Final year students and graduates

Graduate programs  are highly sought after positions, the short recruitment period for corporate and government positions occurs in January - March of each year with the jobs commencing the following year. . A successful placement in a grad program will give your a great career a kick start.

 Jobs advertised as Graduate roles and Entry level positions are also appropriate to apply for if you are new to the professional workforce. Positions can become available and be applied for at any time.

Graduate programs:

  • Unique job opportunities offered by medium to large organisations, including government departments
  • Are available  to apply for by anyone who meets the program eligibility criteria. 
  • Age, gender and cultural diversity is encouraged by most graduate employers, though there are sometimes residency and citizenship eligibility conditions. 
  • Applications open in late January  for the majority of industries
  • Specialised program recruitment timing can vary a little from year to year; medical internships  May through June,  nursing graduate programs  June  through August, law traineeships June through August  and teaching  September to November 
  • Paid work, training and development (1 or 2 years)
  • Opportunities for organisations to test your abilities as potential ongoing employees

Specialist graduate programs

In certain fields, graduate recruitment is conducted through a centralised system:

Benefits of graduate programs

  • Increases your chance of getting into an ongoing full-time position
  • Teaches you practical workplace skills
  • Helps you build professional relationships
  • Provides quality experience for your future career

International students

  • Some graduate programs accept applications from international students
  • Search Graduate Opportunities for international students
  • Check the eligibility requirements of each position
  • Make sure you have the appropriate visa or residency status
  • If an organisation is recruiting international students, a compulsory component of your application is an IELTS result. Get organised early, as booking in for an IELTS test can be difficult

Application process

Graduate programs are competitive and applications require more work than applying for general jobs. The application process might require you to:

  • Write a lengthy application
  • Conduct a phone or video interview
  • Conduct one or more face to face interviews
  • Attend an assessment centre
  • Take tests of your skills, aptitudes and personality type

Look for graduate programs and graduate roles on Unihub, GradConnection  and Graduate Opportunities

For further assistance you can book an appointment with a Career Consultant

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