If you're in your final year of study or have recently graduated, it's perfectly normal to be feeling both nervous and hopeful about the future. However, with the fluctuating economy being at the height of the news cycle, the disruption caused by Covid-19, and a couple of years of online learning for most, uncertainty has been at its peak. So what does this mean for graduates?
While previous years painted a hazy picture, the rebounding job market has created somewhat bright prospects for young job-seekers.
The Top 100 Graduate Employers report looks at the state of the workforce in Australia for university graduates. Published by the Australian Financial Review in partnership with GradConnection, also provides a ranking of 100 companies that recent graduates are most engaged with.
The report's introduction says that despite all the chaos of the last couple of years, we have arrived at a graduate’s market — it's actually employers who are being kept on their toes, working hard to both attract and retain talent. It states: ‘for many young people, the question they ask themselves is not so much, “Will I get a job? It is more along the lines of, “Where do I want to work?”’. The Gen Z workforce is one of values, purpose and contribution to society – ‘this is not the Wolf of Wall Street generation.’
The top 10
Below, we have listed the top 10 of the 100 highest-ranked graduate employers listed in the report.
- NSW Government
- Westpac Group
- DXC Technology
All Big Four accounting firms and three of the Big Four banks placed in the top 10.
Improving your prospects at graduation
An analysis accompanying the report includes a message from Dan Purchas of GradConnection. His advice to students is that while the power is currently in the hands of the employee, it’s still highly recommended to get as much experience while studying as possible.
Looking to stand out from the crowd? Purchas says that students may want to consider following activities, which will make all the difference to your CV when applying for graduate roles:
- Getting involved in clubs and societies
- Undertaking internships
- Applying for scholarships
- Completing a semester of study abroad
You can read the report and view the full top 100 graduate employers for 2022 here, including a detailed analysis on the current graduate market and information by sector.