FDM recruits graduates, ex-forces personnel and those looking to return to work after a career break and trains them to become IT or business professionals before deploying them onto client sites around the world.
If you’re interested in working at FDM Group, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when FDM Group hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.
FDM is the market leader in the Recruit, Train and Deploy sector, launching the careers of thousands of graduates every year. We recruit diverse talent from all backgrounds and train them in key business and technical pathways before placing them as FDM Consultants working on exciting projects with our industry-leading clients. Our mission is to create and inspire exciting careers for graduates, ex-forces personnel and returners to work, bringing people and technology together in the best way.
FDM at a glance:
- 13 centres around the world
- FTSE 250, multi award-winning company
- 4500+ employees worldwide
- 90+ nationalities working together as a team
- Market cap of over £1B
- Partnering with 200+ clients worldwide
- 55% of the FDM management team is female
- 36% of FDM’s APAC workforce identify as female
FDM’s Graduate Program offers you the opportunity to launch your successful career in business or tech. You’ll benefit from world renowned training as well as the opportunity to work on-site with our prestigious clients on exciting projects.
There is a range of pathways to choose from on the FDM Graduate Program, from Software Development to Business intelligence and more. Your career with FDM begins with a comprehensive training period to equip you with the skills you need to work with our clients as an FDM Consultant. Once you’ve completed the training period, we will place you with our clients where you will work as a fully integrated member of their team. You’ll put your training into practice and gain real-world experience working on leading-edge projects. What’s more, we will be here to support you every step of the way.
Our support and development initiatives are designed to help you at every stage of your career journey. From learning and development to mentoring to wellbeing. We have a dedicated team to support you and continued professional development opportunities.
Vaiolingi Foliaki – Trade Floor Support Engineer
Gavin Silva Pinto - Murex Consultant
FDMer Gavin Silva Pinto shares his experience on-site at one of the biggest banks in Australia.
Fiona McCarthy – Analyst Engineer
Vivek Desai - Senior Consultant
Vivek shares his experiences with FDM in Sydney and his transition into a career in IT.
Consultant at KPMG | Business Stream
Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Economics and Finance, University of Melbourne
Eager to develop her tech knowledge, Ming underwent the Business Analysis and Business Intelligence program at FDM. Through the training, she developed her confidence with SQL, data warehousing concepts and data visualisation. Ming is currently placed at KPMG as a consultant within a Data Migration team.
Business Analyst at HSBC | Business Stream
Bachelor in Business and Law, majoring in International Business, University of Western Sydney
The foundational knowledge built from the business component of the course has allowed Cliff to apply project management theory in an agile business environment. Cliff works in the digital team at HSBC, dealing with a myriad of stakeholders to gather requirements and turn those requirements into journeys that users take through mobile payment platforms and online banking experiences.
Global Markets Trade Floor Support Engineer at HSBC | Technical Stream
Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Human Resource Management with a minor in Information Science ,University of Otago
Vaiolingi is passionate about people and technology and is able to combine those in her current role as a Global Markets Trade Floor Support Engineer. She is dedicated to fulfilling and maintaining IT requirements on the trade floor whilst meeting customer’s needs. Specialising in information technology, business analysis and project coordination, she is committed to delivering timely and accurate technical support to internal and external stakeholders.
Desk Quant at ANZ | Technical Stream
Bachelor in Economics, Macquarie University
Sam’s work encapsulates many fields including quantitative finance, software development and high-performance computing. Global markets is a fast moving environment and Sam enjoys the problem solving that goes alongside it. Often, he will need to diagnose and solve emergent issues on the fly whilst also working on more structured, long term improvements with his team.
Diversity, social mobility and inclusion are an essential part of who we are. We are proud to be creating and inspiring exciting careers that shape our digital future by embracing talent from different backgrounds, nationalities, ethnicities and experiences.
A core value at FDM is that ‘together we are stronger’ and it is the differences that exist amongst us that make FDM stronger as one. As a people business, fostering an inclusive recruitment process that leads to a diverse working environment has always been key to our success.
We don’t have quotas or diversity recruitment targets, because we don’t need them. Inclusivity is one of our core values which is driven from the top down and therefore has become part of our DNA.
FDM is one of many organisations that use strengths-based interviews during the recruitment process. This ensures that we are assessing you based on your motivations and goals. We are more interested in what you want to achieve rather than past experience.
What is a strengths-based interview?
