Celebrating 10 years of recognising Top Australian University Students & Universities
The Top100 Future Leaders Awards are your opportunity to make friends with students from universities across the country, gain exposure to Australia's top grad employers and have your name printed in The Australian Financial Review! These Awards provide you with a unique experience to develop your application skills, communication skills, and your personal branding, and as a Finalist you'll be able to accelerate your career.
"By being recognised as a Top100 Leader, it just opens up so many doors to you, and every employer wants to come and have a conversation with you and see what you’ve done, where you’re going." - Anthony Takyi, Head of Careers Engagement at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
“I think just putting yourself out there and putting yourself through the experience of interviewing and talking to people, talk to companies that you want to one day work for. I think it is really valuable for building confidence and also reveals opportunities you might not have thought of.” - Isabella Andrews (Coles IT Top100 Future Leader Award Finalist, 2023)
"I really didn't think I was going to win but I just thought it would be a really rewarding process to go through. Like what a corporate interview is like, get that exposure to companies, and put myself out there and represent my community as well" - Saraa Al-Saddik (Transition Hub First in Family Top100 Future Leader Award Winner, 2023)
"I feel like I've made some lifelong friends and I've said to several of you - we've seen each other for 12hrs and I feel like I've known you for weeks!" - Emerson Nugent (Goodman Fielder FMCG Top100 Future Leader Award Winner, 2023)
"I'm going to leave this feeling very inspired by all the people I've met and really inspired by seeing so much diversity on the stage tonight - this is really cool!" - Stephanie Dunn (Quantium Data Science Top100 Future Leader Award Winner, 2023)
Start your application to the Top100 Future Leaders competition here.
You’ll then complete a selection of psychometric tests commonly used by many of Australia’s top graduate employers. Read: 4 Psychometric Testing Must-Knows for Graduates
Next you'll do a video interview, which has recently become an important step in a typical high-volume recruiting process. Read: What Do Employers Look for During the Top100 Future Leaders Awards?
"The Assessment centre is fun because you get to meet the other finalists, and the game was super chaotic!". The assessment centre is held in-person in Sydney usually the day before the Awards Night, and is run by Chandler Macleod. You’ll be assessed directly by employers from your award's sponsoring company! Read: Top Tips to Succeed in Graduate Assessment Centres
"The Oscars of Grad Recruitment" - held in February, the graduate employers that participate in your applicant assessments will announce the winning students at a spectacular Awards Evening! Check out photos from the night and hear what our 2023 winners took away from their experience - asides from the awards themselves ;)
All finalists, winners and universities are published in the AFR alongside our results for the Top100 graduate employers.
A truly global firm with a reputation for high performance, a wealth of industry experience and a refreshingly open and diverse culture: this is who we are. For you, this means being part of a collaborative, respectful and inclusive work environment and interacting with some of the most agile and incisive thinkers in the legal sector. Join us, and you’ll work alongside dynamic and committed professionals, tackle interesting challenges and have the satisfaction of knowing that you have worked in partnership with clients around the world to achieve their ambitions.
The Ashurst Law Award is seeking highly analytical students with an interest in corporate and commercial law. You must be studying a degree or discipline majoring in Law; ideally a LLB or Juris Doctor.hide
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) represents more than 136,000 financial professionals, supporting them to build value and make a difference to the businesses, organisations and communities in which they work and live.
Around the world, Chartered Accountants are known for their integrity, financial skills, adaptability and the rigour of their professional education and training. Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is a proud partner of the 2024 Top 100 Graduate Employers and Future Leaders Awards.
The Accounting award is seeking students from Accounting degrees.hide
Clifford Chance is one of the world's pre-eminent law firms with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collegiate, and team-based way of working. We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not for profit organisations. We provide them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm's global standards with in-depth local expertise.
The Clifford Chance Social Impact Award is seeking students who are currently studying Law (or Law/Business double degree).hide
Over the last century, Coles Group has evolved into an iconic portfolio of leading retail brands. Our 115,000 team members are customer-obsessed. It’s one of the reasons we were recently recognised as one of Australia’s most trusted brands, and as team members we each play a key role in delivering on our purpose - to sustainably help all Australians lead healthier, happier lives.
To inspire our 21 million weekly customers we’re investing in new technology, using advanced analytics and strategically partnering with global leaders in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, digitalisation, automated warehousing and online fulfilment.
We are also investing in future talent through our award-winning emerging talent program, where from day one graduates will see the outcomes of their work make a meaningful impact for millions of Australians every week.
The Coles IT award is seeking students studying IT-related degrees, specifically Software Engineering, Cyber Security, Telecommunications, Networking, BIS, Data Science, Data Analytics, Computer Science, Applied Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Technology.hide
Whether you’re passionate about customer service, driven by data, or called by creativity, a career with CommBank is for you.
Our people bring their diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives to build a respectful, inclusive and flexible workplace. One where we’re driven by our values, and supported to share ideas, initiatives, and energy. One where making a positive impact for customers, communities and each other is part of our every day.
