At Shoal, our purpose is to apply systems thinking to bring about positive change and we look for curious, motivated graduates who want to make a difference. We have a focus on supporting you to explore and experience a range of offerings, taking your curiosity and thirst for learning to the next level. Our goal is to offer you a career defining experience, laying the groundwork for you to excel. 

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Becoming a ShoalGrad is a great place to start your career

You will join a two-year program to experience each and every area of our business, whetting your appetite for your future career. There are five core elements:


We aim to maximise your exposure to a variety of teams and projects, and we’ll allocate you to a team to start your learning experience from day one. Projects may include our client projects, as well as corporate programs and R&D. We hold company-wide Knowledge Sharing Sessions are each Friday too.


Our “Glad you are Here” induction program will set you up with an internal mentor to share their technical knowledge and experience. You’ll also have a GrAdvisor to provide great support for day-to-day questions and with structured, regular check-ins. Individual 1:1s are also regularly held with your Program Director or Project Lead.


Our Competency Framework has been designed to guide you along the path towards an emerging professional, with allocated development time and technical training.


ShoalConnect days are offered prior to your commencement. When you start, you’ll share in regular ShoalGrad and ShoalIntern meetings, peer chats and social events.


We like to understand your goals and help you achieve them with your personalised Development Plan, matched with performance objectives.

Download our ShoalGrad brochure.

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Am I eligible to apply?

ShoalGrad is unique and designed for passionate, creative, curious systems thinkers, who are excited by solving complex problems. Here is our eligibility criteria to apply:

  • A degree qualification in engineering, including electrical and / or electronic
  • Completing studies this year (or 24 months prior)
  • An interest in exploring modelling and simulation
  • An interest in a career in Defence, Space, Transport and Infrastructure (including new energy)
  • Based in Adelaide for the 24 month ShoalGrad program
  • Ready to join Shoal full time in February
  • Australian citizenship is required for Defence Clearance eligibility.

What does a day in the life at Shoal look like?

We asked our team to document their day so that you can find out what it’s like to work at Shoal. Click these links to learn about their day.


We accept applications online, via our website. Check out our graduate positions on our Job Opportunities page.

Register interest

We advertise our Graduate positions on LinkedIn and our website. Please fill in the form below to register your interest and we’ll add you to our mailing list for ShoalGrad updates.


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How long is the application process?

Generally, applications are open from March to April each year. Applications are reviewed, FaceCruit (video interview tool) interviews are scheduled and the final shortlist is assembled towards the end of May. Depending on the number of applicants, we may invite a group of potential recruits to Shoal’s HQ for a ShoalGrad Information Day. This provides insight into our work and culture. We present offers in June and applicants are asked to submit their Defence Clearance applications immediately after accepting. The ShoalGrad program commences in February the following year.

When do applications close?

Applications close in April each year.

When does role commence?

ShoalGrads will commence in February.

Where is the ShoalGrad position located?

ShoalGrads will be based in our head office in Adelaide at 107 Wright Street, Adelaide. It’s a great location, close to public transport, the Central Market, cafes and the heart of the CBD.

Do you offer a relocation assistance?

We may offer relocation assistance. This will be discussed during our hiring process if required.

I’m an international student. Can I apply?

ShoalGrads will work across all areas of our business, including Defence. Special conditions apply:

Applicants must be Australian citizens and be eligible to obtain and maintain Australian Defence security clearance.

International export control regulations may apply to some projects and as such, your nationality may be a factor in determining your suitability for this role.

How do you treat my personal information and is it safe?

All your details are held confidentially within our Applicant Tracking System and adhere to the most recent Australian Privacy Legislation.

How do I apply for a position I have seen advertised?

You will need to submit your application online. You can find our graduate positions on Job Opportunities – Shoal Group. 

How do I know that my application has been received?

After completing your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email

I've applied online. What happens next?

We’ll carefully review your application and be in contact with you regarding your suitability for the role that you have applied for.

Should I write a cover letter or is my resume enough?

A brief cover letter is required to give us some additional information about you in support of your application.

Will I need to provide proof of my university transcript at any point?

You will need to provide your university transcript during the pre-employment screening phase if selected.

Will I have to complete a video interview?

You may be selected to complete a short video interview after your application has been reviewed. We use an interview tool called FaceCruit. Later in the process, an in person or Microsoft Teams interview may be held.

Will I have an in-person interview with my manager?

You may be invited to an in-person or MS Teams interview with members of the ShoalGrad recruitment team. Our People and Culture team member will discuss with you if selected for interview.

How many interviews can I expect?

There will a maximum of 2 interviews. One short video interview and if selected, an in-person or MS Teams interview, depending on location.

Our People and Culture team member will discuss with you if selected for interview.

Who are the ideal referees I should provide?

Our People and Culture team member will discuss this with you if required as part of the pre-employment screening process.

What other checks will need to be completed?

There are a  number of pre-employment checks that will need to be completed prior to receiving an offer of employment. These include:

  • Reference checks
  • Providing 100 points of identification
  • Verifying your address history for the last 5 years.

Our People and Culture team member will guide you through the process.

How do I get an Australia Defence security clearance?

This will be discussed as part of the pre-employment process. There is nothing that you need to do until employment offer stage. We will guide you through the process.

Information on security clearances can be found here:

Who can I contact about my application?

Please direct any enquiries to [email protected]

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But wait – What’s next?

We understand that you are probably looking past the next two years toward your next adventure beyond the life of a grad. Here at Shoal we understand it is important to keep up the pace of development and support and we have designed a flow on from ShoalGrad specifically for Emerging Professionals. Depending on your professional and personal priorities, we work with you to explore what you need whether formal development, specific project experience or even flexible work options. From Engineers Australia courses to masters degrees – we are always open to create a mutually beneficial tailored plan.