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Join one of Australia’s best graduate programs at the RBA. Australia’s central bank is best known for conducting monetary policy, working to maintain a strong financial system and issuing banknotes. The RBA considers applicants with degrees in business information systems, IT, economics and finance.

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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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oin Australia’s largest and most diverse employer for a unique opportunity to gain wide experience and help shape the future of NSW. A career in the NSW Government is for people who take pride in making a real difference and enjoy the opportunity of working in different environments.

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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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Transurban manages and develops urban toll road networks in Australia and the United States of America. At the heart of our business strategy is our desire to be a ‘partner of choice’ for our government clients and an organisation that meets the needs of our customers.

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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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As commercial business people in Diageo, we are proud to lead the future of some of the world’s most famous and admired brands. Brands built by entrepreneurs and philanthropists; true visionaries whose values we must honour and sustain. We stand on the shoulders of these giants.

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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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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!!

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

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Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) is the only global mobile provider in Australia with more than 5.3 million customers, retail stores around the country and a customer-care centre based in Tasmania.

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The Department of Justice & Regulation delivers high quality services to Victorians and supports a safe, just, innovative and thriving Victoria.

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The aim of this program is to provide you with broad exposure to policy, research and engagement (where appropriate), in addition to gaining specialist skills and training which will enable you to develop your career with the department.

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The aim of this program is to provide you with broad exposure to policy, research and engagement (where appropriate), in addition to gaining specialist skills and training which will enable you to develop your career with the department.

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We are looking for bright, ambitious individuals with a strong desire to develop themselves in a challenging, rewarding environment and push themselves in order to succeed.

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The NDIS is designed to enhance the quality of life and increase economic and social participation for people with disability and will mean peace of mind for every Australian who has, or might acquire, a disability.

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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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2016 Graduate Program - Australian Electoral Commission

Australian Electoral Commission | Graduate Jobs

Entry into the 2016 Graduate program will give you the exciting opportunity to be part of the Agency working behind the scenes of the 2016 Federal Government election. You will be joining a dynamic and highly varying work environment where skills are extended and nurtured to develop a professional, high achieving workforce!

Targeting students from: ACU , ANU , CSU , MQU , ... Show More SCU , UC , UON , UNE , UNSW , NDA , USYD , UTS , UWS , UOW

Industry/Discipline: Government
Locations: Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane
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CUA Banking & Finance Graduate Program

Credit Union Australia | Graduate Jobs
An opportunity for Business/Commerce, Banking & Finance Graduates who want to develop a career in banking & finance. As Australia’s largest customer-owned banking institution, CUA delivers everyday banking and financial service products for their customers.

Targeting students from: ACU , Bond , CQU , CSU , ... Show More Griffith , JCU , MQU , QUT , SCU , UQ , UON , UNE , UNSW , NDA , USQ , USYD , UTS , USC , UWS , UOW

Industries/Disciplines: Banking and Finance, Business and Commerce, Economics
Location: Brisbane
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Graduate Developer at TechnologyOne

TechnologyOne | Graduate Jobs

Kick start your career as a Graduate Developer working for Australia's largest publicly listed Software company

Targeting students from: Bond , CQU , Griffith , JCU , ... Show More QUT , SCU , UQ , USQ , USC

Industries/Disciplines: Engineering - Software, Information Technology
Location: Brisbane
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Business Unit Managers (in training)

AWM Electrical & Data Suppliers | Graduate Jobs

Large National electrical wholesaler looking for future entrepreneurs to lead and manage company business units

Targeting students from: ACU , Deakin , UB , La Trobe , ... Show More Monash , RMIT , SWIN , UniMelb , VU

Industries/Disciplines: Business and Commerce, Management, Marketing and Sales
Locations: Melbourne, Regional Victoria
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Graduate Recruitment Consultant

Page Personnel | Graduate Jobs

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.

