Graduate Work

What is a graduate program?

Graduate positions are structured professional development roles designed specifically for new or recent graduates and offered by government departments and large organisations. Students typically commence graduate roles directly after completing their final year of study; most programs will require the applicant to have completed their degree within the previous two years to be eligible.

The benefits of a graduate program include a supportive environment, an opportunity to work in a number of different roles during a rotational schedule, on-the-job training and mentoring and an emphasis on learning and development. Programs generally range in length from one to three years and may include rotational or fixed roles within a specific department.

Although graduate roles carry entry-level responsibilities, you should also expect to manage important projects and play a significant role in your department or team. Whether you are part of a large program of 50 or more graduates or are the only graduate in your organisation, you’ll develop valuable skills to carry through your career. You’ll be challenged and have to think on your feet in a range of professional environments.