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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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Protiviti is a global business consulting and internal audit firm composed of experts specializing in risk, advisory and transaction services.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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ShineWing Australia may be a new name in the Australian marketplace but it comes with an 80-year history of proven performance. We were formerly Moore Stephens Melbourne. On 1 February 2015, we became ShineWing Australia.

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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.

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.

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.

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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nbn is the team behind the design, build and operation of the nbn™ network. Working for nbn, you’ll be part of one of the largest technology infrastructure projects Australia has seen, providing you with loads of opportunities, great flexibility, and a collaborative culture.

FactSet Australia's icon

Starting at FactSet as a Consultant allows you to get a broad understanding of our business and Consultants are expected to progress into Consulting Management, Sales or Product Development roles as they develop their careers with FactSet.

Bupa Australia's icon

Bupa is one of Australia’s leading private residential Aged Care providers with more than 70 care homes across the country. Bupa Aged Care provides an extensive range of care and support to more than 6,500 residents, including respite and specialised dementia care.

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Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. We are the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide.

ALDI Australia's icon

At ALDI, our people are the key to our success. Our comprehensive 18 month Graduate Program will kick-start your career and fast-track your path to retail leadership. ALDI - Where the CHALLENGE is as big as the REWARD.

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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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Management Information Analyst

Youi Insurance | Graduate Jobs
Rare opportunity to move into the Actuarial department with a Corporate organisation on the beautiful Sunshine Coast... APPLY NOW!
Published 1 day, 18 hours ago

Business Development & Sales Executive – APAC region

Ynvolve | Graduate Jobs

We are looking for a new sales executive to strengthen our sales team and join our APAC office located at the Fishburners Startup incubator in Sydney, Australia.

Published 4 days, 4 hours ago

Sales/BD Graduate,

Technetics | Graduate Jobs

We are an award winning, mid-sized IT company located in sophisticated South Melbourne. We thrive on success and are seeking graduates who will bring drive and a work ethic to help us further achieve our growth strategy.

Published 5 days, 5 hours ago

Graduate Merchant Consultant

Rewardle | Graduate Jobs

At Rewardle we believe that local businesses enrich our communities and our mission is to help local businesses and local consumers to connect.

Published 5 days, 19 hours ago

Inside Sales Executive

Mint Payments | Graduate Jobs
Suitable for a motivated technology orientated sales individual who is passionate about providing great service and winning new customers.
Published 5 days, 19 hours ago

Online Virtual Assistant

ANSA - Association of Norwegian Students Abroad | Graduate Jobs
This role is flexible, work from any location. I estimate it requires about 3 hours a day.
Published 6 days, 9 hours ago

Operations Manager at Hometime - an Airbnb management service

Hometime | Graduate Jobs

Hometime is a young tech-based property management startup operating in the sharing economy space. We’re awesome at hospitality services for short-term rentals and are on our way to becoming Australia’s best solution for short term rental properties (we have big plans).

Published 6 days, 19 hours ago

Analyst Programmer/System Support

HRascent | Graduate Jobs
This casual position based in the Melbourne CBD, exists to work with AscentData's international IT partner to undertake data cleansing, extraction, sorting, transforming and loading of remuneration data.
Published 1 week ago

Graduate Territory Manager - Sydney

Colgate-Palmolive | Graduate Jobs

If you are looking for an organisation with a fantastic culture that will develop you into a future leader, apply now!

Published 1 week ago

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.

Published 1 week, 1 day ago

Technical Analyst - Financial Services Software

Broadridge | Graduate Jobs

Join an industry leader with over 50 years of experience in FinTech and earn up to $90,000 per annum within just three years. Read on to find out how….

Published 1 week, 1 day ago

MIS Healthcare & Technology Graduates

MIS | Graduate Jobs

We are a leading global medical & dental device company that is revolutionising the way surgical procedures are performed through the use of computer guided planning techniques, templates and stents. If you are about to graduate or are a recent graduate in a science, medical or healthcare related field looking for a significant career opportunity in medical technology we look forward to hearing from you.

Published 1 week, 6 days ago

Product Engineer Graduate

MaxiTRANS Pty Ltd | Graduate Jobs
MaxiTRANS is Australasia’s leading supplier of road transport equipment for the general freight, temperature controlled freight and bulk transport market sectors and we are currently seeking a Product Engineer Graduate to join our Manufacturing Plant in Ballarat.
Published 1 week, 6 days ago

Occupational Health & Safety Graduate

MaxiTRANS Pty Ltd | Graduate Jobs
MaxiTRANS is Australasia’s leading supplier of road transport equipment for the general freight, temperature controlled freight and bulk transport market sectors. We are currently seeking an OH&S Graduate to join our Manufacturing Plant in Ballarat. In this role you will be part of a team providing specialist technical and professional safety advice and coaching to influence Plant Management, Team Leaders and Safety Staff in the identification and development of safety improvement strategies together with relevant incident prevention methods and techniques.
Published 1 week, 6 days ago

Pricing Analyst Graduate

MaxiTRANS Pty Ltd | Graduate Jobs
MaxiTRANS is Australasia’s leading supplier of road transport equipment for the general freight, temperature controlled freight and bulk transport market sectors. We are currently seeking a Pricing Analyst Graduate to join our Manufacturing Plant in Ballarat.
Published 1 week, 6 days ago

Analyst, Portfolio Management

Dimensional Fund Advisors | Graduate Jobs
This is a great opportunity for a recent graduate to join a global investment management firm. In this analytical role, you will gain exposure to global equity and fixed income portfolios, build you technical programming capabilities, and have the opportunity to work closely with experienced Portfolio Managers.
Published 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Social Media & Tech Operations Executive – Australia

Oddschecker | Graduate Jobs

Oddschecker is the UK’s #1 Odds Comparison site and is based in London. The UK online gambling industry has been one of the fastest growing and technologically innovative sectors over the last 5 years. Oddschecker sits at the centre of this and is a key player in client brand awareness and acquisition for bookmakers.

Published 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Mechanical Engineering Graduate

MaxiTRANS Pty Ltd | Graduate Jobs

Australasia’s leading supplier of road transport equipment for the general freight, temperature controlled freight and bulk transport market sectors are seeking a Graduate Mechanical Engineer professional...

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

The #1 young university in Australia, UTS is a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney. One of Australia’s leading universities of technology, UTS has a distinct model of learning, strong research performance and a leading reputation for engagement with industry and the professions.

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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