A strengths-based interview is designed to understand both what energises and motivates you, as well as what you do well. This differs from both competency-based interviews (which are focused more on what you can do or have done) or biographical interviews (which tend to be a talk through your CV).
Organisations use strengths-based interviews to find out what candidates love to do and do well. They are focused on making sure that the people they select are the right people for the right role - those who will enjoy their jobs, perform well and stay with the organisation.
Another reason organisations are increasingly using strengths-based interviews is that it is difficult for candidates to over-prepare for them, as you can with competency-based interviewing by thinking in advance about detailed pre-prepared past examples. As a result, the strengths-based interview is a lot more difficult to ‘fake’, and the organisation gets to see the ‘real’ candidate coming through. When the time comes for your strengths-based interview, stay calm and be yourself. Let your individuality shine though – this is what we’re really looking for.
How can I make sure I do well?
Before having a strengths-based interview, there are a few simple things you can think about that will help you show the best of yourself on the day. As you prepare for your strengths-based interview, think about:
- What your friends and family know you for - how would they describe you to a stranger?
- What you truly enjoy doing, and what you are like at your best
- The achievements you are proud of, and how you got there
- Activities (inside and outside work) that you do not particularly enjoy, and why
What kinds of questions will I be asked?
To help prepare for a strengths-based interview, be prepared for:
- A wide variety of question types
- The chance to express how you feel in relation to a task or activity
- A quicker pace than a competency-based interview, with more questions
- What is an activity or task that comes to you easily?
- What would you say is a successful day?
- Do you prefer the big picture or the small details?
FDM’s dynamic Graduate Program kick starts the careers of over 2,000 people each year, transforming them into IT and business professionals.
As an FDM consultant, you’ll be equipped with the latest professional and technical skills as well as a foot in the door to some of the world’s leading brands. FDM welcomes graduates from all degree backgrounds and look for people with the aptitude and attitude to succeed. Graduate Program applications are open all year round and there are multiple start dates throughout the year. Sound good?
So, what does FDM’s recruitment process involve? Here’s a handy guide with tips to help you get one step closer to your dream job!
1. Online Application
The first stage of the FDM recruitment process is completing an online application. Graduates have the option of choosing their preferred training pathway, either the business or technical stream.
Recruiter’s tip: When applying, always tailor your CV to the role and the organisation that you are applying for. Highlight the key areas in the selection criteria from your previous experiences. Adding a cover letter which demonstrates your interest for the role is a bonus as well!
2. Telephone Screening
After applying online, a member of the Recruitment Team will contact you for an informal chat to discuss the program and opportunities, and to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria.
- Graduated with minimum of bachelor’s degree
- Geographically flexible throughout Sydney and Melbourne to support our clients
- Eligibility to work in Australia for a minimum of 2 and a half years
3. Telephone Interview
The next step in the recruitment process is a 15 to 20-minute telephone interview consisting of a series of behavioural and experience-based questions. In the interview, your recruiter will assess your research into FDM, career aspirations, passion and knowledge of the IT industry and communication skills.
Recruiter’s tip: Make sure you provide detailed examples from your professional, personal and academic experiences that demonstrate your aptitude for the role. Ask lots of questions. As much as the recruiter wants to know you, it’s also your chance to get to know the company!
4. Assessment Centre
The final stage of the process is the FDM Assessment Day. For Sydney-based candidates, the assessment centre takes place in our Sydney centre in Barangaroo. The assessment day typically runs in the afternoon for 3 to 4 hours and consists of numerical and IT aptitude tests as well as face-to-face strength-based interviews. For non-Sydney based candidates, a virtual assessment centre is held wherein interviews are carried out via skype and tests are completed online.
The assessment day also includes a presentation about the company, a tour of the Sydney centre and a FAQ session by the HR manager.
Recruiter’s tip: Read the Assessment Centre guide thoroughly. FDM’s interviews are strengths based, which are designed to assess your capability and motivation. We’re not looking at your CV at this stage so make sure you are able to articulate your experience. Finally, be yourself and have fun!
For more information on available roles, check out FDM’s Graduate Jobs
FDM is proud to be leading by example in our efforts to create a more gender-balanced workforce. We are committed to supporting and encouraging women to pursue a career in IT and to break the executive barriers.
We are strong supporters of the Gender Pay Gap Policy and have reported a 0% median pay gap for two consecutive years. Read our gender pay gap report
At FDM, we firmly believe that #TogetHERwearestronger and drive for balance and equality across industries every day.
