Completing a university degree is a very exciting time for
students but it can also be a challenging period in respect to finding industry
employment. After all, there are thousands of wannabe workers graduating simultaneously
and pursuing the finite number of positions available. So how do you get ahead?
Identifying organisations that offer plenty of opportunities
to fresh graduates is a good start. Launching in February 2015, GradAustralia is a start-up dedicated
to guiding students through the period of limbo between education and
employment. By identifying the top 100 graduate employers and shedding light on
how to impress these types of companies, GradAustralia is providing a valuable
resource for eager students.
Depending on your field of study, there are a wide variety
of organisations that offer a significant number of graduate programs and
positions, including global giants Google, PwC, Deloitte and BHP Billiton.
If you are on the hunt for a graduate program, finance is
certainly a field of study with plenty of potential. Of the Big Four accounting
consultancies in the world, three of them (Deloitte, PwC and KPMG) offer a combined
total of 1000 graduate positions each year in Australia, while Ernst and Young
Engineering is a vital industry and successful workers can
earn substantial salaries across a broad variety of specialised areas. BHP
Billiton has been a regular early fixture in the Top 100 Employer rankings and
is the first choice in the mining, oil and gas category. However, there are
other, less traditional avenues such as a position with Cochlear, the global
leader in hearing implants.
IT and technology
Unsurprisingly, Google is not only the number one ranked
company in IT and Technology but overall. While the number of graduate
positions available changes year-to-year for Google and fellow major player
IBM, there are 40 spots on offer at Hewlett-Packard (HP) and 20 at Microsoft.
Communications, media and advertising
This is one of the broader categories on this list and
encompasses media moguls News Corp and Fairfax, with the former controlling
more than 70 per cent of Australian newspapers. Major advertising and marketing
companies in the vein of Clemenger Group and Saatchi & Saatchi are another
avenue for media students, although competition for graduate positions is
Big companies like Qantas and DHL are the big fish when it
comes to transport and logistics but roles in the procurement sector exist in
various other organisations. GlaxoSmithKline is a major player in
pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare circles but requires supply chain management
and distribution staff, and offers Industry Based Learning (IBL) positions for
Along with doctors, lawyers have long been associated with
wealth and success in the occupational world. There is no shortage of legal
opportunities in major cities like Melbourne and Sydney, with top-ranked firms such
as Herbert Smith Freehills, Allen Linklaters and King & Wood Mallesons
constantly on the hunt for candidates to undertake internships and summer work
Retail and sales
Sales and retail is a diverse field, as the products
involved can range from packaged food and beverages to skincare, clothing and
electronics. Unilever is a leading retail and consumer goods company with over
400 brands to its name, including Rexona, Continental and Streets Ice Cream.