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Graduate Jobs in Dunedin overview

Living in Dunedin as a young professional

Dunedin or ‘Edinburgh of the South’ is home to one of New Zealand’s most prestigious university, is surrounded by wildlife, mountains, world-class vineyards and sandy beaches. Its rich Scottish history has resulted in Dunedin having the largest concentration of Victorian architecture in New Zealand. The city has a population of just over 200,000, with over 18% being born outside of New Zealand. The median wage in Dunedin is $45,984.

Dunedin is the region’s only city, is a hive of activity and events during the academic year, with thousands of university students flocking to the city to complete their studies. Unlike some other New Zeland cities, a car isn’t a necessity in Dunedin.

Economy in Dunedin

Education is one of the main driving forces behind the Dunedin economy, with the University of Otago drawing a lot of international students and being New Zealand principal medical school.

Farming and forestry are important industries, with the agriculture (especially sheep farming and dairy), horticulture and tourism trades being the main employers in the region. The region is also home to some of the worlds best pinot noir, so the viticulture industry is also a thriving sector.

Getting around Dunedin

There is a good public transport system, and university students generally live on campus in either student fats or colleges which are all just a walking distance to supermarkets and a short walk to the town city centre (the Octagon). It’s worthwhile investing in a GoCard for public transport, and all students receive 25% off public transport when you present your student card.

The most sought-after graduate employers in Dunedin include:

  • Deloitte
  • WSP
  • BDO
  • Downer
  • PwC

How to land your dream graduate job in Dunedin

Whilst there are technically more graduate and internship jobs available in Auckland or Wellington, there is a range of top employers who hire for graduates (generally in March) and interns (in July/August).

Our top tips include:

  • Don’t send out masses of generic CV’s and cover letters
  • Employers receive thousands of applications each year for their graduate programs, so ensure you stand out by doing your research on the employer and understand why you’re really applying for the role, and where you can help the company
  • Set goals
  • Studying, working part-time and sending applications is a strenuous task for students, so set achievable goals and stick to them
  • Stay positive

It’s easy to get down if you get a few knock backs from employers, but keep your chin up and learn from what went wrong. Ensure your CV and cover letter is as tailored as possible, practice interview techniques and don’t be afraid to ask for feedback from employers.

Read our article on what to wear to an interview here, it’s surprising how many times students turn up to interviews underprepared and not dressed appropriately. Ensure you stand out,  but not in the wrong way!

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