Robert Walters is great for graduates


Robert Walters Australia has been named in the Australian Financial Review and GradConnection's Top 100 Graduate Employers’ List. The list reveals where recent graduates are keen to work and Robert Walters is the only recruitment consultancy to make the cut. We speak to Elliot Birch, who joined the Robert Walters Australia graduate program last year to find out why.

My university pathway

“After completing a double bachelor degree in commerce and economics at The University of Western Australia, I started looking at banking graduate jobs in my final year. As I was doing well in those subjects, it made sense to start a career in banking.

The right graduate program for me

During an interview with a recruitment consultant, I was asked if I had ever considered a career in recruitment. The honest answer was no - I hadn’t even thought about it. Once I got home, I jumped online and did some research on the recruitment industry and came across the Robert Walters graduate program. The professionalism of the website along with the quality of the program, online reviews and positive comments on forums made it an opportunity I didn’t want to miss.

I got the job

After submitting my CV, I received a call the next day and had an interview three days later. The smooth process and the fact that I met with key stakeholders such as the director and manager in the early stages demonstrated the level of commitment Robert Walters provide to their graduates.

I was given a clear outline of the program modules, reinforcing that there would be lots of opportunities for development and training, and I was eager to learn from experienced mentors who run the training program. The possibility of a global career within the organisation confirmed I made the right decision.

My most memorable work moments

The flexibility, level of autonomy and sense of ownership within my role have been highlights. Building relationships and networking with clients and candidates has been extremely rewarding and I love the fact that this role is multi-disciplinary and varied. On top of this, Robert Walters offers great internal promotion opportunities and recognises the quality of service which everyone is driven to deliver.  

Biggest misconception about working in recruitment

Some people assume that recruitment is sitting down and cold calling candidates and clients, but this is definitely not the case. You have to wear many hats and be strategic, so you can relate to both your clients and candidates. It’s not about sales, but a collaborative effort in building genuine relationships.

The best part of my job

The people and culture. From day one, I felt welcome and part of the team. Everyone is very supportive of each other which creates a collaborative environment where team effort is rewarded.

Advice for graduates interested in recruitment

Be yourself. If you can demonstrate why you’re genuinely interested in the role, have an outgoing personality and can hold a conversation, you have the qualities needed when conducting client and candidate meetings.”

Building relationships and networking with clients and candidates has been extremely rewarding and I love the fact that this role is multi-disciplinary and varied.

Interested in a career in recruitment? Contact or call +61 3 86282100, to find out how you can take part in our Graduate Program.