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ThoughtWorks, a global technology company with over 300 ThoughtWorkers across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, has been named as the 2017 Top Graduate Employer in Australia by the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE), as determined by feedback from over 2,500 graduates.

The list of Australia’s top 75 employers is a definitive guide to the best places to work for new graduates entering the workforce and aims to recognise organisations that provide the most positive experience. Rankings are determined from survey responses gathered from graduates who have spent 12 months working with organisations.

In addition to the 2017 Top Graduate Employer Award, ThoughtWorks was the 2013 AAGE Best Graduate Employer, as well as a finalist in 2014 and 2015 in the same category, and is a finalist in this week’s GradConnection 2017 Top 100 Most Popular Graduate Employers due to be announced on Thursday, February 9. It was also a finalist in the 2016 JobAdvisor Coolest Places to Work for Diversity and received the 2016 Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation, awarded by the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

ThoughtWorks Australia offers graduate roles across Software Development, Business Analysis, Testing and Experience Design in its Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth offices. Since 2000, it has hired more than 160 graduates, including 29 in 2016.

59% of ThoughtWorks’ 2016 graduates were female and the company has consistently hired at least 50% female graduates every year since 2011, as part of its commitment to improving diversity in the local technology industry.

“Many of our most inspiring and successful ThoughtWorkers joined the company as graduates which makes it easy to recognise the valuable contributions that all graduates make to the business everyday. As a result, our commitment to attracting and nurturing graduates is a key focus for us again in 2017, not just here in Australia but across our entire business,” said Ange Ferguson, Group Managing Director for ThoughtWorks APAC.

“This year, we’re on track to fill 32 graduate roles in Australia, an increase on last year, – and at least 16 of them will be allocated to female technologists as part of our ongoing commitment to improving diversity without the tech industry.”

Graduate ThoughtWorkers have the unique opportunity to attend ThoughtWorks University – a five-week experience in India that enables them to connect with colleagues from around the world and gain an intimate understanding of the business and its broader purpose. Last year 324 graduates attended ThoughtWorks University and in 2017 that will increase to 444.

According to Ben Reeves, Chief Executive Officer, AAGE, the annual list of top graduate employers serves as a valuable resource for employers, university career services, Professional Associations and suppliers to the graduate recruitment industry.

“University career services are also encouraged to direct students to the list as part of job hunting activities to help them learn more about the top employers in Australia,” he said.

What Grads Love Most About ThoughtWorks…

“Amazing support from every person in the company. Everyone is very involved and keen to set aside time to help with any questions or problems. I have already been placed on a few different projects working with other more experienced colleagues which has lent itself to faster learning yet also been put in lead positions where I am responsible for the design of a project which makes me feel trusted and in a position to rise to the challenge, which I’ve loved.”

“Great culture, plenty of different outside of work things to get involved with, ability to work overseas, self driven development.”

“Amazing people, being trusted, having freedom, great benefits including impressive maternity leave, you are a person not a resource/number, company reputation, interesting and fun events often, informal….the list goes on.”

“Immediate relevant on the job work experience, initially starting in a shadowing position and then quickly becoming billable. Excellent support and development offered. Clients with similar values. Friendly and enjoyable atmosphere.”

For further information about the AAGE Top Graduate Employers, please visit https://www.topgraduateemployers.com/

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