We understand that interviewing for a new job is tough. You know in the back of your mind that there could be dozens, sometimes even hundreds of other applicants vying for the same open positions and that pressure can be a bit overwhelming. How do you stand out from the crowd? How do you earn a second interview? Here at FDM Group, our application process begins with submitting your CV, followed by a telephone interview. We conduct thousands of phone interviews each year as the first step in the interview process for our Graduate Program. In other words, we have a pretty good idea of what you need to do to make a great first impression. From our experts, this is how to prepare for an FDM phone interview.
Before the call
There are many things you can do prior to your call to make the experience as slick and professional as possible. Thorough preparation will help make the FDM telephone interview far less stressful, which in turn will help you to perform to the best of your abilities.
Do your research
Make sure you research the company and its history. If possible, it’s always useful to know about the person conducting the interview. Check out the company’s channels to learn about any recent company news and get a feel for the company culture. Find something interesting about them to bring up. By mentioning something that is specific to the company when you get this question, you’ll stand out from others who have generic responses, and it will show your interviewer that you’ve really done your research.
Explore the role and match your skills to the position
You should have received a job description before your FDM phone interview. Your recruiter has read your CV, so you already know that your skillset is in line with what they are looking for. Make sure you have a firm understanding of exactly how your skills and experience align, as well as what transferable skills you may have that would help you in the role.
Have a copy of your CV, notes on the role and notes on the company to hand
With the exception of your CV, you will want to keep your notes short and high level. Make bullet points from your research and use these as prompts to jog your memory. Try to keep paper rustling to a minimum so it doesn’t interfere with the quality of the call and make sure it does not sound like you are just reading everything from a script. We may not be able to see you but, trust me, we’ll know!
Plan out where you will take the FDM phone interview in advance
Picking the best location for your phone interview may seem trivial, but it really is important. I once decided to take a phone interview in a park. It was a nice day, so I figured why not? This was a plan that clearly, I didn’t think through. Speaking over the traffic of the cars driving by, the sirens of an ambulance, a baby crying, and the dogs barking made it incredibly difficult to communicate properly. Here are some factors to consider when picking a location for a phone interview:
- Noise – Make sure it’s quiet. You don’t want to have to yell over the surrounding noise or ask your interviewer to repeat a question because you couldn’t hear.
- Comfort – Don’t take an interview outside if it’s freezing cold. By the end of it you’ll be miserable and want it to be over so you can get back inside.
- Reception – Nothing will ruin a great interview faster than dropping a call.
The tone in your voice is everything
By interviewing over the phone, you leave out all visual aspects that can normally help make or break you. You can’t show professionalism by walking through the door in a nice suit. You don’t get to show interest and intrigue with your body language while answering questions. It all comes down to the tone of your voice. Don’t go to a concert the night before and lose your voice singing at the top of your lungs. Have a glass of water next to you so you can refresh your throat. Make sure you sound confident and compelling in all of your answers in order to make a great impression.
Prepare and rehearse your answers to the FDM telephone interview questions
“Tell me a little bit about yourself” With this question, the recruiter wants to learn more about you. Your responses will give them a good idea of the things you enjoy, what motivates you and your personality. Your response can include a mix of academia, work experiences, and personal achievements. “Why are you applying for this program?” This tells the recruiter how serious you are about the role you have applied for. No employer wants to hire someone who isn’t genuinely interested in the job they have applied for, and it can be pretty obvious when this is the case. “What do you know about the role?” This question aims to tell a recruiter not only whether you have spent time to carefully read the job description, but what your interpretation of the job and responsibilities are. “Why do you want to work for us?” This may seem like an obvious question but think about all aspects of the company. This could include the company culture, a certain initiative you’ve read about, something you’ve seen on their social channels. There are lots of reasons why you might be interested in a company beyond pay and benefits. “Can you take me through your CV?” This is an opportunity for you to build a narrative around your education, career and extra-curricular achievements. CVs can only say so much, so this is a chance to bring it to life. Furthermore, how you answer this question will show how passionate you are about your achievements to date. “Do you have any questions for us?” Interviews are very much two-way conversations. The process is also a chance for you to decide if you are the right fit for the company and also if the company is for you. We highly recommend asking questions during your FDM phone interview as it shows that you are engaged, thoughtful and interested.
Keep answers short and concise
Without preparation, it can be easy to lose track of your response and ramble on. Remember to keep your answers focused and to the point, avoiding unnecessary “ums” and “ahs”, and try not to let yourself tail off at the end of a response.
