GradX is mission ready
Raytheon Australia accepting applications for its graduate program
Raytheon Australia is ready for the next 10 undergraduate students to join their team through its GradX program. The program guarantees participants a full-time position with the company after they graduate.
Now in its second year, the 2021 program is open to students in their final year of university studying in a wide range of disciplines, including Engineering, Program Management, IT, Finance, Contracts and Supply Chain Management as well as Communications and Marketing.
In addition to a $5,000 sign-on bonus and access to paid internships during their final year of university study, GradX students are assigned an experienced mentor, relevant to their discipline to support them through the program. There is a wide range of further benefits available to students as they progress.
Aerospace engineering student Read Liston, one of GradX’s inaugural participants, said the interning opportunities and professional mentorship combined with securing a graduate role before anyone else in his cohort “made the Raytheon Australia program unbeatable.”
“It has been a great experience, and I have learnt so much. I believe Raytheon Australia is offering one of the best graduate programs available in the market,” Liston said.
He explained that GradX students receive tailored professional guidance, work with senior leaders to identify career and development goals, gain a wide range of work experience, and have the opportunity to advance their individual technical and leadership skills.
The ability to work on real programs like the LAND 19 Phase 7B program and be immersed in the technical field made this program rewarding, according to Liston.
“Working as a hardware engineering intern on the Land 19 program has highlighted aspects of my engineering ability that need improvement,” he said. “This is invaluable knowledge, particularly before joining the company as a graduate.”
The GradX program alleviates the added stress graduates often face when seeking employment after their degree while also preparing them with the essential skills and experience for their future careers.
For fellow GradX participant Liam Parker, a mechatronics engineering student, he said his mentor’s guidance has been vital to his learning.
“My mentor has been a massive help in defining my career goals and has given me a better idea of how I can apply my strengths in the workplace, and identify areas for development,” Parker said.
“My advice for new applicants of the GradX program is to show that you have a well-rounded skill set, have a passion for the work you do, and work well in a team,” he said. “You will learn a lot about yourself as a professional during your mentoring sessions if you approach them with an open mind and are ready to reflect on your career goals.”
Raytheon Australia Managing Director Michael Ward said the GradX program offers more than most traditional graduate program.
“We provide students with an advanced entry into the defence industry,” he said. “These students will be able to work on cutting-edge projects for some of Australia’s most significant defence capability programs.”
According to Ward, Raytheon Australia strongly values the importance of investing time, resources and training into the younger generation to cultivate the best minds working within the defence industry.
“Our company is focused on the future, and this program aims to motivate students to become future leaders while also being designed to suit each graduate’s career path uniquely,” said Ward.
“The GradX program is intended to attract the next generation of top talented minds to start a Raytheon Australia career. It benefits the graduates, our company, our nation and the entire defence ecosystem,” he said. “We seek passionate, collaborative students to work in a diverse and innovative team environment that will make a difference in this world and our rapidly evolving industry.”
The GradX program also supports students through their final year of university. Mechanical and mechatronics engineering student Courtney Battle experienced first-hand the assistance of Raytheon Australia to GradX participants — even when studying on the other side of the globe.
“I was completing my honours in Spain for the first half of my final year, and the program supported me through the whole process and ensured I was kept up to date,” said Battle.
Raytheon Australia is accepting applications for its second intake for GradX 2021 now. All applications must be submitted here by Nov. 3, 2020.