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Perpetual

4.1
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Perpetual Graduate Programs & Internships

  • Banking & Financial Services

Who are we?

Perpetual

Perpetual is one of Australia's leading ASX-listed, diversified financial institutions and blue-chip brands. What we do goes beyond managing money and why we do it is to create a better future. Working here, you'll not only be part of a growing global team, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with high-calibre people whilst delivering exceptional outcomes for our clients.

Across our four business divisions - Perpetual Asset Management Australia, Perpetual Asset Management International, Perpetual Private and Perpetual Corporate Trust - we aim to protect and grow our clients' wealth, knowing that by doing so we can make a difference in their lives.

Our vision is to be the most trusted in financial services and we're here to deliver enduring prosperity for our clients, our people and for the communities in which we work. We've worked hard over 130+ years to build our reputation as a trusted brand.

Our purpose is Enduring Prosperity; For our people, our clients, and the communities in which we live and work. By living our purpose, we aim to achieve our vision to be the most trusted in financial services. Perpetual's strong heritage is built on trust, integrity, stability, and unwavering focus on doing the right thing.

Why work at Perpetual?

The employee experience at Perpetual is unique, and we often say that we are 'big enough, small enough'. Our headcount makes us a small to medium-sized firm, but we create a big impact with the work we do. Working at Perpetual you'll not only be part of a growing global organisation, but you'll have day-to-day access to key decision-makers and senior leaders of the business.

Our graduate program is designed to create the leaders of the future. Because your success is essential to our growth, we are committed to help you develop your skills and plan your career.

Perpetual is a place where you can grow, thrive and make a difference in people's lives. We're passionate about workplace flexibility, sustainability and diversity and inclusion – and these are just some of the reasons why our people do what they do at Perpetual.

Recruitment Process

About our Graduate Program – Perpetual

Perpetual Program (12 months)

As a Perpetual Graduate, you will focus on real and meaningful work, have early responsibility and accountability. You will be stretched to learn in a supportive and inclusive team. In 2025, our Perpetual Graduate Program will have roles available across the following three business units:

Perpetual Private

Perpetual Private provides tailored, holistic financial advice and solutions for successful individuals, families and community-based organisations.

Our advisers provide strategic advice on superannuation and retirement planning, general investment, asset protection, insurance, tax management, estate planning, aged care, social security, succession planning and philanthropy.

As one of Australia’s largest managers of philanthropic funds, we manage approximately 1,000 charitable trusts and endowment funds, which support medical, social, environmental, religious, cultural and educational causes.

The unique combination of professional trustee management experience, fiduciary heritage and investment management capability has seen Perpetual Private become a key partner in the prudent and effective management of Native Title trusts, a new and growing part of our business.

Perpetual Corporate Trust (PCT)

PCT is a unique combination of businesses with a clear vision to be the most trusted partner in the banking and financial services industry. Our strategy is to enable our clients and the market to be more effective, efficient, economical while managing ever-increasing cyber security risks and maintaining compliance.

Domestic and global financial institutions leverage our corporate strength, best-of-breed risk and compliance management framework, local on-the-ground expertise and service excellence across debt markets, managed funds and digital solutions to support their business strategy. We are commercial, flexible and take a commercial approach to enable our clients to achieve their strategic and business goals, while always acting in the best interests of investors. 

As a leading fiduciary, custodian and digital business in Australia, with dedicated operations in Singapore, PCT supports clients locally and overseas with a unique offering through our businesses:

  • Debt Market Services include trustee, document custodian, agency, trust management, accounting, standby servicing and reporting solutions.
  • Managed Fund Services offering includes responsible entity, wholesale trustee, custodian, investment management and accounting services.
  • Perpetual Asia business headquartered in Singapore, provides both debt markets and managed funds products, specialising in Singapore Real Estate Investment Trusts “SREITS” and cross-border capital flows into Australia.
  • Laminar Capital provides fixed income dealing, treasury and advisory services to government organisations, superannuation funds, local councils, ADIs, not-for-profits, wealth managers.

Perpetual Digital – PCT’s Innovation Company

Perpetual Digital is the pioneering arm working to optimise and scale both the Perpetual Corporate Trust (PCT) business, our clients and the broader industry. Perpetual Digital began its work almost 25 years ago by developing investor reporting technology.

Today, Perpetual Digital is PCT’s fully-fledged innovation company, with a large team of experts delivering SaaS products and professional services including data services, industry roundtables, software-as-a-service products.

Dedicated Development

In the Perpetual and Fordham Graduate Program, your development is important to us.