After the FDM telephone interview
With the right preparation and effort, you should have a stress free and enjoyable phone interview. It’s always good to take a few moments to reflect on your performance, ask yourself were there any questions you could have answered better? Or were there any that just stumped you all together? Take note of these while they are fresh in your mind and think about how you would answer them better in future. Feeling confident enough to make an application? See what roles we have for you in the business and technology sector today.
Take a sneak peek inside FDM Group's office facility in Barangaroo, Sydney where new graduates start their career!
Lifts on the 21st Floor
FDM’s reception area
Town Hall / event space
One of the six classrooms in the Training Academy
Kitchen and breakout area
Internal staff area with meeting rooms
Academy kitchen and break out area
When it comes to launching a career in technology, there are many paths to choose from. One of the most exciting is Technology Consulting. Also known as an IT or Computer Consultant, or IT Advisory, you may have already heard about this role before, but what does it actually mean? What does a Technology Consultant do exactly?
Here’s everything you need to know about following a Technology Consultant career path.
What does a Technology Consultant do?
Technology Consultants play a vital role in the way businesses transform their use of technology. A Tech Consultant has the opportunity to get involved in a range of exciting projects to help businesses keep pace with the ever changing world of technology.
Businesses may choose to use Technology Consultants for a number of reasons. Firstly, they can be beneficial when a business is interested in implementing the newest piece of business technology and needs advice on how to best transition their systems. Similarly, they might be necessary when a business is facing a particular challenge. A dedicated Technology Consultant knows the company inside out, therefore can assist employees and clients with any issues that may arise.
Working as a Technical Consultant is a very versatile role: each day will bring new challenges and provide many opportunities to learn new things and expand your skill set. This could be working in Software Development, Quality Engineering, DevOps, Software Testing or lots more. A Tech Consultant has the chance to get creative in their role and think outside the box to help improve business processes and make a real difference to help achieve business goals.
For instance, a business may have a good, working system however they believe they can make their customer journey even more efficient and improve customer experience. A Technology Consultant can provide insight and creative solutions as to how to do this effectively without disrupting the business in the process and delivering real, tangible results.
Some of the responsibilities of a Technology Consultant include: conducting training sessions for employees, reporting, resolving client issues, software testing, troubleshooting issues and developing innovative solutions that will drive growth.
Help clients reach their goals
When choosing a career as a Technology Consultant, you are taking on an important role that is vital to the success of a business. It requires much more than just tech skills. You need a comprehensive understanding of your clients business ambitions and are required to communicate and deliver bespoke solutions in order to reach their goals. This means you need to be a natural problem solver and should have excellent communication skills.
Working as a Technology Consultant is a rewarding experience and allows you to make a positive impact on businesses and their customers.
How to become a Technology Consultant?
If you’re passionate about technology and love to keep up with all recent advancements in the industry, then becoming a Technology Consultant could be just the role for you. Are you a people-person with strong analytical skills and a knack for problem solving? It’s never too late to start a career in tech!
At FDM, we offer acclaimed programs that will equip you with the professional and industry-specific skills necessary to launch a successful career as a Technology Consultant with no prior experience. Our renowned program begins with a training course, followed by invaluable hands-on experience working with industry-leading clients.
If you think a Technology Consultant career path is the right fit for you, check out our Graduate Program to find out more!
At the forefront of our business are our people. From day one you will become part of the FDM family and will be supported throughout your career. Shaped by our core values, we have built a vibrant culture where ideas can flourish, talent is nurtured and achievements are recognised and rewarded.
You will be part of a global network and have access to our Support and Development initiatives, designed to help you at every stage of your journey with FDM. These include:
Our online wellbeing portal provides valuable resources to our consultants, such as one-to-one professional guidance and advice, and support from FDM Wellbeing Ambassadors.
Consultant Experience Partners
Consultant Experience Partners are on hand to provide support and career advice to FDM consultants during their time on-site working with our clients.
Our mentoring program partners new consultants with mentors who have similar career aspirations which help build long term professional development opportunities within the FDM community.
Online Learning and Development
We offer virtual training sessions, webinars, discussions and e-learning platforms for all our consultants, including access to LinkedIn Learning and Intuition Know-How.
FDM Networks are support groups led by our employees which are available to all our consultants to join and create discussion around shared characteristics and experiences or seek advice.
