Graduate program

Graduate program

Are you passionate? Dynamic? Think outside the square? Australia Post is looking for a graduate just like you.

Our graduates are people who:

  • thrive on working in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • can generate new, innovative ideas and solutions to help drive success in one of the fastest growing markets in Australia
  • are highly talented and will enrich our diverse workforce

Meet our graduates

Why work at Australia Post?

While they're transforming Australia Post into an organisation that's ready for whatever the future holds, our employees are doing the same for their careers.

Kate Holper: I think at Australia Post, the culture and work environment seemed really different from other corporates that I applied for - I went for a few at the same time. Australia Post just seemed so much more genuine and welcoming and when I went to the assessment centre for instance, everyone was just so friendly and wanted to get to know who you were. You weren't just a number, another candidate number. People were genuinely fascinated by you and wanted to know more about you, which made you feel really comfortable. It almost felt like you were at home before you even worked there.

Daniel Demellis: Well I actually had my eyes on Post for a little while because I knew a few people who had done the graduate programs beforehand. I heard really great feedback from them and I suppose nothing is more important than word of mouth as well.

Natasa Nenad: Obviously Australia Post is a large organisation with many opportunities. I chose them first and I was lucky enough for them to choose me as well, so it's a good match.

Nicole Hatten: I was after a large company that would give me lots of opportunities to understand how business works and the opportunity to rotate around a business as well.

Glyn Powell: I applied for a bunch of different grad programs - I think lots of grads do, cause they're not quite sure, they just want to get a course. And then I saw someone from Australia Post come and give a talk at Monash and the difference was the person spoke about the people at Aus Post, rather than what you needed to get into the role and all the pre-requirements. So for me it was a bit more of that cultural fit, so I put in an application and yeah, got the role.

Maree Schipano: It's not what people expect. So people might think, being around for nearly 200 years, might be a big daggy ... it is not that way at all.

Andrew Tang: Australia Post is in a unique time at the moment where it's investing a lot in its workforce, especially youth. As a graduate, you want to apply for these types of companies, right, that are kinda really pushing development of young leaders.

Kate Holper: I think it's a great time for fresh graduates out of uni to come in and have an impact and actually make a difference.

Daniel Demellis: I think there's a bit of a perception still about Aus Post to the wider public that it's a bit of a kind of old school company, you know, it's a bit outdated...but when you actually step foot into the office environment and start really getting to understand it, it's quite the opposite. We're actually quite a growing company and an innovative company at that as well and we're really keeping up with the standards and even going above the standards that are being set throughout the industry as well.

Natasa Nenad: I would say lots of people think all we do is deliver mail and parcels but we're a lot more than that. So, we're launching new and innovative products such as the Parcel Lockers, which is transforming the way that people receive their parcels, so it's 24/7 now. And also we've got the Digital Mailbox, which is transforming the way that Australians communicate with each other. So it's really exciting to, you know, be a part of Australia Post whilst they're undergoing this transformation.

Kate Holper: It's a really great time for graduates to come in and make an impact straight away ... and those fresh ideas and thinking outside the box is really valued.

Nicole Hatten: I'm very pleased that I decided to apply, it's been an amazing opportunity.

Daniel Demellis: I'm quite pleased that I accepted the offer to work at Post. It's been a really good opportunity and a really good journey so far and it's still continuing on.

Relationships and culture

Glyn Powell: Culture in general here is really chilled, it's very relaxed. Not to say you don't work hard, you obviously do and as a graduate, you almost have that self expectation that you want to put in more hours and do the job. But there's also a bunch of time to relax and meet new people - to develop your 'soft' skills so to speak. So networking is really important here, because the more people you meet, the better opportunities you eventually develop for yourself.

Natasha Nenad: We also have a grad culture as well. It's a very social culture, we meet once a week for lunches, we also interact with the grads in the year above us and we do social things outside of work as well. So it's been awesome, you know, we've developed really great bonds and friendships amongst the graduate group.

Kate Holper: When you're coming out of uni you feel like a, you know, small fish in a massive ocean and I think working as part of a graduate group makes you feel a lot more supported - it's a bit less scary I think heading into the corporate environment if you've got that support network around you.

Daniel Demellis: Being part of an actual grad group is probably my favourite aspect of being in the graduate program at Post. Most of us in my grad group will constantly be, you know, going out for coffee. So even seeing each other on the weekend or what not, you really develop a nice friendship, a nice bond with them.

Kate Holper: One of the best things I would say about the graduate program has been the friendships that I've made. I think just the feel of the group has been a massive drawcard for me and something, you know, I'll always treasure.

Natasha Nenad: So far, my experience has been wonderful. I've had a great time, everyone's been really friendly, supportive and it's been great to make some lifelong friends.

Training and development

Maree Schipano: I started as a grad in 2009 as a Marketing Graduate and I now actually look after the Graduate Program. So I guess that shows you can think you're going to start somewhere...but end up somewhere completely different.

Daniel Demellis: Coming into Post as a graduate is the perfect kinda starting step to a long career.

Nicole Hatten: We're also encouraged to network a lot as graduates. So when you mention that you're a graduate, most people are willing to reach out.

Maree Schipano: What grads really like in terms of development is anything that is really different to uni. They're kinda sick of that whole classroom learning, so it's really about, let's get you out there, let's get you making presentations, let's get you, you know, doing an Amazing Race event out in the city.

Andrew Tang: We're all assigned a buddy, a graduate buddy. We had a lot of support initially before going into the role. So to get that support early on shows a lot of commitment from Australia Post. They really want to develop you and support you as much as they can.

Natasa Nenad: We had a great induction before we started for three and a half days. We got to meet all the other grads, we got to spend time with the grad coordinator as well. We did different workshops, you know, how to be professional in a work environment, effective communication and we got to meet our managers and HR representatives there as well.

Glyn Powell: Training and development starts in the first week. We have an orientation week, so we got to meet some senior leaders there but also do a few business acumen workshops which was from the simple things like how do you respond in a business way to an email, to how you answer the phone. They sound really basic, but when you first start, you kinda want to get those basics right. This might be the first time you've worked in business yourself.

Daniel Demellis: The roles themselves are a massive training and development thing. So I've rotated into different roles that I wouldn't have had exposure to otherwise and it's not something you really learn on a practical basis at university.

Kate Holper: As you come out of uni, often you're a bit unsure about what you might want to do. So coming into a program like this with lots of rotation options meant I could, you know, rotate to each area and learn about what I liked first and what I didn't like and then help to work out where I was best suited.

Glyn Powell: So I jumped on as a sales graduate, I never expected the opportunity to look at other business areas. So I've rotated through sales into like, a project management role, also had some digital experiences as well. Coming from a science and business background, I never thought I'd get an opportunity to do some digital work as well.

Maree Schipano: Our Graduate Program development has actually been in place for a couple of years now. So we've really seen what works and what doesn't. So I think that's a huge benefit for new grads coming in, is that we've actually learnt a lot of lessons and we've really readjusted to make it even better.

Want to join our graduate program?

Applications for our 2018 Graduate Program are now open! Applications close Sunday 19 March 2017 (midnight AWST).