Every year thousands of students graduate from higher education with high hopes of finding employment in their field of study. Below, we take a look at graduate opportunities of 2018. You need to know where to look to find the opportunities. Let us help you with it!
Ready, Set, Go
You have just graduated from your degree and are about to start your career. This is an exciting time, but it can be incredibly overwhelming when you don’t know where to begin looking. To make it easier for you we have compiled a list of graduate opportunities that have been popular in 2018. By knowing about these opportunities, you may already be halfway to your dream career:
Consider a Graduate Program
Graduate programs are structured professional programs designed specifically for graduates. You typically commence these after completing your final year of study. They are designed to give you an opportunity to work in your chosen field of work offering you on-the-job training, mentoring and an emphasis on learning and development. They are more designed around entry level positions but you can move up from these with time.
Unlike internships, these programs are paid so you get experience and money for your work. Many big companies like Telstra, Flight Centre and Cadbury offer graduate programs yearly so keep an eye on their websites.
Private Sector Jobs
The private sector is made up of organisations that are privately owned, and as an employee for them, you would operate within the guidelines established by their company. If it’s a public company, you are ultimately responsible to the shareholders. Popular 2018 graduate opportunities for the private sector include:
- Law and business
- Sales and Marketing
Public Sector Jobs
The public sector is made up of organisations that are government operated and, as such, tend to be larger than the private sector. They can sometimes be more stable and secure in the long-term. As an employee, you are expected to operate in accordance with the government’s guidelines. Popular 2018 graduate opportunities for this sector include:
- Defence Force- Army, Air Force and Navy
- Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
- Reserve Bank of Australia
- Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
Professional Associations and Service Providers
These are niche bodies which are usually made up of professionals from various fields like health, business, government and education. They are huge, consisting of thousands of members. They set out guidelines and regulations for numerous industries and many offer graduate programs. Popular 2018 graduate opportunities for this sector include:
- Chartered Accountants ANZ
- Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA)
- The Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA)
Regional and Rural Opportunities
Many companies and organisations offer positions in regional and rural areas. Although it can be challenging to relocate to these areas, it can be a real growth opportunity for you. Industries like healthcare and medicine, especially nursing and mental health, are in high demand in these regions. Other jobs in high demand are earth sciences and media and communications. If you are educated in these industries, it’s worthwhile exploring them in other localities.
Going Green – Green Jobs
The popular ‘going green’ catchphrase reflects the global trend of higher environmental awareness. These days, there is widespread social interest in addressing environmental issues, both at a community and government level. As such, many jobs have been and will continue to be created in this field, often found in areas like climate change, energy and sustainability.
Working Around the World
The lure of adventure and seeing new places inspires many graduates to work overseas. If this is something you are passionate about then there are many resources you can explore. Talking to a career counsellor and consulate of a particular country are just some of the few ways to get you started. Working overseas is a fantastic way of combing travel and professional development.