Each year, the Top 100 Graduate Employers report looks at the state of the workforce in Australia for university graduates. The report is published by the Australian Financial Review in partnership with GradConnection, and lists the industries that are popular with graduates, plus a wealth of insight and analysis into the current job market for those entering.
Despite the challenges of online learning and general disruption caused by Covid-19, we have arrived at a graduate’s market, where employers are being kept on their toes and working hard to attract talent. While previous years painted a bleak picture for graduates and young job seekers on the hunt in a recession, the rebounding job market has led to far brighter prospects.
The introduction that accompanies the report says that ‘for many young people, the question they ask themselves is not so much, “Will I get a job?" It is more along the lines of, “Where do I want to work?". The report goes on to say that Gen Z workforce is one of values, purpose and contribution to society – ‘this is not the Wolf of Wall Street generation.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, all Big Four accounting firms and three of the Big Four banks placed in the top 10 of the Top 100 list of graduate employers.
The top 10 of the 100 highest-rated graduate employers are listed below, along with their engagement score.
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An analysis accompanying the report includes a message from Dan Purchas of GradConnection. His advice to students is that while the power is currently in the hands of the employee, it’s still highly recommended to get as much experience while studying as possible. Things that will make a student’s CV rise to the top of the pile include: “getting involved in clubs and societies, volunteering, undertaking internships, tutoring, applying for scholarships ... and completing a semester of study abroad".
You can read the report and view the full top 100 graduate employers for 2022 here, including a detailed analysis on the current graduate market and information by sector.