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Northeast Quadrant has been a specialist recruiter of high potential, high performance professionals for more than 15 years. That ranges from interns and graduates to experienced professionals with 10 to 15 years experience.

Peter Pychtin, Director of Northeast Quadrant is an international expert in graduate recruitment. His advice is highly valued and he has given countless presentations to students and employers. Each year employers turn to Northeast Quadrant for assistance in sourcing high calibre graduates, interns and early career professionals.

Career Advice for Recent Graduates

Looking to get the edge on other graduates? You can start by learning how to be successful within an organisation. Sounds odd doesn't it? But no-one tells you how to do it. And whether it's an internship or a graduate role, it's as important as your academic knowledge.

Take a look at Peter Pychtin's Getting Promoted blog. You can  subscribe for the free email updates and even request a topic to be covered by him. 

How Can I Make It Through the Graduate Application Process?

Employers use 12 Hurdles to screen out graduate applicants. Why? Because they're time poor when it comes to screening potentially thousands of applications. Miss one of the hurdles and you're out!

But if you know what employers are looking for, you will learn how to get past each of the hurdles and land your dream graduate job.

"As an upcoming graduate, the recruitment process is something I haven't been looking forward to. However, armed with knowledge of the 12 hurdles gained through your course, I'm confident that navigating the path to a graduate job will be a lot less daunting." TD 

"Very informative and comprehensive, absolutely liked the way Peter presents and contextualises the content. However, I think there is more (potentially the ugly face of the Australian job market; e.g., name/race discrimination) that remains unexplained, at at that is my view from my disheartening personal experience." SN

I'm a penultimate year student currently undertaking a Bachelor of Economics. I just wanted to thank you for your introductory course of overcoming the 12 hurdles to getting a graduate role! I found it extremely insightful! VT

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Graduate Programs

When Do Employers Recruit For Graduates?

Graduate recruitment takes place all year round. While around 300 employers run campus recruitment programs each March and April, the majority of graduate employers recruit throughout the year. Many recruit in the second university semester while there are organisations that recruit year-round as graduate roles become available.

Even if you don’t see the right graduate role advertised by Northeast Quadrant, you should register your CV for new opportunities. When we receive an employer request for graduates we start with a search of candidates on the Northeast Quadrant system. 

Applying for Graduate Roles from Interstate or Overseas

Because our employers are national organisations, our graduate positions are across the Australian capital cities and in NZ. If you apply for a position that is out-of-state the first interview is typically by phone. However, you should be prepared to cover your own travel costs for a second round interview with the employer organisation. Some employers will pay for travel expenses but others won’t for graduate positions.

What do Employers Look for in Graduates?

While it varies by employer, a guide is credit average academics; relevant part-time work experience; clear communication skills – both verbal and written; and strong examples of initiative, team work and problem solving skills.

Current graduate roles are listed under Find a Top Job


Internship Programs

Internships vary widely.

  • Employer internships can range from 8 weeks to a year. These are full-time paid positions where the employer hires the student directly.

  • University sponsored internship placements, which can be paid or unpaid.

  • Volunteer internships. These are now less common due to changes in the Federal Government FairWork Act.

  • Internship programs offered by training organisations. These combine structured training and three months unpaid work experience. However, students pay to participate in these programs.

Internship programs are listed under Find a Top Job