Employee Recognition Awards
At FDM, we take pride in our consultants' achievements and make sure to celebrate them with company awards, such as ‘Consultant of the Month’ and ‘Consultant of the Year’.
Consultant Collaboration Platform (SAP JAM)
SAP Jam is the virtual platform we use to provide somewhere for the FDM community to socialise with each other, as well as access helpful resources and learning aids to support their career journey.
Consultant Experience Events
At FDM, we aim to create a community where everyone feels involved. That’s why we host virtual events every month to give consultants the opportunity to get to know one another and keep connected.
We are looking for people who have a real passion for tech and innovation, and you don’t need any prior experience to apply. There has never been a more exciting time to join the tech industry, so why not start now?
Software development is a vast field and one that is creative, demanding and extremely rewarding. A career as a Software Developer gives you the opportunity to learn about the business as well as technology. Here are just a few reasons from some of our talented FDM Software Development consultants on why you should become a Software Engineer.
Why choose a Software Engineering career?
It is not uncommon to choose your career based on availability and salary offering, and when it comes to Software Engineering, you won’t be disappointed in those respects; Software Development is a booming industry and offers a career path with endless progression, opportunities and, depending on how good you are, decent pay. However, it’s not all about the money; there’s so much more to the role than that. So, if you’re thinking ‘should I become a Software Developer?’, here are just a few reasons why you should.
1. Test your problem-solving skills
There’s nothing more satisfying than solving a problem that’s been around for a while and nobody else knows how to solve. As a Software Developer you constantly provide solutions for users’ problems. You can be working on the occasional quick fix as well as more complex strategic solutions. Some problem-solving skills required to be a Software Developer include being able to split complex goals into smaller, more manageable ones. You should also be able to think in parallel. This means taking your smaller tasks, rearranging them and seeing if any are unnecessary so you can optimise your tasks and save time. Likewise, in an attempt to save time, a Software Engineer will need to design future-proof solutions that do not need re-designing each time a parameter change. Remember not everything needs to be designed from scratch too. Be resourceful and consider existing tools before you start on a new solution; you may find you can skip a few steps.
2. Get creative with code
Being in Software Development isn’t quite the same as being a Graphic Designer or Fine Artist, but that doesn’t mean it’s not creative in its own way. There are many ways in which Software Developers can be creative, including in the way you think to solve a problem: for example, you need to be able to put yourself in the users’ shoes in order to provide a solution, you need to create innovative new systems and functionality and you get to play around and learn new technologies. Creativity also comes into play when trying to design a well-thought complex solution to get the best out of computers. You begin with just a blank screen and a set of abstract ideas to construct your masterpiece using code. Creativity is just one of the many reasons to become a Software Engineer.
3. Project-based work structure
Another reason to become a Software Developer is the varied work structure which is project-based. Generally, you will be working on a huge variety of projects, both large and small, and there are so many advantages to this working style. Each new project that you work on brings a whole new set of challenges and gives you the opportunity to learn about new technologies, different systems, and explore various parts of the business. Project-based work also gives you a sense of structure as, most likely, you have a timeframe to work towards before you can finish and move on to the next exciting project.
4. Continuous learning opportunities
Technology is extremely fast moving, so Software Engineers need to be able to learn new programing languages and technologies and adapt to the continually changing environment. Alongside learning about technology, developers will often have the opportunity to develop their knowledge about the business and sector they are working in, as these are also ever-changing. This constant change is an amazing learning opportunity, keeping your mind fresh and the job interesting! What better reason do you need to get started in Software Engineering?
5. Collaboration across teams
The stereotype of a programer sitting in a room alone, coding all day, is actually very far from reality and very few developers work alone. In addition to technical skills, you need to be a great communicator and team player. You will often need to work as part of a team to share your knowledge and ideas and expand your understanding of good development practises, as well as how systems work to ensure you achieve the best end product. As a Developer, you will spend a lot of time collaborating with colleagues from multiple different departments, which means you have the chance to learn from others. “Communication skills are important. A great deal of my role involves communicating with my team mates, as well as other internal clients, effectively, whether you are discussing a bug that needs to be fixed, planning an upcoming release or talking to a client about a certain feature.” Michael, Software Developer in Macquarie’s Trade Service department Read more about Michael’s story on becoming a Software Developer.
Should I become a Software Developer?
If you’re a creative problem solver, team player and tech enthusiast, Software Development could be just the thing for you. Why not check out the FDM Software Development Graduate Program to find out more?