Targeting students from: ACU , Deakin , UB , La Trobe , ... Show More Monash , RMIT , SWIN , UniMelb , VU

Industry/Discipline: Recruitment
Location: Melbourne
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Engineering Graduate

Blue Mountains City Council | Graduate Jobs

Blue Mountains City Council is offering a graduate opportunity to an eligible and suitable candidate who has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. The graduate position is tailored to offer part-time work while the successful applicant completes their Graduate Diploma part-time. The graduate will be mentored by long standing Council employees, gaining extensive knowledge and experience through the rotation of various areas of the City and Community Outcome branch. Blue Mountains City Council will accommodate the graduate’s university studies whilst providing industry experience and knowledge to complement your studies and to further develop your personal and career development.

Targeting students from: All Universities

Industries/Disciplines: Engineering, Engineering - Civil/Structural, Environment
Location: Sydney
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Associate Consultant Qlikview Developer - Immediate Start

Draper and Dash | Graduate Jobs

We continuously innovate to keep pace with a global healthcare environment that is increasingly complex and interdependent. Whether our clients are decision makers in Primary, Secondary or Tertiary Care our analytical, commercial services and consulting capabilities are key to competitive advantage - and to achieving high-quality, cost-effective healthcare.

Targeting students from: ACU , CSU , Deakin , UB , ... Show More La Trobe , MQU , Monash , RMIT , SCU , SWIN , UniMelb , UON , UNE , UNSW , NDA , USYD , UTS , UWS , UOW , VU

Industries/Disciplines: Engineering - Software, Information Technology
Locations: Sydney, Melbourne
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Associate Healthcare Analyst Consultant - Immediate Start

Draper and Dash | Graduate Jobs

Draper & Dash is a provider of Business Intelligence and information services for the healthcare industry, covering organisations across the England, Scotland and Ireland. An informatics specialists for more than 10 years, we blend industry expertise and advanced technology to deliver the most accurate perspectives and in-depth analytics on healthcare dynamics. Actionable insights, powered by superior information requirements.

Targeting students from: ACU , CSU , Deakin , UB , ... Show More La Trobe , MQU , Monash , RMIT , SCU , SWIN , UniMelb , UON , UNE , UNSW , NDA , USYD , UTS , UWS , UOW , VU

Industries/Disciplines: Arts and Humanities, Business and Commerce, Health, Marketing and Sales ... Show More
Locations: Sydney, Melbourne
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DEXUS Property Group Graduate Program

DEXUS Property Group | Graduate Jobs

Work on one of the best property portfolios in Australia, with high performing people who have big plans for the future. With $18 billion of assets under management, you can become a part of managing a portfolio that is changing the shape of Australian real estate. We are looking for future leaders of our business ... That is why we have developed a truly innovative and dynamic two year Graduate Program that's been expertly structured to provide you with the maximum breadth and depth of Property and Financial experience within an ASX Top 50 listed company. If you are absolutely passionate about building a career in property asset management, property development, funds management, corporate finance, management accounting or capital transactions, DEXUS Property Graduates program will offer you access to real experiences and opportunities. You will have the ability to apply what you've learnt during your studies to real work across a leading Property platform.

Targeting students from: ACU , CSU , MQU , SCU , ... Show More UON , UNE , UNSW , NDA , USYD , UTS , UWS , UOW

Industries/Disciplines: Accounting, Funds Management, Property
Location: Sydney
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Unilever Future Leaders Programme - Customer Development

Unilever | Graduate Jobs

The Unilever Future Leaders Programme (UFLP) is about growing iconic multi-million dollar, market-leading brands from day one. It’s tapping into continuous business mentoring, excellent training, and hands-on responsibility. It’s learning like you’ve never learned before.  It’s challenging, make no mistake. But we’re looking to make managers of you in three years. You will drive your career and some of the world’s most-loved brands into the future.

