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The Communications Council represents 160 advertising agencies in Australia. Every year we help our member agencies recruit and place grads into their advertising agencies in Sydney and Melbourne.

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Fast track your way to a career in advertising. For over 30 years The Communications Council has offered graduates opportunities within account management in agencies specialising in creative, PR, digital, experiential and activation. NEXT STEP: Apply Now!

2018 Key Dates

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What is The Communications Council Graduate Program?

The program commences January 2018 and runs for six months in Sydney and Melbourne. Most positions are for Account Management, but this can lead to other roles like strategic planning, digital, creative, experiential, activation and PR. There is an online application process, followed by shortlisted selection and assessment days in Sydney and Melbourne. Successful grads will start work at the end of January 2018.

Once you’ve started, you will be enrolled in our exceptional training program for the next six months.

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Eligibility

The Graduate Program is open to anyone with a tertiary qualification/TAFE equivalent from any discipline. You must be a recent graduate having completed your degree in the last 18 months and you must be an Australian or NZ citizen, or Australian permanent resident

Who are you?

You might be a marketing or communications grad, but equally you might not be. (We’ve had successful grads from law, commerce, architecture and science). What you will be is curious, creative, able to think round corners, sociable, articulate, and be interested in what makes people tick. And have something that makes you a bit different.

You also have to be an Australian or NZ citizen (and have a tertiary qualification, completed in the past 18 months).

How does it work?

  • Apply online (applications close 11 October, 11:45pm)
  • Come to an Information Night in Sydney or Melbourne on 27 Sept to hear more from last year’s grads and agency leaders.
  • Find out if you’re shortlisted
  • If you are shortlisted, attend a free pre-assessment workshop for tips on strategy, idea generation and presentation skills
  • Attend Assessment Day on 15 November where shortlisted candidates will do a group exercise and an individual presentation to a panel of Heads of Talent from major agencies
  • Agencies will approach candidates and arrange further interviews
  • Successful candidates will be advised and will start at the end of January 2018
  • You will then be automatically enrolled into a 6 month training program as part of The Communications Council Graduate Program

The Graduate Program Training

The following training modules are included (all of this training is at no expense to the graduate):

Training

What is IPA?

The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) offers a suite of professional award-winning qualification created by the industry, for the industry. With record breaking numbers enrolling globally each year, and over 10,000 practitioners having passed an IPA qualification over the last ten years, they will give you an edge over your peers.

Why choose The Comms Council Grad Program?

The Communications Council represents 160 advertising agencies in Australia. Every year we help our member agencies recruit and place grads into their advertising agencies in Sydney and Melbourne.

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Want a career in Advertising or PR?

Are you ready to work in an exciting, innovative, fast-paced environment while receiving valuable hands-on experience? Are you a story teller and specialist who can become a generalist in this fragmented world of marketing communications? Are you focused and ambitious? Are you able to identify opportunities? If this sounds like you, and you’re ready to jump-start your career in marketing communications and work on challenging projects then read on as this program is for you.

We’re looking for curious, interesting and innovative people. People who are interested in contributing to the ever-changing advertising, PR and marcomms world. Not creative people per se (we have AWARD School for budding copywriters and art directors) but people who use their creativity to solve marketing problems. We want those who use both sides of the brain. You might have done law, accounting, architecture, philosophy, psychology or any of the more traditional paths into advertising and PR.


About the Communications Council

We’re not an advertising agency so who are we and what is our role running a graduate program?

It’s as simple as this: we are Australia’s peak industry body representing marketing communications agencies, with a member base comprising more than​ 120 agencies across a diverse range of disciplines that are at the forefront of commercial creativity. We create a footprint across the increasingly integrated world of creative, digital, healthcare, design, direct marketing, promotion, public relations, creative, production and strategic planning.

Our members take great pride in their work and look to us to attract and engage new talent to help them continue to be commercially successful. They seek and crave creative, innovative, team-oriented individuals who are passionate about the industry and are ready to roll their sleeves up to work shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most talented professionals in the industry.

How are we any different to any other graduate program?

How many graduates have the opportunity to be mentored by 40 different leaders? This is what stands us apart from other graduate programs. Our member agencies include integrated agencies as well as specialists in healthcare advertising, public relations, digital, experiential and brand activation. Our program provides a broad range of opportunities for a diverse group of candidates.

The Communications Council Graduate Program has a long and proud history of over 30 years with nurturing graduate talent. In 2016 we placed 33 into advertising agencies in Sydney and Melbourne. Some of the participating agencies over the past few years have included

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How to Apply

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Apply Now

  1. Apply online. Applications close 11 October
  2. Come to an Information Night in Sydney or Melbourne on 27 September to hear more from last year’s grads and agency leaders
  3. Find out if you’re shortlisted
  4. If you are shortlisted, attend a free pre-assessment workshop for tips on strategy, idea generation and presentation skills
  5. Attend an Assessment Day on 15 November where shortlisted candidates will do a group exercise and an individual presentation to a panel of Heads of Talent from major agencies
  6. Agencies will approach candidates and arrange further interviews
  7. Successful candidates will be advised and will start at the end of January 2018
  8. You will be enrolled into a six month training program as part of The Communications Council Graduate Program

Key dates for 2018

Key Dates

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FAQ

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What are we looking for in your application?

You’ll need to have a keen eye for detail. Grammar, spelling, punctuation are still important. Don’t tell us, but show us you are passionate about your future career. Somewhere in your application, plant a big idea that makes you stand out from the rest. Don’t simply list your achievements; tell us about the person behind the application.

How long is the graduate program?

The program runs for 6 months from January - June/July, with specific criteria to be successfully completed.

How many graduate positions are there each year?

The number varies each year depending on the number of participating member agencies. In 2017, 39 graduates were successful in agencies across both Sydney and Melbourne.

When does the 2018 program start?

It is anticipated that you will start in one of our member agencies in late-January 2018.

What is the salary?

Like many other graduate programs in Australia, the base salary is industry standard and entry level between $40-50K.

What happens after the graduate program finishes?

Will the agency keep me on? The aim is to retain graduates wherever possible but this will depend on a number of factors unique to the agency in which you are placed.

What’s the minimum qualification that is required to apply for the program?

The program is designed for undergraduates. We encourage applicants from any academic discipline who have successfully completed a university degree or TAFE equivalent within the past 18 months with a credit average and above.

Do I have to be an Australian Citizen to apply for the program?

Yes. This is a local industry program. We are not accredited to take international students and therefore it’s mandatory to have Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency.

Do I need to have a Comms Degree?

No, we accept anyone from any discipline but you much have a University Degree/TAFE equivalent.

How do I submit my application?

Apply online. Applications close 11 October.

Who do I contact if I have a question regarding the application process?

Please contact [email protected]

Can I apply for the graduate program in Sydney and Melbourne?

You can only apply for either Sydney or Melbourne and NOT both.

What’s involved in the application process?

  • Submit an online application (if you are shortlisted we will request your CV, academic transcript and proof of citizenship/permanent residency)
  • If selected, attend the assessment day
  • If selected, agency interviews
  • Reference checks
  • Offers

Tips

  • Familiarise yourself with the deadlines
  • Complete all questions to the best of your ability
  • Write clearly and check for spelling errors

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