Tech companies rank first for graduates | information age

With lecture halls closed, earning college degrees during the pandemic has been difficult — but as new graduates ponder where to find their first job, tech-focused companies remain among the most welcoming and rewarding options. , according to a new survey.

Four tech companies – Canva, Google, Xero Australia and Amazon – have made the top 10 of GradAustralia’s new Top 100 Graduate Employers list, along with tech stalwarts Optus, Telstra, MYOB, DXC Technology, FDM Group and Microsoft all sit inside the top 50.

There were also good reviews for graduate recruitment programs from mainstream companies known for their heavy use of technology, with top 20 rankings for Coles, ANZ Bank, BHP, Coles, Deloitte, PwC, Capgemini and even the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO).

The rankings are based on both student popularity and the quality of the programme, explained GradAustralia, ensuring that the rankings reflect the experiences of graduate recruitment processes for those who drag themselves from interview to other.

But what makes a company particularly attractive to young graduates?

Money was far from the primary consideration for employees at the number 1 online design unicorn Canva, whose recent graduates gave top scores in areas such as corporate social responsibility, culture of , diversity, sustainability, office work environment and other workplaces. – related metrics.

New hires praised “very flexible” work hours, convenient office spaces, no dress code, childcare programs, LGBT support and diversity training, initiatives to support the COVID-19 pandemic and other programs to support its more than 800 employees.

“People really follow the company value of ‘being a good human,'” one Canva employee said, while another noted that “everyone always aspires to be a force for good at work. and outside”.

Amazon ANZ, ranked ninth, also posted high marks for cultural metrics, career prospects, its “incredible” office and work environment, and overall satisfaction, although some graduates noted the steep learning curve. when starting technical jobs.

“The interview process was rigorous with many difficult technical questions supplemented by behavioral questions,” said one reviewer, adding “the interviewers always made me feel welcome and calm.”

Strong support during and after recruitment improves companies’ perception as employers of choice, with Optus – ranked 5and among technology companies and 18and overall – scoring near-perfect tens for recruiting, culture, management, and satisfaction.

“My team is so supportive and willing to teach,” said one reviewer, “which made me feel confident and comfortable asking questions and learning.”

Another praised the company’s management who are “available whenever I need them and take the time to help me with anything I ask”.

Fight for skills

With recent surveys revealing that forcing workers back into the office can be disastrous and 52% of IT professionals would not recommend their current workplace no matter how much free food it provides, employers offering pastoral support strong are likely to fare better with graduate talent meeting the challenges of the post-pandemic workforce.

Finding work after graduation was already difficult before the pandemic, with a 2019 Australia Institute study noting that only 73% of recent graduates secured full-time employment in a job market described as “intensely liberal, dog-eat-dog”. .

With employers pressured to support remote working, many have refocused their ambitions and rethought recruitment and culture building – but growing investment in digital transformation has seen many companies hire more graduates than ever before.

“We were looking to increase the engineering, cybersecurity, data and analytics skills that cut across the organization,” said Sian Lewis, group head of human resources at 20and-rated Commonwealth Bank of Australia, said at the recent Gartner IT Symposium.

“We’re hiring four times as many engineers as we did 18 months ago,” she continued, citing growing demand for software, cloud engineering and other skills that had led the company to hire around 100 engineers per month.

“There was already a really big agenda for us to get into a space where we could compete with the tech giants and the fintechs that are getting into financial services,” Lewis said, “and one of the things what I’m most proud of is that we didn’t back out of graduate recruitment.

“During the first lockdown, we managed to recruit 200 tech graduates at a time when many other organizations were pulling back from campus.”

Tech graduates aren’t the only ones targeted by top employers: overall, according to GradAustralia, top companies are actively recruiting across all disciplines.

Eighth-ranked cloud accounting firm Xero, for example, is not only recruiting conventional STEM graduates, but has also hired business and management majors; creative arts; humanities, arts and social sciences; law, legal studies and justice; property and the built environment; and teaching and education.

This echoes observations from the Australia Institute, which noted that despite recent emphasis on STEM education, “mathematics graduates have one of the worst full-time placement rates of any discipline” .

“Employers report that they are particularly looking for candidates with verbal, social, problem-solving and communication skills.”

The GradAustralia rankings corroborate recent research by Contino which found that workers valued traits such as company culture and the ability to work with modern technology the most, and were the most likely to leave a job due to a “bad” leadership or management team.

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