Here, you’ll thrive. You’ll be supported when faced with challenges, and empowered to tackle new opportunities. We really love working here, and we think you will too.
The CommBank Brighter Communities award is seeking students studying Maths, Banking and Finance, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Agribusiness.hide
As a global leader in assurance, tax, strategy and transactions and consulting, our ambition is to solve the world’s toughest problems. That starts with a culture that believes in giving you the training opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. Harness our scale, our tech, our teams and our culture to realise your potential. Learn from the best, surround yourself with the curious, ask better questions to seek better answers; build a better working world, together.
Now more than ever we need talented students from diverse degrees and backgrounds to help our clients navigate the complexities of this Transformative Age: people with the passion, curiosity and drive to make things better. We bring extraordinary people, like you, together to build a better working world.
The exceptional EY experience. It’s yours to build.
The EY Innovation Award is seeking students who are currently studying any discipline.hide
At Jacobs, every day is an opportunity to make the world better, more connected, more sustainable. We’re powered by more than 60,000 people across the globe who deliver innovative scientific, technical, professional and program-management solutions for public and private clients around the world. As a purpose-led company, we know we have a pivotal role to play in addressing the climate emergency. We consider this not only good business, but our duty to channel our technology-enabled expertise and capabilities toward benefitting people and the planet. The Jacobs Sustainability Award is seeking students who have a passion for environmentally sustainable solutions. Ideally, you’re in your penultimate of university studying Engineering (Civil/Structural, Environmental, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Geotechnical, Power/Renewable Energy), Environmental Science, Geology, Architecture, Project Management or Sustainability.hide
Quantium is a global leader in the application of data analytics and engineering, helping individuals, organisations and society solve important problems using data. We have a track record of innovation and combining the best of human and artificial intelligence to power possibilities and we're proud of it!
At Quantium, you'll join a diverse global and local team of experts that spans actuaries, statisticians, data scientists, product leaders, strategy consultants, software engineers, delivery managers, industry experts, designers, and futurists - all dedicated to harnessing the power of data to drive transformational outcomes.
The Quantium Data Science Award is seeking students who are currently studying Actuary, Maths, Science and Statistics.hide
Rio Tinto is a mining and metals company operating in 35 countries around the world. Our purpose is finding better ways to provide the materials the world needs. Rio Tinto’s Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) function is the digital backbone accountable for the end-to-end delivery of critical communications, and integrated technology and data services globally. IS&T provides stable and secure IT services and customer-centric software products that supports our business to produce mineral resources safely, efficiently and responsibly. We are looking for motivated students who want to reinvent tomorrow and make lasting change. Our two-year graduate program gives you the tools and skills to innovate and invent – challenging the way we do things and helping us to find a better way.
The Rio Tinto IT award is seeking students studying IT-related degrees, specifically Information Technology, Cyber Security, Data Science, Machine Learning Engineering, Software Engineer, Machine Learning, Computer Science.hide
Suncorp is home to Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted names in financial services. We are a sustainable and responsible financial services Group that helps our customers, people, shareholders and communities to prosper. Our purpose is: Building futures and protecting what matters. We have great talent in our organisation who work with passion for Suncorp and our communities. It is our people that bring our strategy to life and make the difference in achieving our goals. Our student employment programs have been going strong since 2006, and we are committed to offering diverse opportunities for our graduates to thrive and make a difference, not only for their future, but for the future of others.
The Suncorp Resilient Communities Award is seeking students who are currently studying Agriculture, Science, Arts & Humanities, Business & Commerce, Risk.hide
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, and Foods & Refreshment products, with sales in over 190 countries and products used by 3.4 billion people every day.
The Unilever Future Leaders Program (UFLP) is about developing tomorrow’s leaders today. We offer world-class development opportunities in a fast-paced, challenging work environment. You’ll learn from the best, both internally and externally; inspiring leaders and colleagues to support your professional and personal growth.
The Unilever FMCG Award is seeking students who are currently studying any sales and marketing or any FMCG related discipline.hide
Westpac is Australia’s first bank and oldest company, one of four major banking organisations in Australia and one of the largest banks in New Zealand.
When you join Westpac Group, you’ll be empowered to make a difference, speak your truth and create a future worth striving for. But best of all you’ll be joining a whole organisation of people who love working together to help others create their best future.
We are proud to support graduates from a range of universities and disciplines into a wide range of careers. We embrace diversity, recognising the value people bring to us with their individual differences, qualities, ideas and insights.
Westpac Group’s Banking and Finance Award is seeking students with ‘Uncommon Minds’, who are currently studying any degree discipline with a major in Economics or Finance.hide
Transition Hub brings together teams of expert coaches to work with diverse cohorts of graduates, professionals, leaders, athletes, defence personnel and entrepreneurs.
Through a dynamic shared development week, people extend their communication skills, build career pathways and new networks.
Transition Hub is on a mission to humanise the future of work.hide
Should you reside outside of the greater Sydney area, GradConnection will organise your return flights and accommodation so you may attend. This is subject to terms.
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