Graduate Recruitment Accelerator

The Graduate Recruitment Accelerator helps students make a smooth transition from study life to work life by presenting a range of activities and tasks designed to help you prepare quality applications.

This program will give you access to a range of online and face-to-face activities and resources to engage you with the graduate recruitment processes. Completing this program will ensure you are prepared and ready to submit on time, industry standard applications to your targeted employers.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

The program includes information, workshops, activities and assistance covering;


Activity 1: Graduate Programs, what are they, when do I apply and where can I find them?

Activity 1: Graduate Programs, what are they, when do I apply and where can I find them?

An online investigation module that introduces you to key graduate employment websites. You will use these websites to select the programs and employers you are most interested in.

An excel based template will also be included to help you organise your job applications and navigate your way through the application processes. Your task will be to populate the template with the information you find.  Anticipated time for this activity is one hour but as you use the template, it will end up saving you lots of time as all your application information and status will be in the one place.

Activity 2: Resume Ready

Activity 2: Resume Ready

An online learning experience that guides you step-by-step on how to write a resume and use impactful language.

Your application process starts with your graduate resume. If you don’t have a current resume, use our “resume writing template” in conjunction with our booklet “Developing a Graduate Resume” to get you started.

If you have a current resume, use the above resources or our resume checklist to review and update your resume into the format and style expected by graduate recruiters.

After you have used the checklist and made the necessary changes to your resume, you can submit it to us insert link to resume review form for a resume review through CareerHub just to be sure it is industry standard ready.

Activity 3: Addressing Selection Criteria

Activity 3: Addressing Selection Criteria

Almost all job applications require you to address a list of selection criteria. Complete this interactive online learning module to get you started on writing quality responses to the selection criteria typically used by graduate employers.  Don’t let your written application let you down.  This is the stage that over 90% of application get rejected. Progress through to the next stage in the graduate recruitment process by knowing what and how to write for industry-standard applications.

Activity 4: Video interview

Activity 4: Video interview

Know how to prepare, produce and present a two-minute Video about yourself that makes the employer smile. Begin by building your story then learn how to set up and record your professional looking presentation.

Activity 5: Psychometric Testing

Activity 5: Psychometric Testing

Psychometric tests are designed to assess an individual’s mental capabilities and behavioural style. They are often used in recruitment processes to assess your suitability for a role based on the required personality characters and cognitive abilities. This online activity links you with a variety of practice psychometric tests related to employability.  Find out the type and style of questions you can expect so you can perform at your best when these are used as a selection tool by recruiters.

Activity 6: Face to face interviews

Activity 6: Face to face interviews

Stay in control. Begin your preparation by answering likely questions.   Learn how to build your answers by reflecting on and using your past experiences to deliver evidence-based responses.

Complete activities to help you match your experiences to typical interview questions and help you formulate appropriate responses. Review common questions and be guided through building strong answers.

A face to face interview means you have been shortlisted so make the most of the opportunity by preparing well.

Activity 7: Assessment Centre

Activity 7: Assessment Centre

The term ‘assessment centre’ refers to a range of group work activities you will be asked to do while being observed by trained assessors as a part of a recruitment process. This is often one of the final stages of the assessment process and this session gives you a heads up on what to expect.

This is your opportunity to experience a practice assessment centre where you participate in tests, challenges and activities typically used in the final stages of the selection process by graduate recruiters.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You can also ask us a question through CareerHub if you want to know more.


When does it run?

When does it run?

The online learning takes place from late November through to the first half of 2021. You’ll receive access to exclusive employer events, workshops and online content to gain insights into graduate recruitment and a competitive edge when applying for these roles. Invitations to these events will be sent throughout late November and the first half of 2021 so be sure to check your email.

When can I start the online learning?

When can I start the online learning?

Behind the scenes, the GRA online learning content is currently being developed with exciting learning experiences and insider employer tips and techniques on how to prepare for the graduate recruitment process. GRA is a combination of online activities and employer events.

As the learning content is released, you’ll be sent an email so you can log on to Alpha and start completing the online learning. You will receive a series of emails from late November inviting you to complete different activities between now and the end of February.

When can I start the online training?

How does the online learning work?

