Many jobs could fit this description, and don’t always have the word ‘graduate’ in the job title. For jobs in small and medium organisations, getting the job will often occur through your networks or via direct approach (or responding to an advertisement in the standard way, with application documents such as a resume).  

Large organisations, such as government departments and corporate firms, offer formal training roles in graduate programs, which are structured opportunities designed for graduates. Read below for more information about graduate programs, which have specific application processes.

  • Graduate Opportunities 
  • Register at the RMIT CareerHub site.
  • The Australian Industry Group graduate employment service 
  • Visit RMIT careers events, such as the Careers Fair (March) and Work Experience Fair (August), where employers visit campuses to tell students about their organisations.
  • Keep an eye out for emails from your school, lecturers and tutors, and check school noticeboards.
  • Go to careers events offered through external professional associations, such as CPA, The Big Meet in March and Aerospace.
  • Check employment websites, e.g. SeekJobSearch and CareerOne, also on LinkedIn

If you’re not sure where to start, you might get some ideas from this list.

The Top Graduate Employers list is a great guide to the best places to work for new graduates entering the workforce. Companies are ranked from survey feedback gathered from real graduates who have spent 12 months working with these organisations.

  1. SA Power Networks
  2. ThoughtWorks Australia
  3. Laing O'Rourke
  4. Dulux Group
  5. Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
  6. Chevron Australia Pty Ltd
  7. Mars Australia
  8. Mobile Rehab
  9. Reserve Bank of Australia
  10. Auditor-General's Department - SA
  11. KordaMentha
  12. Shell Australia
  13. AMP Services Limited
  14. Department of Finance
  15. Department of Mines and Petroleum (WA)
  16. BDO
  17. Australia Post
  18. Santos
  19. Suncorp Group
  20. Arup Pty Ltd

 ► Top 75 Australian graduate employers

Graduate programs are paid roles in large companies and government departments that include training, development and support, usually for one to three years.

Some employers offer programs that train graduates for a specific role or function within their organisation, while others are broader and may lead to different kinds of work.

Graduate programs are open for students to apply in the final year of their undergraduate or postgraduate studies. Recent graduates can also apply.

Employers often indicate specific disciplines they are recruiting, but also offer general ‘all disciplines’ programs.

Search broadly and be creative when you’re looking for a job.

Many positions are never advertised, but filled through direct contact with employers or personal networks; so take advantage of any internships, vacation work or contacts you’ve made through the University, clubs, professional associations or friends. Look for graduate jobs

Employers will ask for some combination of an online application form, resume, and recorded video. Online forms may require you to answer questions similar to the ones you might answer in an interview, which require a detailed response. Some employers also include an online psychometric test, which assess verbal, numeric and abstract reasoning.

Next stages of recruitment can include face-to-face interviews, assessment centres (which are recruitment tests done as part of a large group) and further online testing. 

It’s worth commencing your search for a graduate job from the beginning of your final year.  There are a few reasons:

  • Graduate programs recruit up to a year in advance; they advertise and begin recruiting students just as they commence their final year (to begin their job a year later)
  • Other non-graduate program employers may also recruit in advance
  • Finding a graduate job can take some time - RMIT’s Career Health Check program offers you free, specialised careers services in your final year to help with the search.

You may be surprised to learn that your academic results are not the most important thing in the eyes of graduate employers. Your academic results are only one of a number of different skills, attributes and experiences employers look at when they are considering hiring you. According to annual surveys of graduate employers by Graduate Careers Australia, these are the things employers value most, in order: 

  1. Interpersonal and communication skills
  2. Passion/commitment/industry knowledge
  3. Critical reasoning and analytical skills
  4. Academic results
  5. Teamwork skills
  6. Work experience
  7. Cultural fit
  8. Emotional intelligence
  9. Leadership skills
  10. Curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Check yourself against the list. Can you demonstrate all of these skills? Figure out your weak points and work to address them.

You may be surprised to learn that your academic results are not the most important thing in the eyes of graduate employers. Your academic results are only one of a number of different skills, attributes and experiences employers look at when they are considering hiring you. According to annual surveys of graduate employers by Graduate Careers Australia, these are the things employers value most, in order: 

  1. Interpersonal and communication skills
  2. Passion/commitment/industry knowledge
  3. Critical reasoning and analytical skills
  4. Academic results
  5. Teamwork skills
  6. Work experience
  7. Cultural fit
  8. Emotional intelligence
  9. Leadership skills
  10. Curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Check yourself against the list. Can you demonstrate all of these skills? Figure out your weak points and work to address them. 

  • Show an employer you’re passionate and committed by finding out about their organisation as well as your field or profession. 
  • Gain experience and develop other skills, such as teamwork, with a part-time job, holiday job, volunteering or Work Integrated Learning.

Career events, seminars and workshops offer information on searching for jobs, application processes and interview skills.