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Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders – how Cushman & Wakefield’s Graduate Program is revolutionising career readiness and innovation


Cushman & Wakefield's Graduate Program is a launchpad for ambitious individuals eager to excel in the dynamic realm of Project & Development Services. This program is more than just training; it's a transformative journey that shapes the leaders of tomorrow by immersing them in a community of like-minded graduates.

Mitch Wilson, Cushman & Wakefield’s Head of Project & Development Services Australia & New Zealand says the firm's commitment to excellence is reflected in this internal training program, designed to help participants reach their full potential within the Cushman & Wakefield corporate structure. Below, he answers some questions about the program and how graduates can get involved:

Q: Can you tell us about Cushman & Wakefield’s graduate program and its key objectives?

Mitch: Our graduate program at Cushman & Wakefield is designed to attract and develop the next generation of leaders in the real estate and development industry. The key objectives are to provide comprehensive training, hands-on experience, and mentorship to graduates, enabling them to build strong foundations for their careers. We aim to cultivate talent that is well-versed in both the technical and strategic aspects of our business.

Q: What can participants expect in this program?

Mitch: Over the course of two years, participants enjoy a multitude of benefits, including:

  • Exposure to a Multinational Project & Development Services Division which includes Project Management, Design & Build, Program Management and Building Consultancy streams: Participants gain insights and experience within a global context, broadening their professional horizons.
  • Diversified Learning and Work Experience: They can engage in a variety of projects and tasks to develop a comprehensive skill set.
  • High-Quality Mentoring and Coaching: They will benefit from personalised guidance and timely feedback to refine performance and professional growth.
  • Structured Career Path: All participants receive robust support for the project management journey, ensuring a clear and progressive career trajectory.

Q: Why is the graduate program so important to Cushman & Wakefield?

Mitch: The graduate program is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, it helps us to identify and nurture fresh talent, ensuring we have a pipeline of skilled professionals ready to meet the future demands of the industry. Secondly, it reinforces our commitment to professional development and continuous learning, which are core values at Cushman & Wakefield. Finally, by investing in graduates, we’re able to bring in new perspectives and innovative ideas that can drive our business forward.

Q: How successful has the graduate program been to date?

Mitch: The success of our graduate program can be seen in several key metrics. Since its inception, we’ve had 6 graduates complete the program, with a retention rate of 83% with another 6 graduates currently immersed in the program. Moreover, the program allows graduates to select their desired workstream at the completion of the 2 years, demonstrating the effectiveness of our training and development efforts. Feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive, with many highlighting the program’s role in accelerating their career growth and development.

Q: In what ways does the graduate program improve office culture at Cushman & Wakefield?

Mitch: The program significantly enhances our office culture by fostering an environment of learning and collaboration. Graduates bring enthusiasm and fresh perspectives, which can be incredibly invigorating for our teams. Additionally, the mentorship aspect of the program encourages a culture of support and knowledge sharing. Senior staff members enjoy the opportunity to mentor younger colleagues, which helps to build strong, inter-generational relationships within the firm. It is amazing the tangible benefits that are brought to a business with fresh eyes and fresh thinking.

Q: How does the graduate program help shape the future of its participants?

Mitch: Our program is designed to equip graduates with a diverse skill set that prepares them for various career paths within the industry. Through rotations across different departments, graduates gain a holistic understanding of our business. They also develop critical soft skills such as leadership, communication, and problem-solving. By the end of the program, participants are not only well-prepared for their roles at Cushman & Wakefield but also positioned to become industry leaders in the future. The network they build during the program provides ongoing support and opportunities throughout their careers.

Q: What advice would you give to graduates considering applying to your program?

Mitch: My advice would be to approach the application process with confidence and a genuine interest in the real estate and development industry. We look for candidates who are not only academically accomplished but also demonstrate initiative, adaptability, and a willingness to learn. Show us your passion for the field and how you can contribute to our team. Remember, this program is a stepping stone to a successful and rewarding career, so make the most of every opportunity it offers.

Q: How can graduates apply and get involved?

Mitch: Visit our website and to learn more or reach out to our careers team at


About Cushman & Wakefield
Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global commercial real estate services firm for property owners and occupiers with approximately 52,000 employees in nearly 400 offices and 60 countries. In 2023, the firm reported revenue of $9.5 billion across its core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, and valuation and other services. It also receives numerous industry and business accolades for its award-winning culture and commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), sustainability and more. For additional information, visit


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