Application procedures for graduate programs allow employers to consider large numbers of applicants to fill positions that will commence the following year. There are often lots of hurdles along the way to help weed out applicants as they go.
The recruitment process can begin early in the semester – sometimes before semester even starts – so there is a real advantage to those who are prepared to apply straight away compared to those who are not.
A typical recruiting process might look like:
- Online application form
- Online aptitude test
- Telephone or video interview
- In person interview
- Assessment centre or panel interview
The key is to make sure you can put time aside to figure out which programs suit you best, and to apply and not miss out. You’ve got to be in it to win it!
How to stay informed
Make sure you are across any opening and closing dates and which organisations are recruiting from your field of study. A few programs may open in January but many more will open mid to late February and stay open through March or even April. Employers recruiting across Computing and IT can also advertise later in the year, in August/September. Many will promote their graduate programs at Careers Fairs.
Most graduate programs might, at first glance, seem more relevant to Commerce and Engineering but – don’t be fooled – many will now recruit across all disciplines.
Don’t forget that UniHub advertises available graduate programs, and at Curtin we will be hosting our first semester Careers Fair on March 14. We are also here to help you out each step of the way, from self-assessment to sourcing the right organisations to assisting with the application process.
For more on job seeking and planning your time when applying for jobs you can check out our Looking for Work resource.