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Graduate Employment

As a graduate, you can commence your professional career in a number of ways. Exploring your alternatives will help you decide which is the best option for you.

Whether you are looking to secure a graduate position or undertake a structured graduate program, consider the advantages, disadvantages and potential outcomes of each opportunity. 

Graduate positions encompass all graduate employment opportunities that specifically advertise for a recent graduate, and are offered across all sectors and industries. These positions provide students with the training and development they need to contribute effectively and efficiently to an organisation, and to grow as a professional within their chosen field. These opportunities are often advertised as Graduate or Assistant, for example, Graduate Marketing Advisor, Assistant Accountant, or Graduate Architect.

You may wish to commence your professional career through a formalised graduate program that combines a full time position with structured mentoring and professional development. Graduate programs are mainly offered by large, multi-national organisations, and federal and state government departments. The disciplines of study from which organisations recruit will reflect their individual business needs.

Applications for graduate programs with multi-national companies and federal government departments open early in first semester. Applications for state government graduate programs open in July and August, with some differences between the various departments. Successful candidates will commence their graduate program the following year.

There are a number of websites which advertise graduate level positions and graduate programs. These websites include UniHubGraduate OpportunitiesGraduate Careers Australia, GradConnection,  Unigrad and Seek Graduate Jobs. Useful information for graduates and final year students, including application dates for graduate programs, can also be found on these websites, company websites may advertise graduate opportunities as they become available. You may also wish to identify potential employers you would like to work for and approach them directly, using your personal networks or cold canvassing techniques.

Attend the annual Curtin Careers Fair and Employer Events & Presentations in first semester to speak to graduate recruiters and find out about their programs and application processes. The Graduate Employment information sheet explains how a graduate position or program can help launch your professional career.

Whether you are an international student considering returning home upon graduation or a domestic student looking for a new experience overseas, searching for employment in another country can seem a daunting task. For assistance on the issues you need to consider you can view the online resource relating to Working Overseas. The GoinGlobal website gives individual country guides outlining key information you need to know. 

Curtin’s Global Careers site has been especially designed to link overseas employers with our students and graduates quickly and easily.  Access using your Curtin login details, and start browsing international graduate employment opportunities from across the world. 

If, after researching this information, you would like to discuss which option best suits you, contact Careers, Employment & Leadership to speak to one of our team. 

What you can do now...

Complete the 'Stop Googling, Start Networking' module online through Curtin Challenge, or book in to a Professional Development Workshop to complete the module in person.

Browse the Job Search Strategies resources and employment opportunities available through UniHub.

Browse the international employment opportunities available on Global Careers.

Our Careers & Employment Roadmap
 and GO ebook can provide tips on finding the right career direction for you.

These resources are exclusive to Curtin students, log in with your OASIS details.