Graduate Recruitment Preparation Program 2018

Graduate Recruitment ProgramThe Graduate Recruitment Preparation Program 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.

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

  • Graduate programs - what are they, when do I apply, what is the application process?
  • Finding positions/employers/programs.
  • Understanding the recruitment process timeline.
  • Application preparation including resume, identification and articulation of employability skills, addressing Selection Criteria and your LinkedIn page.
  • The Online Application Form.
  • Psychometric Testing.
  • Video and face-to-face interviews.
  • Industry events.

Register to be part of the Graduate Recruitment Preparation Program today!

For further details and application information, please contact Careers on 4736 0424.

Program outline


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 targets 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.

Complete this activity by November 14 to qualify for an invitation to Activity 2:

  1. An exclusive workshop by Ernst & Young on “Preparing for the graduate recruitment process”
  2. Site visit and personal workshop with pwc recruitment Team.

Activity 2: Employer supported events

Activity 2: Employer supported events

Registration for these industry contact opportunities is via invitation only (please see activity 1). You can select either or both options. Places are limited and registration is required after receiving your invitation.

  1. Ernst & Young (EY) on Campus Workshop - “Preparing for the graduate recruitment process”
    AM, Wednesday 22 November, Parramatta South Campus (2 hours)

    This is a great opportunity to hear from EY’s Talent Consultants on how to approach and prepare for graduate programs. Find out what to expect, how to tackle the online applications and how to best prepare for the interview processes. This is also your chance to find out more information about EY’s graduate program in particular and network with potential employers.
  2. PriceWaterhouseCoopers (pwc) - Workplace visit and graduate opportunities with PriceWaterhouseCoopers
    PM Wednesday 22 November, Parramatta City (2 hours)

    Hosted by pwc, you get to experience the workplace environment with a site visit and speak with representatives from the pwc Graduate recruitment team.

Further details about the location and time of the employer contact opportunities will be sent via an invitation email after you have completed and submitted activity 1.

Activity 3: Resume Ready

Activity 3: Resume Ready

Your application process starts with your Graduate Resume. Complete by November 30 to be invited to the Activity 4 workplace visits.

Your application process starts with your Graduate Resume. If you don’t have a current resume, follow our interactive resume writing guide on the Careers vUWS site to get you started. When you have a current resume, use our resume checklist to review and make any amendments or inclusions. After you have used the checklist and made the necessary changes to your resume, you can submit it to us for a resume review through CareerHub just to be sure it is industry standard ready.

Complete this activity by November 30 to qualify for an invitation to activity 4, exclusive workplace visits and presentations.

Activity 4: Exclusive workplace visits and presentations (GRPP & WiSE Program Students)

Activity 4: Exclusive workplace visits and presentations (GRPP & WiSE Program Students)

November – February

Registrations for these workplace visits and presentations are via invitation only.  Experience first-hand what a day in the life of your dream job could look like, gain knowledge and advice on the different recruitment processes required by organisations and network with professionals in the industry. The workplace visits are specialised presentations for eligible Western Sydney University Students.

Workplace visits include pwc Barrangaroo, NSW Public Service Commission, Deloitte.

To qualify for an invitation, you must complete activities 1 and 3 by November 30 2017

Activity 5: Addressing Selection Criteria online module

Activity 5: Addressing Selection Criteria online module

Almost all job applications require you to address a list of selection criteria. Complete this interactive on-line 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.  Progress through to the next stage in the Graduate recruitment process by knowing what to include and how to write industry standard applications.

Activity 6: Addressing Selection Criteria & Highlighting your Skills - Face to Face Workshop

Activity 6: Addressing Selection Criteria & Highlighting your Skills - Face to Face Workshop

6pm to 8pm, Tuesday 6 March 2018, Parramatta Campus

Learn how to identify and articulate the skills you bring and expertly address them in the selection criteria section that forms part of the online graduate recruitment application processes. The first part of the workshop will be identifying your own employability skills then matching them with the selection criteria typically used by graduate employers in your industry. Facilitators will include representatives from current graduate recruiting employers.

You will also meet, learn from, and participate with other program participants.

Activity 7: Psychometric Testing, Online Activity

Activity 7: Psychometric Testing, Online Activity

Psychometric Testing 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 8: Interview Skills Online Activity

Activity 8: Interview Skills Online Activity

Preparing for an interview by practicing answering likely questions will assist you in remaining calm and collected. Reflect on your past experiences, gather your thoughts and ideas and make some notes. Activity 8 is an online worksheet that:

  • matches your experiences to typical interview questions and helps you formulate appropriate responses, &
  • outlines common questions and guides you through building strong responses.
  • Complete this activity by February 27 2018 to receive an invitation to activity 9, the Practice Interview Session.

    Activity 9: Practice Interviews, Face-to-Face Session

    Activity 9: Practice Interviews, Face-to-Face Session

    10am to 6pm, Tuesday 20 March 2018, Parramatta South

    Registrations for a practice session is via invitation only.

    “The formula to success is PRACTICE”. Book yourself into a time slot that suits you online via CareerHub. The practice sessions will run every 30 minutes from 10:00am to 6:00pm. In your half hour you will observe, participate in and be a panel member in three separate interviews. Understand the interview process from three perspectives and learn from experience to build your own effective interview performance.

    Activity 10: Assessment Centre

    Activity 10: Assessment Centre

    6pm to 8pm, Tuesday 3 April 2018, TBC

    The term ‘assessment centre’ refers to a range of assessments or evaluation techniques normally undertaken by a number of applicants while observed by trained assessors as a part of a recruitment process. The assessors evaluate the applicant’s performance based on pre-determined selection criteria. This is your opportunity to participate in an Assessment Centre simulation where you participate in tests, challenges and activities typically used in the final stages of the selection process by graduate recruiters.

    Bookings are essential and will open in CareerHub on March 19 2018.