Targeting students from: All Universities

Industries/Disciplines: Business and Commerce, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Marketing and Sales
Location: Auckland
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2016 IBM Sales Graduates

IBM | Graduate Jobs

The IBM 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.

Targeting students from: All Universities

Industry/Discipline: Marketing and Sales
Location: Sydney
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Assistant Territory Manager Graduate Positions: Global Dental 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 is on offer.

Targeting students from: All Universities

Industry/Discipline: Marketing and Sales
Location: Melbourne
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Graduate Opportunities with a reputable bank

Randstad | Graduate Jobs

Get your foot in the door with this is an exciting opportunity to join one of the most reputable banks in Sydney CBD in a highly successful and friendly client service team. This role will see you as the very first point of contact for phone-based enquiries so you must be passionate about giving exceptional service and pursuing a career within banking and finance. This role offers fantastic training and future progression.

Targeting students from: ACU , MQU , UNSW , USYD , ... Show More UWS

Industries/Disciplines: Banking and Finance, Contact Centres, Customer Service
Location: Sydney
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Program Manager

The NeuroLeadership Institute | Graduate Jobs

Directs and coordinates post sale activities and processes that ensure the overall successful implementation and delivery of all APAC programs.

Targeting students from: ACU , CSU , MQU , SCU , ... Show More UON , UNE , UNSW , NDA , USYD , UTS , UWS , UOW

Industries/Disciplines: Hospitality, Sports and Tourism, Human Resources, Management
Location: Sydney
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Media Consultant (International Management Program)

Meltwater | Graduate Jobs

The Media Consultant is the front line of the company, presenting to C-Level executives across all industries in both Australia and New Zealand. You'll be responsible for expanding our client base, tailoring our digital media tools to deliver purpose built solutions.

Targeting students from: ACU , ANU , Bond , CQU , ... Show More CDU , CSU , Curtin , Deakin , ECU , UB , Flinders , Griffith , JCU , La Trobe , MQU , Monash , Murdoch , QUT , RMIT , SCU , SWIN , UQ , U of A , UC , UniMelb , UON , UNE , UNSW , NDA , UniSA , USQ , USYD , UTAS , UTS , USC , UWA , UWS , UOW , VU

Industries/Disciplines: Arts and Humanities, Business and Commerce, Communications, Consulting, ... Show More Information Technology, Management, Marketing and Sales, Media and Advertising
Locations: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne
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Intern/ Graudate PR & Communications

Buchan Consulting | Graduate Jobs

We are seeking an enthusiastic and energetic intern/graduate to join our Consumer & Technology practice in Sydney. This is a paid internship position, ideal for someone in the last year of study or recently graduated, who is looking for experience before they take on an entry-level position in public relations and communications.

Targeting students from: USYD , UTS

Industries/Disciplines: Arts and Humanities, Communications, Media and Advertising
Location: Sydney
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CEB Sales Support Coordinator

CEB | Graduate Jobs

CEB (NYSE: CEB) is the world’s leading member based research and advisory business. Through its SHL Talent Measurement Solutions business, CEB works with clients to identify and develop talented employees to reach their potential. With a presence in over 50 countries, CEB delivers more than 25 million assessments annually in over 30 languages - enabling over 10,000 business customers to benefit from both global expertise and local insight. Along with world-class consulting practices and 24-hour support centre, our clients can access over 1,000 assessments through an easy-to-use technology platform.

Targeting students from: ACU , CSU , MQU , SCU , ... Show More UON , UNE , UNSW , USYD , UTS , UWS , UOW

Industries/Disciplines: Business and Commerce, Marketing and Sales
Location: Sydney
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Graduate Migration Agent

Conquest Personnel | Graduate Jobs

An amazing opportunity has arisen for an recent Graduate to work as a Migration Agent to join a reputable private sector authority specialising in migration law.

Targeting students from: ANU , VU

Industries/Disciplines: Business and Commerce, Economics, Government
Location: Melbourne

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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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