Explore key information to support finding jobs and securing opportunities in this region
Graduate Recruitment timings
The difference is that in Australia the academic year starts in February or March, so you need to apply between February and April for graduate programs, and again between July and September.
Projected Growth Industries
Four services industries are projected to provide more than three-fifths of the total projected employment growth:
- Currently, the majority of skills shortages occur in:
Shortage occupations include:
- Civil engineers
- Mechanical engineers
- Diagnostic radiographers
Visit https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/temporary-skill-shortage-482 to explore different visa options and the relevant shortage occupations for each visa.
Graduate employment opportunities
Just like in the UK, you should be applying for graduate programs at the start of your final year of university, as the recruitment process can take a year. In Australia the academic year starts in February or March, so you need to apply between February and April for graduate programs, and again between July and September.
The sites below offer a good selection of key sites to explore when considering options in Australia.
The recruitment process
The New Zealand government are looking to attract workers from other countries to fill their skills gap. Unemployment is low at 3.2% (February 2022). There are currently plenty of job openings in industries such as engineering, IT and medicine. The job sectors which are expanding include: consulting, sales, sport, hospitality and tourism. Recent employment growth has been seen in human resources (HR) and recruitment, manufacturing, transport and logistics, trades and services, engineering and community service and development.
Small and medium-sized enterprises account for a huge number of New Zealand businesses, while even the country’s larger businesses are considered small by international standards. Higher education institutions, IBM and Air New Zealand are all popular graduate employers.
Due to competition for jobs, it’s not uncommon for international job hunters to accept more junior positions, in order to gain experience of working in New Zealand. Don’t limit your options by ruling out contract or part-time work – as this can sometimes lead to permanent employment.
Graduate Recruitment timings
Whilst you can find jobs all year round, the best time of year to look for a job in New Zealand is between late February and November. Because of their Southern Hemisphere summer, many businesses take extended breaks for the holidays, from early to mid-December until early February. February and March are the best months for graduate schemes
Projected growth industries
Certain skills are in short supply and to help combat this, both long-term and regional skill shortages are listed at Immigration New Zealand – Skills shortages. Some of the occupations on the regional skills shortage list include:
- Aarly childhood teacher
- Outdoor adventure guide
- Primary school teacher
- Snow sport instructor
- Specialist physician
- University lecturer.
Long-term skills shortages occur in the following industries:
- Health and social services
- Hospitality and tourism
- ICT, electronics and telecommunications
Specific skills are also required in the construction and infrastructure sector. In-demand roles include:
- Building Inspector
- Civil Engineer
- Construction Project Manager
- Electrical Engineer
- Project Builder
- Structural engineer