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CEB is the world’s leading member-based advisory company. We have a unique view into what matters — and what works — when capitalizing on drivers of business performance.

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Diageo Australia is considered a centre of excellence for the region, with innovations tested and developed here for launch in other markets across Asia-Pacific and the world. A dedicated Innovation team within the Consumer Marketing function ensures innovation remains at the heart of our business.

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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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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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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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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.

Reece Australia's icon

To run a business with more than 450 outlets in Australia and New Zealand, including, plumbing, bathroom and specialist divisions and a range of products as diverse as ours, we need fresh thinkers.

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We are one of the leading insurance groups in the world and rank number one in the German property-casualty and life insurance markets.

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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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The DEPI graduate program is a great place to start your career in Science and Agriculture

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CommBank’s Summer Intern and Graduate Programs are more than ordinary jobs. Our programs provide you with unique experiences where you’ll have the chance to rotate through different areas of the business, expand your networks and develop your skills.

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The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia is the professional accounting body representing Chartered Accountants in Australia.

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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.

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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Graduate Analyst - Sydney CBD

We are looking for an intelligent and motivated Graduate Analyst to understand, measure, manipulate and fundamentally, reason with all sorts of data. From measures of portfolio performance to financial reporting and forecasting to strategy development. In the process we want you to help develop TDX’s offering in Australia. International expansion is the key growth factor for TDX and Australia is no exception!

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Media Consultant - International Management Program

Interested in working for a young, innovative and ambitious company in Sydney? Passionate about social media and what it can do for businesses today? Curious about a career in consultative sales with international opportunities?

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NBN Co Graduate Program

If you are passionate about innovation and you want to be part of something that will make a difference to the lives of people living in Australia, then we want to hear from you!.NBN Co has been established to assist the Australian Government in ensuring all homes and businesses in Australia have access to fast broadband.

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NBN Co Graduate Program

NBN Co has been established to assist the Australian Government in ensuring all homes and businesses in Australia have access to fast broadband. NBN Co designs, builds and operates a wholesale-only national broadband network for Australia including a mix of broadband technologies.

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NBN Co Graduate Program

NBN Co designs, builds and operates a wholesale-only national broadband network for Australia including a mix of broadband technologies.

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NBN Co Graduate Program

As a graduate with NBN Co you will have the opportunity to contribute to the success of our business through three or more rotational assignments over a 24-month period.

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NBN Co Graduate Program

Our people are passionate about today and optimistic about tomorrow. We see ourselves as part of a changing world where delivery and adoption of the latest technology will enable the future of Australia’s digital economy and revolutionise the way we all live, work and interact.

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NBN Co Graduate Program

 NBN Co designs, builds and operates a wholesale-only national broadband network for Australia including a mix of broadband technologies.

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Junior Product Support Engineer – Perfect Role for Recent Graduates!

Funnelback is an exciting and growing company headquartered in Canberra with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, London and Wellington with plans to expand into America and Asia. We

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Small Sales, Marketing & Promotions Company looking to grow with eager graduates - Training Provided

Started in 2014, Hype Initiatives is a small sales, marketing and promotions company with a vision to grow. Our goal is to expand from our current team of 10 to 60 people in the next six months. We are ambitious! And to achieve this milestone, we are looking for well rounded and eager graduates ready to get their hands dirty and work their way up the ladder of our leadership team.

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Short-term Web Developer and Database Administrator roles in the Pacific - Voluntary

From the 1 – 21 July, 2014 there will be 2 Information Technology roles open for applications with Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID). This is a fantastic opportunity for IT graduates and professionals to share their skills while contributing to their career and professional development in Kiribati, located in the Pacific.

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Business Leadership Graduate Program - Sydney locations

A career with Flight Centre is more than just travel, if you’re looking for the opportunity to fulfil your ambitions and get to the top, then apply today.

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Business Leadership Graduate Program - Canberra

Flight Centre have given me so much training and support during my year at the company. As a Team Leader, I get to run my own business within a huge global organisation.

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Business Leadership Graduate Program - Brisbane & Surrounds

You’ll be developed as a highly successful Travel Sales Consultant with full industry training and real hands-on experience, so you’ll be well placed to fast track your career through our extensive leadership pathway.

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Business Leadership Graduate Program - Adelaide & Surrounds

We’ll guide you through completing your Certificate III in Tourism (Travel Sales) and a dedicated Flight Centre trainer will be available to you from day one, along with an experienced Team Leader who will provide you with all the hints and tips you need to ensure your success.

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Business Leadership Graduate Program - Perth & Surrounds

You’ll be a recent university graduate, completing your degree in the last 3 years with a credit average or above. We welcome interest from all degree subjects.

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Institute of Chartered Accountants

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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

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University of Newcastle

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University of New South Wales

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University of Technology Sydney

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University of Wollongong

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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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