• Graduate programs are very competitive: Graduate programs give you a great head start in your career, but this means that they attract large numbers of applicants. You will usually need to meet a minimum grade-point average (GPA) requirement, attend an interview and supply references. Due to high competition, you will typically go through a shortlisting process — sometimes several stages long — before being offered an interview. Applications are typically taken online, but it’s best to check requirements with individual organizations.
  • Graduate programs offer ‘streams’: If you think graduate programs are only offered in certain disciplines or industries, think again! There are opportunities for graduates of all areas, from arts to design to science. Don’t assume that you’ll just need to look within your specific industry either — no matter what your skill set, there’s likely to be a use for it in any number of organizations.
  • You’ll rotate through departments: Not quite sure where you’re headed? The great thing about graduate programs is that you generally get the chance to sample a bit of everything until you find your niche.
  • They offer plenty of support: When you start a grad program, the employer knows what they’re getting: a fresh graduate who’s done the hard yards and is ready to learn. Employers offer comprehensive orientation programs and great support to give grads a smooth transition into working life. In many workplaces, you will be assigned a buddy or mentor who can offer career guidance and provide advice about your day-to-day responsibilities.