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Why Qantas?

We're proud to be Australia's leading premium airline. And as the Spirit of Australia, we exist to champion the best of our country's life, style, attitude and people, and share it with the rest of the world.

The values we display each day make Qantas a unique place to work and grow your career:

  • Together - At Qantas we know how to work as a team, and always come together as a united force to support our customers and each other
  • Genuine - We're known for being friendly, easy going and extending a warm welcome
  • Inventive - Our world class safety, professionalism and product are the result of constant invention, including and adaptation of the world's best ideas
  • Optimistic - It's a word synonymous with Australia, and at Qantas it's this optimism that drives us
  • Experienced - With 96 years of aviation experience under our belt, you know you couldn't be in safer hands

But to stay ahead in such a competitive and constantly changing landscape, we need to keep pushing ourselves to new heights. We're aiming to be more than just a great airline - we want to be a great business too.

We're committed to delivering a fantastic experience for our customers each and every time, and our people share a passion for safety and service.

Hear from Engineer Rachel on what she loves about her job and making sure that her customers get back to their loved ones safely.

It's this drive that also encourages us to deliver rewarding returns for our shareholders, and empower our people from all corners of the Group.

As a Graduate, you'll play an integral role in supporting a wide range of projects and business functions, many of which have a direct impact on our front line operations and the end-to-end customer experience. Hear from Andrew David, CEO of Qantas Domestic, about why Qantas could be the place for you.

Got a question? For more information about the Qantas Graduate Program check out our FAQs.

About the Qantas Graduate Program

We're looking for motivated individuals ready to take on new challenges, share their ideas and help take Qantas forward in a highly competitive aviation industry.

You'll start with us in February and over the two years and four rotations you'll work on real projects that allow you to shape the future of Qantas' culture, product, network and service. These rotations will help you learn about the diverse areas of our business and shape where you end up.

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Which Graduate are you?

General Graduate

Our General Graduates hold all types of degrees and generally have a keen interest in working in the Aviation industry. You'll have the opportunity to work across diverse business areas such as Customer, Operations, Commercial and Corporate Strategy. All rotations are designed to build broad knowledge and skills and form professional networks to fast track your success as a future leader at Qantas. This program is really what you make of it!

Finance Graduate

As a Finance Graduate you'll have the opportunity to work in our Centre of Finance Excellence, business partner with our Domestic or International Teams and our specialist teams such as Treasury and Tax. We're looking for individuals who have an accounting or finance degree who are wanting to kick start their finance career. During your time on the Finance graduate program not only will you have the opportunity to work across the Group, we will pay for you to undertake your CA or CPA qualification.

Technology Graduate

Technology is at the core of driving our vision to always be first choice for customers, from our market leading inflight wifi connectivity, to our faster, smarter check-in solutions, right through to fitting out our brand new 787-9 Dreamliner fleet. As a Technology graduate at Qantas you will be at the forefront of new technology, designing and implementing solutions that will have real customer value. You could find yourself designing our latest app features, building out artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, investigating applications of blockchain, or testing out new technology deployed onto our aircraft. We're looking for individuals who share our passion for technology-driven innovation and are willing to seek out the next wave of solutions that will fuel our growth. If you have graduated from university in the last two years with an IT degree, or with an IT major, and are ready to kick start your career as a game changing technologist this is the opportunity for you.

What development and support will you get as a Qantas Graduate?

Your ongoing development will be a focus throughout the Program. Our Development Program integrates on the job experience, coaching, formal classroom learning, performance planning and feedback to support a 70:20:10 approach to learning where:

  • 70% of learning & development takes place from real-life and on-the-job experiences, tasks, and problem solving
  • 20% comes from feedback and from observing and working with mentors
  • 10% of learning and development comes from formal training

So are you ready to strap yourself in and take off with Qantas?

Your application journey

What to check before you start?

We're looking forward to welcoming some fresh new faces onboard soon - and one of those could be yours. But before you apply for the Qantas Graduate Program, there are a few things you'll need to check:

  • Are you in your final year of study? Or have you completed an undergraduate degree or postgraduate study in the last 2 years?
  • Do you have, or did you graduate with, a distinction average or above?
  • Can you work full time when the graduate program starts in February 2018?
  • Will you be a Permanent Resident or an Australian/NZ citizen when you apply?
  • Would you be willing to relocate to Sydney?
  • Are you a Finance Graduate, a General Graduate or Technology Graduate?
  • Are you available to attend the Assessment Centre on 15, 16, 21 or 22 June 2017 (dates subject to change)?

