progression into account management or marketing
Published 3 days, 16 hours ago

Performance Analyst

Columbus | Graduate Jobs

The Performance Analyst is in a frontline role reporting directly to the Performance Manager. Their role is chiefly one of providing support to the Performance Manager and to a lesser extent the Performance Executive and Senior Performance Manager. The Performance Analyst is responsible for the implementation of paid search and digital performance campaigns and strategies as directed by the Performance Manager and Senior Performance Manager. The Performance Analyst is further tasked with data collection for reporting purposes and is also responsible for processing and presenting data in a manner that guides account optimisations.

Published 4 days, 15 hours ago

Sales & Marketing Assistant

O'Connor Marketing | Graduate Jobs

O’Connor Marketing is looking for those who have just graduated in areas relating to Business, Marketing, Events, Communications, PR, Media or those looking to move into a career in Sales, Marketing or Customer Service!

Published 4 days, 16 hours ago

Sales Coordinator

CEB | Graduate Jobs

CEB is a best practice insight and technology company. In partnership with leading organizations around the globe, we develop innovative solutions to drive corporate performance. CEB equips leaders at more than 10,000 companies with the intelligence to effectively manage talent, customers, and operations. 

Published 4 days, 23 hours ago

Full Time Finance Graduate Inside Sales Associates

RSP | Graduate Jobs

This is a fast-growth company daring to compete with major banks utilizing an innovative technology that will revolutionize retail banking. The team is made up of extremely passionate people who believe in the company mission. They are constantly learning, communicating, collaborating and living the start-up culture. The company is rated highly by all their employees with highly responsive leaders. 

Published 5 days ago

Performance Analyst

Columbus | Graduate Jobs

The Performance Analyst is in a frontline role reporting directly to the Performance Manager. Their role is chiefly one of providing support to the Performance Manager and to a lesser extent the Performance Executive and Senior Performance Manager. The Performance Analyst is responsible for the implementation of paid search and digital performance campaigns and strategies as directed by the Performance Manager and Senior Performance Manager. The Performance Analyst is further tasked with data collection for reporting purposes and is also responsible for processing and presenting data in a manner that guides account optimisations.

Published 5 days, 23 hours ago

(Junior) Sales Manager

Signavio | Graduate Jobs

Be part of a rapidly growing company with great culture. Grow into the role of a sales team lead. As a (Junior) Sales Manager you will play a major role in the Business Development for our software-solutions in Australia and New Zealand, a large market with great potential.

Published 1 week ago

Recruitment Consultant in New South Wales

Randstad | Graduate Jobs

Randstad is a leading international recruitment and HR Consulting organisation spanning across 39 countries and is the second largest HR services provider in the world. With niche specialist divisions that provide innovative recruitment solutions to clients across the globe, we pride ourselves in matching people with companies that will develop their potential and in turn matching companies with people who will take their business to the next level.

Published 1 week, 1 day ago

Associate Consultant in Melbourne CBD

Randstad | Graduate Jobs

An international recruitment and HR services provider, Randstad has been In the Australian market for over 25 years. With a strong focus partnering companies to provide the best outcome – we have seen growth across our SME division nationally and wish to expand n this further. With offices in 39 countries worldwide we have a reach that gives our clients the best possible options.

Published 1 week, 1 day ago

Graduate - Digital Account Manager

Proforce | Graduate Jobs

Working for this rapidly growing and fun digital media company will not be an average, mundane graduate role!

  • Exciting graduate opportunity in the media industry
  • Flexible and friendly employer that believes in a healthy work/life balance
  • Competitive base salary
Published 1 week, 2 days ago

Environmental Trading Account Manager- Australia's Largest Environmental Trading Firm

Emerging Energy Solutions | Graduate Jobs
<p>Join Australia's market leader in environmental trading. This exciting industry is growing be a part of the next wave fast paced trading/ account management environment. Melbourne Central Location. Start Immediately.</p>
Published 1 week, 2 days ago

KBH Solutions

KBH Solutions | Graduate Jobs

This is your chance to join a large Telecommunications Company. Grow from a Sales Graduate role through to an Account Manager or BDM.


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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