The online learning is completed on Alpha.

This is a dynamic learning experience - so as employers share their insider information, this content will be added to Alpha and you will be sent email notifications to complete the new learning activities. The Alpha content will be delivered to you in a series of emails between late November and the first half of 2021.

In previous years, this program was delivered on Career Hub – but we like Alpha much better because it is more interactive!

You are welcome to read over last year’s program and complete any of the activities at your own pace using the Career Hub platform. Please note: this step is not required – as your learning experience on Alpha will contain this year’s fully revised program. The Alpha content will be delivered to you in a series of emails between late November and the first half of 2021.

For students who don’t want to wait for the Alpha content to be released and would like to get started using last year’s program on Career Hub, you are welcome to visit: https://careerhub.westernsydney.edu.au/students/workflows/detail/6. You will still receive email updates to the new Alpha learning content as it gets released. Some of the content will be similar – but updated and presented in an interactive format. There will also be new information not included in last year’s program.

How can I access Alpha?

How can I access Alpha?

Emails will also provide you with information on how to log in to Alpha and who to contact if you have any log on issues

Where will the events run?

Where will the events run?

The Graduate Recruitment Accelerator includes a series of employer events. Due to COVID, most of these events will be online, however some events may be scheduled on campus. You will receive an email for each event as it is scheduled, so be sure to keep an eye on your emails!

Do I need to register for each employer event?

Do I need to register for each employer event?

Yes, you will need to register for each event, so that we can send you the unique ZOOM link. Bring along some questions to these events, as you will be able to ask these questions during the event.

What if I can't attend an event?

What if I can't attend an event?

Online events will be recorded - so you can still watch these events if you can’t attend. If you are unable to attend an event, please still register for the event so that we can send you a notification of when the recording is available.

Do I need to attend all employer events?

Do I need to attend all employer events?

We encourage you to attend a wide variety of events - even if the employer does not sound interesting to you. The idea is that by attending these events, you’ll learn how to stand out and prepare for each stage of the graduate recruitment process.

Each employer has a different recruitment process, so it’s good to check out these events as you’ll learn different skills and techniques on how to apply for graduate roles.

What kind of employers will be at the events?

What kind of employers will be at the events?

We invite employers from a wide variety of industries. Both large and small employers - and government organisations will also be invited to take part on our events. We will send you email notifications as each employer event is confirmed.

When should I apply for a Graduate Program?

When should I apply for a Graduate Program?

Graduate recruitment starts early, usually at the beginning of your final year of studies.

If you graduate in 2021 - the best time to apply is between February and March 2021. This extends to May 2021 for a broader range of employers. If you graduate in 2020 - no need to worry! Most graduate programs will let you apply 18 to 24 months after you graduate. Some programs may even allow you to apply 3 years after you graduate.

Some graduate employers may have ongoing start dates so it’s good to keep checking throughout the year.

If I get offered a graduate role in 2021, when would I start?

If I get offered a graduate role in 2021, when would I start?

Graduate recruitment programs advertised at the start of 2021 will usually commence at the beginning of 2022. This provides you with the required time to finish your degree before you start employment, or if you have already graduated, it gives you time to travel or do other employment before your graduate program commences.

When do recruitment applications open?

When do recruitment applications open?

Most major graduate program recruitment applications usually open in February 2021 and close in March 2021. This is the peak ‘graduate season’. Some employers may recruit up to May or later throughout the year – so it’s best to check the employer’s website for more information.

What kind of degrees do I need?

What kind of degrees do I need?

Graduate employers are open to all sorts of degree types! So, for example, if you have an Arts degree, you can apply to a company that isn’t related to your degree. Employers like to recruit across a broad range of degree types, as graduate programs do provide you with a lot of training. Come along to the employer events and find out what degree types employers are open to!

I don't have a high GPA and even failed some subjects. Can I still apply to a graduate program?

I don't have a high GPA and even failed some subjects. Can I still apply to a graduate program?

Yes – graduate employers will assess you across a range of different qualities and attributes. Employers are more concerned about your orientation towards learning at work, solving problems and being a great team player. Graduate recruitment programs aim to assess you holistically – so it’s best to apply for roles and give it a go!