How to get a top graduate job

Every business or commerce university student wants to get a top graduate job. Getting your foot in the door at the companies that attract only the best and brightest is no mean feat. With the right support, you can win the graduate job you want.

It’s graduate program recruiting season (for 2019 jobs), which begins in March/April for employers in both the private and government sectors. Management consulting and accounting firms remain keen to attract the best talent despite volatile economic circumstances worldwide, and if you can get in the door you’ll be provided with tremendous opportunity to grow your career as well as your bank balance. But the question is: how do you give yourself the best chance to get in that (very thick and prone-to-slamming) door?

It’s true that management consulting and accounting firms highlighted in the survey – including PwC (#1), KPMG (#2), Deloitte (#3), EY (#5) and Accenture (#7) – are exceptionally picky. And they can afford to be. They receive thousands of graduate program applications each year and usually no more than 100 candidates receive an offer after a rigorous assessment process. That process involves resume screening, aptitude testing, multiple interviews (usually one on video and one in person) and often a case study. Having a good degree from a high-ranking university and a stellar transcript behind you will only get you through the first gate – you’ll need more than that to get an employment offer.

Though it is difficult to prioritise spending your hard-earned money on professional support with your graduate job applications, the investment is almost always going to be worth it. As part of this same survey, 27% of graduates surveyed said that their university didn’t prepare them well for their job search*

So what are the sorts of skills that top 20 organisations will be looking for in graduates? Here are just a few:

  • Emotional intelligence – the ability to understand and interpret your own emotions and those of others is vital for modern leaders.
  • Ability to collaborate with others to achieve results – almost every role these days requires you to work collaboratively in teams to accomplish an outcome. Gone are the days when you sit at your desk all day working independently. You probably won’t even have an assigned desk at these organisations, with the trend to hot-desking or ‘activity-based’ work areas not going anywhere!
  • Critical thinking and analysis skills – being able to think about issues from multiple angles, weigh up potential solutions and make recommendations.
  • Creative problem-solving skills – coming up with new or innovative ways to attack a problem. You might not always have the right answer, but diverse perspectives and the ability to ‘think outside the box’ will always put you ahead.
  • Resilience and ability to adapt to change – long gone are the days of ‘a job for life’. Employers these days want graduates who can adapt to multiple different roles depending on business need. They also want people who are willing to take calculated risks, who can respond to disruption and who are always looking for growth opportunities.

We are here to help you navigate the highly competitive industry – contact us and learn how we can help you get your dream graduate job.


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