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Hilti provides leading-edge technology to the global construction industry. Hilti products, systems and services offer the construction professional innovative solutions with outstanding added value. The headquarters of the Hilti Group are in Schaan in the Principality of Liechtenstein.

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Leader in distance education, offering VET level accredited qualifications. formally Cengage Education.

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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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Our business in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) is based in Melbourne.

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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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MMEM is a large and successful business that is renowned for the way in which it values and rewardsits' staff. The environment is ideally suited to talented and ambitious graduates who are prepared toget involved, get their hands dirty, learn the business from the ground up and make a difference.

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KordaMentha assists business facing challenging financial and performance issues.

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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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As part of one of the world's largest financial services companies with a presence in more than 100 countries, Citi Australia has provided financial services to Australian consumers, corporates, institutions and governments for more than 30 years.

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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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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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From local fundraising events to national charities, Coles proudly supports the communities we love being a part of. Discover how we are helping out near you.

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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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We bring a deep understanding of markets, a scientific approach, and innovative technology to trade in the world's highly competitive financial markets, focusing primarily on equities and equity derivatives.

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QBE Group's strategy of diversification by product and geographical exposure is fundamental to managing our insurance and reinsurance risks and has been a vital ingredient in the Group'€™s success.

7-Eleven Retail Leadership Graduate Program

7-Eleven is proud to say their customer offer and their team is the best in the business.7-Eleven retails market leading brands like Slurpee and Krispy Kreme and has a passion for innovation and delivering new ways to delight customers.

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7-Eleven Retail Leadership Graduate Program

The 7-Eleven Retail Leadership Graduate Program will provide the foundation for your career as a future leader within the retail industry, either as a generalist or a specialist professional.

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7-Eleven Retail Leadership Graduate Program

7-Eleven retails market leading brands like Slurpee and Krispy Kreme and has a passion for innovation and delivering new ways to delight customers. 7-Eleven is proud to say their customer offer and their team is the best in the business.

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7-Eleven Retail Leadership Graduate Program

7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd is one of the largest private companiesin Australia and the official first preference as a convenience store destination for Australians on the Eastern Seaboard.

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Global Markets Trainee

Traineeship opportunity in Financial Markets.Credit Agricole CIB is looking for a graduate who is keen to embark on a career in Financial Markets. We are offering a rare opportunity for a suitable candidate to join the Global Markets team of our boutique operation in Sydney as a Graduate Trainee.

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2015 IBM Sales Graduate

The IBM Inside Sales team is a group of specialised, responsive and driven sellers, experts in a set of products and solutions, who embrace new and innovative technology such as video, social media, rep web pages and other collaborative tools to cultivate, build and maintain client relationships.

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2015 IBM Sales Graduate

The IBM Inside Sales team provides a quick response to client needs and delivers high client satisfaction by focusing on sales productivity and maintaining industry leading best practices.

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2015 IBM Sales Graduate

The IBM Inside Sales team is a group of specialised, responsive and driven sellers, experts in a set of products and solutions, who embrace new and innovative technology such as video, social media, rep web pages and other collaborative tools to cultivate, build and maintain client relationships. The team provides a quick response to client needs and delivers high client satisfaction by focusing on sales productivity and maintaining industry leading best practices.

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App Success Manager

Would you like to join a company that offers you freedom of time and location while paying a good base salary? Do you want to join a fast growing company where your work is recognised and respected? Do you want to join a passionate young team with a vision to build the world’s best application development company ?

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IT Graduates - Cloud Engineer

Appian provides ground-breaking web-based and mobile application that will change the way the world thinks about delivering applications. With hundreds of customers globally, we sell one of the world's most actively used enterprise process management solutions. Our software is beautiful, elegant, and powerful: with our technology, delivered purely through a web and mobile interface, we can implement business applications faster than any technology platform you've ever seen.

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Graduate Recruitment Consultant

Your role will be varied, challenging and will offer a high level of autonomy and responsibility in a genuine meritocracy where your effort and successes are rewarded.

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Graduate - Investment Banking Recruitment

JS Careers is a leading financial services recruitment firm in Australia. We hold extensive relationships with all major global investment banks operating in the Australian market. As a result of an increasing flow of opportunities from our clients, we are seeking an ambitious graduate to join our Sydney team. 

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Junior Support Analyst Programmer

• Great opportunity to kick start your IS Career! • Drive your own specialty projects • Fasted-paced, busy work environment
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Graduate Consulting Opportunity

PageGroup is FTSE 250 organisation that is recognised internationally for providing a market leading Graduate program.

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Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

About Us Want a career that puts you in the heart of global business? Want to work anywhere in the world and in any industry? Become a Chartered Accountant, and you can do all this and much more.

Kaplan

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

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.

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 New South Wales

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

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.

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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