If you've had work experience in a corporate environment, been part of an intern program or taken a leadership role in any extra-curricular activities, that's a bonus, so be sure to let us know.

What happens next?

So you're ready to apply - Qantas is the right place for you and you've checked that you're right for us.

The first step is to complete your online application by 30 April 2017. Once we have received your application you'll progress through our recruitment process. Here's what to expect (dates are subject to change):

  • Online Talent Simulation: March/April 2017
  • Online Ability Tests: March/April 2017
  • Video Interview: April 2017
  • Assessment Centre/Formal Interview: 15, 16, 21 or 22 June 2017 (dates subject to change)

And finally, following successful reference and background checks, we'll be making an offer for you to join the 2018 Qantas Graduate Program in early July 2017.

For more information about the Qantas Graduate Program check out our FAQs.

Diversity & Indigenous engagement

A place for everyone.

What is diversity and inclusion?

Australia is a country that's known for its multiculturalism - for embracing our differences as the things that make us special. And as an organisation that embodies the Spirit of Australia, it's no surprise that we're just as proud to celebrate diversity here at Qantas.

Whether it's your background, life experiences, education or area of expertise - or your gender, age, ethnicity, cultural background, disability, religion and sexual orientation - having a diverse team means everyone has a voice. It's an important part of our culture, and a vital element to our success as an organisation too.

Indigenous engagement

We want to do everything we can to help Indigenous Australians gain more skills and find exciting employment opportunities. For this reason, we have a number of Indigenous programs in place, including education and pathways to employment.

Our Indigenous careers team are dedicated to finding cadetships and other job opportunities across the Qantas Group or in other businesses. We've seen first-hand just how much of a difference these programs can make to people's lives.

Watch the inspiring story of Barbie-Lee Kirby, who joined Qantas as a Career Trackers intern and is now a Finance Graduate in our 2016 Finance Graduate Cohort.

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Meet our grads

Get the inside scoop on graduate life at Qantas and find out more about what you can experience. Also meet a couple of our previous grad alumni and look at where the Qantas Graduate program can take you:

Steve Clinch

Degree: Master of Professional Accounting
Rotations: Group Reporting, Insight and Finance & Domestic Customer & Commercial
Current Rotation: Centre of Finance Excellence, Associated Airlines – Decision Support
Steve Clinch

Why did you choose the Qantas Graduate Program?

I was a current employee of Qantas prior to applying for the finance graduate program, working for the last 15 years in an operational role. I decided to make a career change and went back to University to study Accounting. The Qantas Graduate Program enabled me to combine my passion for working in the airline industry and apply the skills I had developed throughout my degree. Being able to continue to work for an Australian iconic company has always appealed to me.

The ability to rotate through four different areas within the Finance department is a huge bonus, gaining a detailed understanding of the business from various aspects, giving me greater insight and direction to shape my career path within Qantas.

What do you get up to in your rotations?

I actively get involved in preparing monthly performance reports for the CFO, as well as half year and annual reports published publically. I also have the opportunity to be part of the contract review process for Qantas, analysing from an accounting perspective.

What support do you get?

As a grad there is great deal of support available to you to ensure your entry into the corporate world is a smooth transition from university/previous work life. A graduate program manager is your point of contact for the two year program. Each rotation you are allocated a rotation manager that is able to offer you the guidance and experience to realise your objectives for the rotation. There is also a buddy system in place which begins at orientation.

What was your biggest misconception about working for an airline?

The depth of the airline industry is immense and with that comes the need for a greatly diverse workforce. Since commencing the graduate program I have had the opportunity to network and learn vital skills from people with vastly different career backgrounds. I am gaining greater insight each week into the many niche departments and special project teams that you would only discover upon working in the airline industry, that contribute to the overall success of the business.

Any other surprises?

The level of opportunity within the Finance department is vast and the opportunity to work on exciting projects that I would never even have considered before commencing the program. The graduate program at Qantas is held with high regard within the Qantas workforce and it has been great to meet so many former grads who have paved exciting careers for themselves within the company. Fellow colleagues are keen to share their knowledge with grads.

Tips for those applying for the Qantas Graduate Program?

