Northeast Quadrant has been a leader in graduate recruitment for more than 10 years. Peter Pychtin, Director of Northeast Quadrant is a subject matter expert in graduate recruitment. His advice is highly valued and he has given countless presentations to students and employers. Each year employers turn to Northeast Quadrant for assistance in graduate recruitment and recruiting interns.
International Students and Graduates
When Do Employers Recruit For Graduates?
Graduate recruitment takes place all year round. While around 300 employers run campus recruitment programs each March and April, the majority of graduate employers recruit throughout the year. Many recruit in the second university semester while there are organisations that recruit year-round as graduate roles become available.
Even if you don’t see the right graduate role advertised by Northeast Quadrant, you should register your CV for new opportunities. When we receive an employer request for graduates we start with a search of candidates on the Northeast Quadrant system.
Applying for Graduate Roles from Interstate or Overseas
Because our employers are national organisations, our graduate positions are across the Australian capital cities and in NZ. If you apply for a position that is out-of-state the first interview is typically by phone. However, you should be prepared to cover your own travel costs for a second round interview with the employer organisation. Some employers will pay for travel expenses but others won’t for graduate positions.
What do Employers Look for in Graduates?
While it varies by employer, a guide is credit average academics; relevant part-time work experience; clear communication skills – both verbal and written; and strong examples of initiative, team work and problem solving skills.
Current graduate roles are listed under Find a Top Job
Internships vary widely.Employer internships can range from 8 weeks to a year. These are full-time paid positions where the employer hires the student directly. University sponsored internship placements, which can be paid or unpaid. Volunteer internships. These are now less common due to changes in the Federal Government FairWork Act. Internship programs offered by training organisations. These combine structured training and three months unpaid work experience. However, students pay to participate in these programs.
Internship programs are listed under Find a Top Job
International Students and Graduate Programs
The issue for International Graduates is whether they are eligible for Graduate Programs. Most employers want to hire graduates who have permanent residency or citizenship. Here is an explanation of common employment eligibility terms for graduates.
Unrestricted Working Rights. A graduate can work indefinitely with the organisation. Typically this is PR or Citizenship.
No Sponsorship Required. A graduate can have a 485 visa and is eligible to work for 18 months and be intending to apply for permanent residency. An International Graduate can apply for the Graduate Program.
Permanent Residency at the Time of Application. Graduates who have applied for PR but have not yet been granted PR are ineligible. Graduates who have been granted a Bridging Visa, pending their PR may be considered by employers. But this will depend upon the company’s hiring policy.
How Do International Students Gain Graduate Work Experience?
The three most common reasons international students are unable to gain graduate employment are:
Communication skills and cultural fit (compared to local graduates)
Working rights restrictions eg. no PR
No career-related experience while studying
Local Graduate Programs
For the majority of graduate programs, this puts international students at a huge disadvantage. Chances are they will be unsuccessful at the first round of online applicant screening.
Career-related non-graduate roles
The alternative to a graduate program is to apply to entry-level jobs that use a graduate’s technical skills (Accounting, IT etc). It might be an Accounts Payable position or a Service Desk Support role. While these positions are not part of a formal graduate development program, they provide initial career-related experience. It’s important to have a career plan to progress from this entry-level to a more advanced position within two years.
If working rights are an issue, an alternative to a permanent position is a temporary or contract position. Again it helps you start your career.
But be aware, the longer you go without career-related employment after graduation, the harder it becomes to gain a relevant job. If a graduate has been 12 months out of university and is still employed in a typical university retail / hospitality job, employers will think twice about even interviewing you. The logic is “if a graduate is good, they should already have a graduate job by now”. This applies to local and international graduates.
Internship programs offered by training organisations
For international graduates there is the option of internship programs offered by training organisations. The upside is that they guarantee 3 months industry placement with career-related experience, structured skills training and the potential for permanent employment. But it comes at the cost to participate in the program. It’s a personal decision. But when you weigh the financial investment to live and study in Australia, the program cost is small by comparison.
For graduates interested in these internship programs, Northeast Quadrant recommends Performance Education. They have an impressive track record. Upon completion of internships, 36% of their interns were hired as a permanent employee by the host company. And 49% were offered paid contract roles or the host company was considering hiring them. They also deliver first rate training including free workshops. Peter Pychtin, Director of Northeast Quadrant from time to time delivers career presentations to their graduate students.
For more information about the Internship Program or to register a place at the free workshops please email Suman@performanceeducation.com.au or Peter.Pychtin@northeastquadrant.com.au
Or you can call or email Peter Pychtin at Northeast Quadrant on (02) 9419 6811.
Free Two Hour Workshops - LinkedIn Workshop, Interviewing Preparation, Networking Workshop
Take advantage of free workshops in Sydney through our affiliation with Performance Education.
Performance Education, like North East Quadrant, is passionate about helping graduates achieve career success. They have helped over 1500 students in Australia gain valuable corporate experience in their field through their internship program, which has helped improve their employability and build professional business networks. Their motto is ‘Your Career Success is Our Goal’ and they are delighted to offer free practical career training workshops designed specifically for new graduates.
The innovative and practical workshops offer participants the opportunity to develop their confidence, skills and knowledge in a supportive and encouraging training environment. Each two hour workshop delivers practical tips and ideas you can use straight away to assist you in your job search – all at no cost or obligation to you. The workshops are run by experienced consultants who have extensive experience in the recruitment and education sector and can give you top tips and ideas on how to be successful in the Australian job market.
To register for the free workshops, you can book directly with Performance Education by emailing Suman@performanceeducation.com.au with your preferred workshop and date saying you were referred by Northeast Quadrant.
DECEMBER WORKSHOP DATES
December 2, 10am to 12pm Interview Preparation
December 4, 2pm to 4pm LinkedIn Workshop
December 5, 10am to 12pm Career Networking
December 6, 2pm to 4pm
Location is Level 8, 333 Kent St Sydney.