Your journey with Perpetual/Fordham begins through your recruitment process where we build a strong insight of your respective strengths and potential areas for development. We subsequently use this information to build a blended learning approach that includes customised face-to-face workshops, online learning, and access to leaders. Your development program is designed to set you up for future success and high performance in our organisation.

In designing your learning journey, we take into consideration the skills you need to perform at the appropriate stage in your graduate program. For example, on joining Perpetual/Fordham our focus will be helping you transition into the workplace. As you progress through the program, we may cover areas including understanding yourself and performing in diverse teams, influencing others, building resilience and developing leadership capability. This compliments any formal technical training that you may complete as part of your specific role.

Your tailored learning journey will allow you to network and build strong relationships, not only with your own graduate cohort but with key stakeholders in our business. As a Graduate, you will have exposure to different businesses and clients where you will gain a depth of experience in our organisation, access to leaders in our business, and a structured support community of buddies and mentors.

To be eligible for our graduate program, you'll need to have:

  • Completed your undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the past three years (i.e. 2020, 2021, 2022 or be due to complete it by the end of January 2023.
  • Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency (at the time of application).
  • Be eligible to undertake your CA if applying to the Fordham Accounting Business

Fordham's Vacationer Program

The Fordham Vacationer Program is an essential component in gaining valuable working experience while finishing your studies. Great careers can be defined by where they started and we at Fordham believe we offer an exciting opportunity to be part of a growing business.

Our four-week Vacationer Program will provide you with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the accounting field.

From day one, you will experience the drive and dedication for excellence we provide to our clients and be supported by committed professionals who will help guide and mentor you. You won't be just filing during the Vacationer Program! You will be involved in real-life assignments such as meeting clients, interacting with Fordham Partners and be involved in technical and professional skills training. This is an opportunity to experience what life is like at Fordham with the potential to kick start your accounting career with us.

To be eligible for our vacationer program, you'll need to:

  • Be in the penultimate year of your degree
  • Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency (at the time of application).
  • Be available to commence the four-week program in late November 2022.
  • Have undertaken studies aligned to becoming a CA in the future.

Remuneration & Career Growth

Health, Wellbeing & Benefits

We're passionate about the mental health and well-being of our team as we want our people to be able to thrive both at work and home. We recently signed up to Headspace to give your employees and their families free access to the market-leading app designed to improve health and well-being through mindfulness and meditation.

At Perpetual we're serious about flexibility as we believe it drives better business outcomes and know that it is important to our people. We know flexibility looks different to everyone. Our goal is to empower our people with a measure of control over when, where, and how they work to deliver their best work.

Our benefits

When it comes to our employee benefits, we have everything you'd expect and more. We are passionate about protecting the wealth of all Australian's and positioning them for financial security and retirements. This starts at home for us, and our portfolio of benefits are designed to help employees balance their personal and professional lives and reach their financial goals.

Super and Leave

  • Two weeks additional paid leave for Well-being & Community Leave, yes, that's 6 weeks leave!
  • 12% super contributions for all staff
  • Ability to purchase and additional 4 weeks of annual leave per year

Parental Leave

  • 20 weeks paid parental leave, accessible for both parents.
  • Eligible employees on parental leave will receive superannuation payments on the unpaid portion of their parental leave, capped at 40 weeks.

Discounts

Access to 'Perpetual Discounts' providing discounts and special offers on entertainment, clothing, homeware, gift cards, technology, dining and more.

Health 

  • Employees can save up to 4% on their health insurance with Bupa corporate products and have access to a unique corporate plan with HCF.
  • Access to $275 wellbeing allowance annually, to support physical and mental wellbeing.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Perpetual & Fordham have partnered with TELUS Health as our Employee Assistance Program provider to provide professional, confidential coaching and support, free to you and your immediate family members.

Flu Vaccinations

Each year Perpetual offers employees the option of receiving a flu vaccination.

Wealth

  • Access to Perpetual investment products at reduced fees
  • Complimentary Employee Financial Health Checks, with our inhouse Wealth Management Team.

Talent Referral Incentive Plan

  • Our talent referral incentive plan rewards employees with up to $5,000 when their referrals become.