Study hard and apply yourself at university. The Qantas Grad program is highly competitive so prepare yourself for the interview selection process. Research the current Qantas business plan and strategy and apply the knowledge gained to how you can have a positive impact on the business. Great interpersonal and communication skills are highly important as all rotations involve working in a team environment.

Bronte Courtney

Degree: Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Rotations: Group Organisational Development; Small Medium Enterprise Sales
Current Rotation: Base Operations
Bronte Courtney

Why did you choose the Qantas Graduate Program?

Above all, it was my passion for travel and the aviation industry that motivated me to pursue the Qantas Graduate Program. I was really excited by the opportunity to work in a dynamic and energetic industry, and I knew the Qantas brand was something I'd be proud to be a part of.

The Graduate Program provides a unique opportunity to explore different career paths, and as someone who wasn't sure of exactly what they wanted to do when they finished university, this really appealed to me.

What's the coolest part of being a Qantas Graduate?

I love being part of my Graduate cohort. Not only have I been able to share my ideas and experiences with others, but I've also created life-long friendships.

You're also given real responsibility from Day 1 and exposed to exciting, high-profile projects as a grad. In my first rotation I helped to organise a three-day offsite development program for our executive leaders, and in my second rotation I worked on the launch of 'Qantas Business Rewards' - our new loyalty program for Small to Medium businesses.

What was your biggest misconception about working for an airline?

There is so much more to an airline than just planes. The Qantas Group encompasses almost every profession, from Sales experts, to doctors, engineers, lawyers, data analysts, HR professionals, IT specialists and more. The diversity of people, backgrounds, experiences and expertise at Qantas makes it a truly remarkable company to work for.

How has being part of the Graduate Program supported your career path through Qantas?

Working in different areas of the business has allowed me to build a well-rounded skillset and a holistic understanding of the Qantas Group, both of which will prepare me to transition into a permanent role at the end of the program.

Exposure to different teams, as well as being supported by a Graduate buddy and mentor, has also helped me to build a strong professional network.

What tips do you have for those applying for the Qantas Graduate Program?

Be confident but humble. Demonstrate a positive attitude and a learning mindset. Be yourself and showcase what you will bring to the program!

Katrina Arkell

Degree: Bachelor of Business (HR Major)
Graduate Cohort: 2009
Rotations: Generalist HR experience in Commercial Planning and in our New Zealand business, HR Shared Services, Industrial Relations
Current Role: HR Manager, Flight Operations
Karina Arkell

Why did you choose the Qantas Graduate Program?

It's cliché but true - I knew from the start that I wanted a grad role in an organisation that I believed in and would be proud to say I worked for. Plus, I was banking on the fact that I would get to work across a whole range of areas, in both operational and corporate teams, which is exactly what happened.

What was the coolest part of being a Qantas Graduate?

As a graduate there's a lot of focus on getting to know as many parts of the business as possible, not just through your rotations but also through regular 'excursions' where I flew an A380 under the harbour bridge (don't worry, it was in a simulator…), got trained in evacuating an aircraft (again, exercise only) and helped prepare meals in our Catering Centre.

What was your biggest misconception about working for an airline?

I definitely underestimated the size and complexity - i.e. the number of people across so many departments in over 30 ports around the world that come together every day to deliver for our customers. In one day, we move over 160,000 people on over 1,000 passenger flights; we serve over 133,000 meals; and we move over 73,000 pieces of luggage and over 4,000 shipments of freight.

How has being part of the Graduate Program supported your career path through Qantas?

As you would probably expect, as a grad you will feel very well supported through your Managers and colleagues, and through the additional experiences and development opportunities that you get by being part of a formal program. But in a more informal way, one of the best things that continues to help me with career decisions post the grad program have been the relationships I've made with previous Managers but also just as importantly, with my fellow grads and peers.

What tips do you have for those applying for the Qantas Graduate Program?

  • Be yourself - authenticity is important
  • Be unique - think about what sets you apart from others and make sure you highlight that
  • Be confident, but not over-confident (there's a big difference!)

Recent Awards

The Australian Association of Graduate Employers Top 75:

Top 75 Graduate Employer 2017

GradAustralia's 2017 Top 100 Graduate Employers: !!!

Top 100 Graduate Employer 2017

Qantas is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we invite you to be part of an organisation that fosters a diverse workplace, supports many charities and environmental initiatives, and is actively committed to Australia's youth, the arts and sport. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply