Difference between graduate programs and graduate recruitment

Is graduate recruitment and graduate programs the same thing?

Not necessarily. Essentially, employers who believe that they have jobs suitable for those with a University degree will undertake a graduate recruitment process. These jobs will usually be entry level positions that the employer thinks will offer a fresh university graduate the opportunity to commence a professional career.

Some employers, particularly medium to large scale organisations, will have a 'graduate program' that aims to provide a more formal program of professional development and training for graduate recruits. Often, employers with a graduate program will want all their new recruits to commence at the same time and work through the program together. Graduate programs can run from 1-3 years depending on the employer.

In summary:

  • People are selected for a graduate program via a graduate recruitment process but
  • Not all graduate recruitment processes result in people being selected for a graduate program

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