What makes an excellent graduate program?

What makes an excellent graduate program? The best graduate programs in STEM

Are you looking for an entry level job with a great career development program?

Graduate programs are structured programs (usually lasting for 1–2, but sometimes up to 4 years) which are tailored to the specific company and industry.

The programs often include structured rotations across various company departments to give you a taste of different career areas and broaden your skills.


The best graduate programs provide:

> > Extensive induction and training programs

> > Mentoring programs

> > Career progression planning

> > Excellent supervision and feedback

> > Compensation and benefits

> > A good work/life balance and inclusive company culture



How to choose the best graduate programs for you

If you want tips on how to select a grad program, the Australian Association of Graduate Employers releases the top 75 Graduate Employers each year based on the survey results of thousands of graduates.

You can view the full list here or check out our breakdown of the top 10.

Engineering graduate Astrid Jonelynas works for one of the top 10: she’s in Commonwealth Bank’s retail product platform. “Every day I feel like I’m making a contribution, “ says Astrid. “There are so many options for the future.”


Australia’s 2018 Top 10 Graduate Employers

As voted by graduates.

1. Evans Dixon

2. REA Group

3. ThoughtWorks

4. The Department of Mines

5. AMP

6. The Water Corporation

7. Commonwealth Bank

8. PwC

9. Monadelphous Group

10. Dulux Group


The Thales Graduate Program

One of the best graduate programs to keep in mind for 2019 is the two-year Thales Graduate Program.

The multinational company designs and builds electrical systems for the aerospace, defence, transport and security industries and their grad program targets engineering, IT/CS and business/finance grads. The grad program focuses on building up a diverse portfolio of skills.


Flexible qualifications

Heaps of grad programs are even more flexible around graduate qualifications.

For example, the Australian Federal Police Graduate Program, employ graduates from most tertiary disciplines.

The 12-month program aims to build up your knowledge, skills and networks in business areas such as counter-terrorism, international operations, strategic policy and victim-based crime.



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Larissa Fedunik-Hofman

Author: Larissa Fedunik-Hofman

Larissa is the editorial assistant for Careers with STEM and a Chemistry PhD student. Larissa’s goal is to promote public engagement with STEM through inspiring stories.


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