Top 10 graduate programs

Top 10 glorious graduate programs

Where does postgraduate education take you? Anywhere you want to go!

By Fran Molloy

So many opportunities open up with a postgraduate qualification. Industry, government and research institutions are all keen to hire graduates who can contribute their knowledge, creativity and passion for advances in science, technology and engineering.


Graduates from a range of fields including chemistry, pharmacy, water resource management, engineering and business have access to mentoring and professional development from top scientists and leaders through a structured and well-paid program.



Graduates join an 18- or 24-month program stream in banking, wealth, retail, risk, marketing or technology and rotate through a range of roles each six months. International opportunities are also available.


Australian Government

The Australian Government offers programs in wide-ranging fields, from agriculture to defence, education to Treasury. Graduate employment opportunities are advertised February–June.



The Cochlear graduate program rotates engineering graduates through different teams for 12 months as part of a three-year learning program building project management and leadership skills.


General Electric

Over two dozen graduates join GE Australia’s graduate program in financial management, engineering or IT leadership each year, where they are offered a mentorship program, job shadowing and roundtable access to senior stakeholders.


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Business, science, computing and humanities graduates are eligible for the Future Leaders three-year program, which involves 3–4 rotations in different locations in Australia and abroad and includes management training.



Graduates join Google from a range of fields to take up training roles in technical, product management, legal, administration and other areas.



Property and engineering giant Lendlease offers a two-year structured program rotating graduate entrants across five business areas both locally and internationally.



Sensis offers graduate roles in its product development and marketing division to those with a ‘digital-first mindset’ and a degree in business, commerce, economics, marketing, IT or computer science.


Technology One

About: Software, IT and engineering graduates are in demand at Technology One – an Australian-based global enterprise software company with offices in six countries.


Heather Catchpole

Author: Heather Catchpole

Heather co-founded Careers with STEM publisher Refraction Media. She loves storytelling, Asian food & dogs and has reported on science stories from live volcanoes and fossil digs

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