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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!

Housing WA Australia's icon

The Housing Authority is an affordable housing provider involved in land development, housing construction and property management.

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.

GradConnection Future Leader Awards Australia's icon

Are you one of Australia’s Top100 Most Employable Future Graduates? Enter the competition and find out! Gain valuable practice for graduate program applications and reach dozens of employers at once. You could even win an all-expenses paid trip to Sydney and other incredible prizes!

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At Medibank we are motivated by improving the health of all Australians and the health of our members. We are passionate about building a better health system that is centred on people, and sustainable in the long term.

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.

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.

ITW Construction Asia Pacific Australia's icon

ITW is a Fortune 200 global diversified industrial manufacturer of value-added consumables and specialty equipment with related services businesses headquartered in Glenview Illinois USA

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.

Nestlé Australia's icon

Imagine your future career. Want to be part of a global success story? With Nestlé, you can grow your career working with iconic brands and world-class products.

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!!

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.

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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.

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Commercial Analyst

TRM | Graduate Jobs

A London and Melbourne based, start up agency backed by a strong consortium of investors, well connected within the sports and music industry. TRM acts as a resource agency to service the sponsorship requirements of top tier sports, music and entertainment personnel around the world. This is an exciting opportunity to join the research function of a fast-paced sports agency in TRM’s new office in Melbourne. The Commercial Analyst will apply qualitative and quantitative analysis to interpret data, create reports and make recommendations when presenting the findings.

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Business Development Executive - Graduate

Proforce | Graduate Jobs

This is a great opportunity for a recent graduate looking to kick start their career with a global information publisher!

  • Leading research publication organisation, with sales in excess of $2 billion
  • An opportunity for client facing opportunities
  • Trusted employer who value work/balance
Published 2 days, 19 hours ago

Marketing Graduate 2017

Nestlé | Graduate Jobs

Imagine yourself as part of a global success story; working with iconic brands, world-class products and highly engaged teams. Now is your chance to realise your potential. Applications are now open for our 2017 Next Gen Nestlé Graduate Program.

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Recruitment Consultant in Canberra CBD

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 3 days, 5 hours ago

candidate manager / resourcer in Sydney CBD

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 3 days, 5 hours ago

Graduate - FMCG Sales Rep

Proforce | Graduate Jobs

Working with some of the most prominent brands in the industry, this role will give you exposure and the ability to learn in a hands on environment.

  • Join a multinational organisation
  • Benefits such as company car, laptop and mobile phone
  • Dynamic role that won't see you sat behind a desk everyday
Published 3 days, 8 hours ago

Marketing Specialist

livepro | Graduate Jobs

Turn your fascination in Digital Marketing and great writing skills into your dream job. Start your Marketing Career now - part time. We need you full time when you have finished Uni at the end of this semester. livepro is a Software as a Service Company in North Sydney growing rapidly and we need a Digital Marketing nerd. You will personally get to drive the Marketing function with the CEO's guidance.

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Graduate - Sales Support Executive

Proforce | Graduate Jobs

Our client is an international tech firm, leading the way in mobile payment platforms and are looking for a goal-driven graduate to join their team!

  • Organisation experiencing rapid growth, and with a massive brand presence
  • International company
  • Competitive base salary, with the ability to earn up to 15k in commissions
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Sales Specialist

Tyroola | Graduate Jobs

The fastest growing tyre company based in Sydney’s CBD. Currently with access to the Australia’s largest virtual stock, including best known brands, we are looking for passionate individuals with a flair for customer service to get into a prestigious business to business sales and relations managing team.

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Advisory Analyst

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.

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Graduate Role - Corporate Field Sales Executive

Proforce | Graduate Jobs

Join a leading FMCG organisation that has a long history inducting graduates into their organisation!

  • Young team environment that is social and fun
  • Flexible role - not your typical 9 to 5
  • Progression based on your strengths as opposed to a pre-determined pathway
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Customer Relations Consultant - BT Financial Group

Westpac Group | Graduate Jobs

BT Financial Group (BTFG) is the wealth management arm of Westpac Group, providing our customers with intelligent solutions for creating, protecting and managing wealth. BTFG financial products are distributed through Westpac Group's retail banks (Westpac, St.George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne) and an extensive network of external financial advisers.

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Customer Relations Consultant - BT Financial Group

Westpac Group | Graduate Jobs

BT Financial Group (BTFG) is the wealth management arm of Westpac Group, providing our customers with intelligent solutions for creating, protecting and managing wealth. BTFG financial products are distributed through Westpac Group's retail banks (Westpac, St.George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne) and an extensive network of external financial advisers.

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Graduate - Business Development Executive

Proforce | Graduate Jobs

Our client partners with some of largest media/marketing agencies in the world, and they're now looking to take on an ambitious, business minded grad!

  • Internationally renowned company
  • Work with some the most well respected media and marketing agencies
  • Beautifully refurbished offices in the Sydney CBD
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Customer Service / Technical Support Representatives

Adestra | Graduate Jobs
Adestra, a leading Marketing Technology Service Provider are recruiting Support Representatives who are passionate about customer service to join our team in North Sydney.
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Graduate - Junior Account Coordinator

Proforce | Graduate Jobs

Join an award winning communications organisation who are now looking to invest in graduate talent to expand their exciting sales team

  • Competitive salary package
  • Opportunity for fast progression
  • Utilise your strong relationship building skills
Published 2 weeks, 3 days ago

SBS

SBS | Graduate Jobs

SBS News and Current Affairs is offering four Journalism Cadetships to join us in early 2017. We are looking for recent graduates wanting to build careers in broadcast and online journalism. One of these cadetships is for a person of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait background.

Published 2 weeks, 3 days ago

3-month Part Time (4 days a week) Marketing Graduate

ebiquity | Graduate Jobs
A fantastic opportunity to work with over 100 of Australia's biggest advertisers in one of the fastest growing marketing analytics firms
Published 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Teach English in China

360HR | Graduate Jobs

Opportunity of a lifetime - Teach English in China. Learn, travel, explore whilst you work as an English Teacher. Native English Speakers needed to make a difference to lives of students. No experience necessary!

Published 2 weeks, 4 days ago

2017 Apple Inc. Graduate Program - Job Description (4 positions available)

Apple | Graduate Jobs

The Apple Australia Intern Program provides an opportunity for current university students and recent graduates to gain invaluable work experience across a number of business units of Apple at the Australian head office in Sydney.

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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