Graduate Reviews

Overall Score
4.1
Overall score based on 6 reviews
They Score Best in…
9.0
Diversity
8.6
Management
8.6
Work Hours
8.5
Corporate Social Responsibility
9.0
Diversity
8.6
Management
8.6
Work Hours
8.5
Corporate Social Responsibility
What Graduates Say About Them
  • Great people and work culture
  • The company is very flexible. I work from home once a fortnight and they are flexible with if you need to leave early or take a longer lunch hour etc. The people are all really welcoming and helpful as well. The managers I have had are very encouraging and supportive in regards to helping with career development.
  • Flexible work policy means healthy work life balance. Perpetual is "big enough but small enough" such that it is possible to make an impact, business is supportive with educational opportunities. We also have the best themed Christmas party every year.
  • Flexible work policy and respect for healthy work life balance, meaningful projects, lots of invitations to corporate events and other activities, support for additional study given.
  • The work environment is extremely friendly.
  • Out-dated systems and processes.

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • Sydney, Melbourne and Perth
Hiring candidates with qualifications in
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Business & Management
C
Creative Arts
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Engineering & Mathematics
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Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
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IT & Computer Science
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Law, Legal Studies & Justice
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Medical & Health Sciences
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Property & Built Environment
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Sciences
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Teaching & Education

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
I feel grateful that I have been able to take my time to discover my interests and passions and to be working in a field that I really enjoy. Taking time out from study to travel and work really helped to shape my career pathway.

Jessamy Burton

  • Graduate stories
I feel grateful that I have been able to take my time to discover my interests and passions and to be working in a field that I really enjoy. Taking time out from study to travel and work really helped to shape my career pathway.

Jessamy Burton

  • Graduate stories
Get as much industry experience as you can; do internships, participate in case competitions and talk to any contacts in the industry you may have as this is so important in helping to decide on your future career path

Olivia Italiano

  • Graduate stories
Get as much industry experience as you can; do internships, participate in case competitions and talk to any contacts in the industry you may have as this is so important in helping to decide on your future career path

Olivia Italiano

  • Graduate stories
I feel grateful that I have been able to take my time to discover my interests and passions and to be working in a field that I really enjoy. Taking time out from study to travel and work really helped to shape my career pathway.

Jessamy Burton

  • Graduate stories
I feel grateful that I have been able to take my time to discover my interests and passions and to be working in a field that I really enjoy. Taking time out from study to travel and work really helped to shape my career pathway.

Jessamy Burton

  • Graduate stories
Get as much industry experience as you can; do internships, participate in case competitions and talk to any contacts in the industry you may have as this is so important in helping to decide on your future career path

Olivia Italiano

  • Graduate stories
Get as much industry experience as you can; do internships, participate in case competitions and talk to any contacts in the industry you may have as this is so important in helping to decide on your future career path

Olivia Italiano


A Day In The Life Of


  • Day in the life

Sophie Dunn

Sophie Dunn studied a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Science (Biology) degree at the University of Wollongong and is now a graduate at Perpetual Private within the Private Clients team.
  • Day in the life

Sophie Dunn

Sophie Dunn studied a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Science (Biology) degree at the University of Wollongong and is now a graduate at Perpetual Private within the Private Clients team.
  • Day in the life

Ina Su

Ina Su studied a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance, Economics) and Bachelor of Science (Medicinal Chemistry) degree at University of Sydney and is now a graduate at Perpetual Corporate Trust within the Sales & Product team.
  • Day in the life

Ina Su

Ina Su studied a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance, Economics) and Bachelor of Science (Medicinal Chemistry) degree at University of Sydney and is now a graduate at Perpetual Corporate Trust within the Sales & Product team.
  • Day in the life

Sophie Dunn

Sophie Dunn studied a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Science (Biology) degree at the University of Wollongong and is now a graduate at Perpetual Private within the Private Clients team.
  • Day in the life

Sophie Dunn

Sophie Dunn studied a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Science (Biology) degree at the University of Wollongong and is now a graduate at Perpetual Private within the Private Clients team.
  • Day in the life

Ina Su

Ina Su studied a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance, Economics) and Bachelor of Science (Medicinal Chemistry) degree at University of Sydney and is now a graduate at Perpetual Corporate Trust within the Sales & Product team.
  • Day in the life

Ina Su

Ina Su studied a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance, Economics) and Bachelor of Science (Medicinal Chemistry) degree at University of Sydney and is now a graduate at Perpetual Corporate Trust within the Sales & Product team.

Videos


The Graduate Experience

Hear from some of our current and previous Graduates about their experience with Fordham.

The Fordham Experience

A great insight to what life is like at Fordham

The Graduate Experience

Hear from some of our current and previous Graduates about their experience with Fordham.

The Fordham Experience

A great insight to what life is like at Fordham