Top 5 Australian companies with the best career development opportunities

January 22, 2024
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Are you tired of navigating the job market’s uncertainties, wishing you knew which employers will genuinely prioritize your career development?

Well, you’re in the right place because we have put together the top five Australian WORK180 Endorsed Employers for career development opportunities. These organizations go beyond promises and offer tangible career development.

From personalized mentorship programs to innovative training initiatives, they break down career barriers. Let us guide you through these companies’ initiatives, helping you make informed decisions for a career that’s not just a path but a story of success.

Benefits of working in a company with great career development opportunities

When career development is prioritized, employees experience a myriad of benefits that extend far beyond the professional realm.

Here are a few:

  • Knowledge Sharing and Collaborative Culture: Companies that emphasize career development often foster a culture of knowledge-sharing and collaboration. Employees, regardless of their position on the hierarchy, become encouraged to contribute ideas, share experiences, and collaborate on projects, creating a more inclusive and dynamic workplace.
  • Mentorship and Networking Opportunities: Career development initiatives often include mentorship programs and networking events. Even if you’re not seeking a promotion, being part of a mentorship program provides valuable insights and guidance from experienced professionals. Networking opportunities can broaden your connections within and outside the organization, opening doors to new possibilities.
  • Increased Job Security: In organizations where career development is a priority, employees are more likely to acquire a diverse skill set. This not only makes them more adaptable to changing job requirements but also enhances their overall job security. 
  • Positive Work Culture and Employee Morale: A commitment to career development contributes to a positive work culture. When employees witness their peers succeeding and growing within the organization, it creates a sense of pride and boosts overall morale. A supportive work environment, in turn, enhances job satisfaction for everyone involved.

How we calculate the best opportunities

Not only have all the employers we endorse on our website met our minimum standards to be there, but they also completed a detailed diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) survey that requests further information about the drivers we know are important to improving DEI in the workplace. The result is a holistic and intersectional understanding of each company’s current DEI performance and employee offering.

The data helps us rank Endorsed Employers on the key metrics and benefits, like career development opportunities, that jobseekers should know about a company – before they click apply! 

Which Endorsed Employers have the best career development opportunities?

(last updated 18 January 2024)

1. EY EY logo

Consulting & professional services | 5,001-10,000 employees

Promotion of women in the last 12 months: 51%

Initiatives to promote career development:

  • Access to training and education resources
  • Access to career coaching
  • External mentoring programs
  • External training and education support
  • Facilitating internal secondments or internships in new business functions
  • Facilitating external secondments or internships in new environments
  • Financial contributions towards external qualifications
  • Funding attendance at industry conferences and/or events
  • Graduate or trainee programs
  • Internal mentoring or coaching programs
  • Internal training and education academies
  • Leadership or other executive education training
  • Providing membership to professional or industry associations
  • Sponsorship of employees by senior leaders

2. Ericsson ericsson logo

Telecommunications | 1,001-5000 employees 

Promotion of women in the last 12 months: 30%

Initiatives to promote career development:

  • Access to training and education resources
  • Access to career coaching
  • External mentoring programs
  • External training and education support
  • Facilitating internal secondments or internships in new business functions
  • Facilitating external secondments or internships in new environments
  • Financial contributions towards external qualifications
  • Funding attendance at industry conferences and/or events
  • Graduate or trainee programs
  • Internal mentoring or coaching programs
  • Internal training and education academies
  • Leadership or other executive education training
  • Providing membership to professional or industry associations
  • Sponsorship of employees by senior leaders

3. Systra ANZ systra anz

Engineering | 101 – 250 employees

Promotion of women in the last 12 months: 27%

Initiatives to promote career development:

  • Access to training and education resources
  • Access to career coaching
  • External mentoring programs
  • External training and education support
  • Facilitating internal secondments or internships in new business functions
  • Financial contributions towards external qualifications
  • Funding attendance at industry conferences and/or events
  • Graduate or trainee programs
  • Internal mentoring or coaching programs
  • Internal training and education academies
  • Leadership or other executive education training
  • Providing membership to professional or industry associations

4. Netwealth Investments Ltd netwealth logo

Banking, investment & finance | 501 – 1,000 employees

Promotion of women in the last 12 months: 56%

Initiatives to promote career development:

  • Access to training and education resources
  • Access to career coaching
  • External mentoring programs
  • External training and education support
  • Facilitating internal secondments or internships in new business functions
  • Facilitating external secondments or internships in new environments
  • Financial contributions towards external qualifications
  • Funding attendance at industry conferences and/or events
  • Graduate or trainee programs
  • Internal mentoring or coaching programs
  • Internal training and education academies
  • Leadership or other executive education training
  • Providing membership to professional or industry associations
  • Sponsorship of employees by senior leaders

5. Experian ANZ experian logo

Information services & records management | 101-250 employees

Promotion of women in the last 12 months: 40%

Initiatives to promote career development:

  • Access to training and education resources
  • Access to career coaching
  • External mentoring programs
  • External training and education support
  • Facilitating internal secondments or internships in new business functions
  • Financial contributions towards external qualifications
  • Funding attendance at industry conferences and/or events
  • Graduate or trainee programs
  • Internal mentoring or coaching programs
  • Internal training and education academies
  • Leadership or other executive education training
  • Providing membership to professional or industry associations
  • Sponsorship of employees by senior leaders

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About the Author

Jacynta Clayton’s career started in recruitment advertising and employer branding, working with global clients to create and deploy strategic and creative content. Now she combines her industry experience with the knowledge from her psychology and professional writing degrees to write unique and resounding stories. As a WORK180 storyteller she relishes the opportunity to elevate the voices and experiences of so many amazing people, while also empowering and educating audiences on how to choose a workplace where they can thrive.

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