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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

The Big Meet Australia's icon

Every year Australia's leading employers travel the country looking for high quality graduates and undergraduates. The Big Meet is your opportunity to meet up to 100 of these organisations in one day and in one location.

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.

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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.

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ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent exploration and production company, based on production and proved reserves.

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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.

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We are committed to growing our relationships with all our stakeholders in mining, agriculture, dairy, life sciences, building & construction and water treatment.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Territory Development & GIS Executive

Poolwerx | Graduate Jobs

As the current Franchisor of the year, Poolwerx is one of Australia's most recognised and successful franchise systems. As a multiple Franchise award winner since our commencement back in 1994, we have experienced significant growth in the past 18 months including a 20% increase in our domestic retail store network. With our recent expansion into the highly lucrative US market, it is certainly a very exciting time to be a part of the Poolwerx journey!

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Full Time Development Engineer Graduate Opportunity

Toyota | Graduate Jobs

An exciting opportunity has become available for suitably qualified graduate to join the Product Planning and Development Division as a Development Engineer Graduate.

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Junior Developer Graduate

Socialsuite | Graduate Jobs

Socialsuite is a technology platform which enables organisations ranging from not-for-profits to corporates, to measure the impact of their programs and services. Socialsuite’s technology platform, which includes a mobile application, measures and tracks long-term behavioural changes resulting from investment in social programs.

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Assistant Territory Manager Graduate Positions: Global Medical Device Company

MIS | Graduate Jobs
Join a global dental device leader with presence in 70 Countries. Emphasis on investment in career development. Great opportunity to enter medical device industry in sales/marketing role. Generous package with bonus structure on offer.
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Graduate Position- Environmental Trader / Account Manager

Emerging Energy Solutions | Graduate Jobs

Join Australia's largest Environmental Trading Firm Melbourne CBD Location Unique working environment Amazing career progression opportunities

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Graduate Software Developer

Polymathian | Graduate Jobs
Are you interested in solving some of the most challenging planning and scheduling related optimisation problems in Australia and around the world? At Polymathian we do this every day, using modern software development tools and frameworks in an innovative work place that fosters innovation and growth. We're looking for software developers who can be amazing coders and amazing business representatives, all in the same day.
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CEB Graduate Program – Account Management Associate

CEB | Graduate Jobs

Are you a motivated graduate with professional work experience? Are you 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.

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Graduate Program - IT Infrastructure Consultant

HPE | Graduate Jobs

At Hewlett Packard Enterprise, we don't just believe in the power of technology, we believe in the power of people when technology works for them. We believe in applying new thinking and ideas to improve the way our customers live and work.

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Sales Representative – Inside Sales

Viewpoint | Graduate Jobs

The Sales Representative position is responsible for generating revenue by closing sales of assigned new business opportunities for the Viewpoint Construction Software business. Success in this position requires the ability travel, prepare and present software demos, handle contract negotiations, and close new deals.

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Junior Software Engineer

ClickView | Graduate Jobs
Waterfront open plan office | Flat organisational structure | Young, intelligent and motivated team | Ability to work autonomously and in group environments | Netflix of Education.
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Technical Writer opportunity 12 month contract

Lion | Graduate Jobs

At Lion, nothing excites us more than great people and great brands. We are a passionate, culture driven organisation producing some of New Zealand’s favourite food and beverages brands. Growing, driving and innovating these brands are at the core of Lion and our people. Join us at our Tooheys site in Lidcombe.

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Executive Assistant & Marketing Graduate Position

Recycling Technologies Group Pty Ltd | Graduate Jobs
An exciting position that will offer you the opportunity to get direct involvement in all aspects of business, from marketing & strategy development through to developing new business opportunities from concept stage. Recycling Technologies Group is a regionally based business looking for a new member to join our team. We are at the cutting edge of new technologies & business opportunities in Australia with our equipment range targeting the emerging bio-energy and resource recovery sector. If you are looking for a role where you can learn valuable skills whilst taking on real responsibility and working autonomously we would like to speak to you.
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Graduate Systems Engineer - Perth

Ai Group | Graduate Jobs

Our client is one of Australia’s leading providers of industrial automation and control services. They have a national footprint and employ a 250-strong agile workforce, which allows them to deliver certainty for clients across the defence, infrastructure, manufacturing, resources and utilities sectors.

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Operations & Growth Manager

Hip Cub | Graduate Jobs

We are Hip Cub a Sydney based startup that has become one of the fastest growing baby fashion brands in Australia and North America in 2016.

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Wealth Management/ Financial Planning

Holzworth Partners | Graduate Jobs
This great opportunity is for a recent Graduate looking to establish a professional career in the Wealth Management industry. • Training and Mentoring Provided • Competitive Salary • Career Progression opportunities
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GRADUATE OPPORTUNITY

Toyota | Graduate Jobs

This is your opportunity to join Australia’s leading automotive company!

  • Full Time Graduate Opportunities
  • 3 Product Planning Graduates
  • 1 Pricing Graduate
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Associate consultant in Melbourne

Randstad | Graduate Jobs

Randstad is proud to have become the second largest HR services provider in the world thanks to our reputation for service excellence and the fact that we're built on recommendations.

Published 3 weeks, 3 days ago

CEB Graduate Program – Account Management Associate

CEB | Graduate Jobs

Are you a motivated graduate with professional work experience? Are you 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 4 weeks ago

Graduate Engineer

Central Innovation | Graduate Jobs

Do You Want To Create A Better World

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Professional Services Engineer

Imagine Communications | Graduate Jobs
Work with a market leading media technology company as a Professional Services engineer. This is an opportunity to utilise and expand IT skill-sets and learn about a variety of products.The role includes supporting customer installations and onsite commissioning of our software workflow products as well as providing ongoing technical support.

Kaplan

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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