Career in Australia:

As a graduate from Australia, you have the opportunity to gain and sharpen valuable skills which employers seek in candidates, including confidence with new people and language skills. You may even choose to remain in Australia to work. Find out about the sorts of careers which international graduates have gone on to, as well as tips for securing that dream job in Australia.

Jobs in Australia:

The Australian economy is dominated by the services sector, followed by industry and agriculture. Tourism is also big business, especially in big towns and cities. Your chances of finding a graduate job are higher in metropolitan cities such as Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney but don’t discount more rural locations. If you possess the right skills and qualifications your chances of securing work are good.

Graduates at all levels generally enjoy a low unemployment rate and have better labour market outcomes and salaries than non-graduates.

Recent growth industries include:

    1. construction
    2. education
    3. engineering
    4. healthcare
    5. mining and energy
    6. Science and technology.

For up-to-date labour market information see the Australian Government Department of Employment – Australian Labour Market Update.

The best graduate employers, according to The Australian Top 100 Graduate Employers, include:

    • Google Australia
    • Apple
    • Deloitte
    • PwC
    • CSIRO
    • Department of Education and Training
    • KPMG
    • Microsoft
    • EY
    • Commonwealth Bank.

Popular job sites include:

    1. Adzuna
    2. Job active – Australia
    3. Careerone
    4. GradAustralia
    5. GradConnection
    6. Seek


National and local newspapers advertise jobs and recruitment agencies also handle vacancies.

Skills shortages

The country lists its skill shortages on the Australian Government Department of jobs and small business website.

Currently, the majority of skills shortages occur in:

    1. finance
    2. construction
    3. education
    4. engineering
    5. healthcare.

Shortage occupations include:

    1. Accountants
    2. Diagnostic radiographers
    3. Civil engineers
    4. Mechanical engineers
    5. Mechanics
    6. Nurses
    7. Optometrists.


How to get a job in Australia?

You apply in the same way you’d apply for jobs in UK, New Zealand etc.

You typically apply for jobs by submitting a CV (resume) and cover letter or by completing an online application form.

Speculative applications can yield positive results, just be sure to tailor your application to each individual employer.

Once again the interview process closely resembles that in many other countries and as such you could be interviewed over the phone or face-to-face before being offered a job.

It may be possible to secure a job in Australia if you work for an international company that has offices Down Under. If this is the case you can apply for jobs before heading to the country.

For graduate roles it’s better to have the correct visa and be resident in the country before applying for roles.