MECCA Brands Graduate Program - FAQs


ELIGIBILITY

Am I eligible to apply for the 2021 MECCA Brands Graduate Program?

We hope so!

If you can answer 'yes' to each of the following questions, we'd love to receive your application:

  1. Are you (or by the end of 2020, will you be) a university Graduate from the class of 2018, 2019 or 2020?
  2. Do you have a weighted average mark of 65 or more?
  3. Are you based in Melbourne or are you willing to meet us in Melbourne for any recruitment related activities and re-locate to Melbourne for the Graduate program?
  4. Are you an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or do you hold Australian Permanent Residency?
  5. Do you have previous or current experience working as a Store Host in one of our MECCA stores? If not, are you available from October 2020 to work as a Summer Store Host over the summer of 2020/2021 in your local MECCA Brands store, to learn about our amazing customers and exclusive products?
  6. Are you passionate about going places with your career, rotating through up to four teams in our Support Centre, and becoming a future leader of MECCA Brands?

If your answers are a resounding 'yes', then we would love to see your application!


Do I need to hold any particular degree to be able to apply?

No particular degree is needed, so long as you hold at least a University Bachelor’s degree. Applications for our 2021 Graduate Program are open to Graduates who:

  • Hold at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university;
  • Achieved at least a WAM of 65 or above across their university studies; and
  • Finished, or will finish, their university studies in 2018, 2019 or 2020.

If you find that the 2021 Graduate Program isn’t quite the opportunity for you, we would otherwise encourage you to look from time-to-time at the “Current Opportunities”


How do I calculate my Average Weighted Mark (WAM)?

Most Universities provide their students with a final mark out of 100 (the Subject Mark), for each subject completed by the student (the Completed Subjects). You can then generate your WAM using the following formula:

WAM = (Sum of the Subject Marks) / (Number of Completed Subjects)

If your University only provides you with a Grade Point Average (GPA) and not a WAM, please contact your University and ask if they can kindly convert your GPA into a WAM.


Do I need to be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident to apply?

Yes. MECCA Brands is only able to offer positions to Graduates that are Australian or New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia.

We are so sorry if this rules you out from our Graduate program. We love our MECCA Beauties from all over the world and we value different perspectives in our Graduate program. But the thing is, at the moment we are so lucky to receive so many applications from strong, talented and qualified applicants who are Australian or New Zealand Citizens, or Australian Permanent Residents, that we are not able to offer Graduate positions outside of these groups.


Do I need previous experience with MECCA Brands?

Our purpose at MECCA Brands is to enable our customers to look and feel their best. Our stores are our beating heart. There's no better way to understand our purpose, meet our MECCA-mazing customers and learn about our exceptional and exclusive products, than by spending time in one of our vibrant stores as an in-store Host.

We therefore will only accept Graduates who are either:

  • currently working at or previously have worked at a MECCA Brands store; or
  • available to come onboard as a Summer Store Host in one of our MECCA Brands stores from October 2020 to January 2021.

Can I apply if I don’t live in Melbourne?

Yes! We would love to bring your interstate / international experiences to Melbourne and fill our Support Centre with talent from all corners of Australia and New Zealand.

However please be aware that if you progress through our application process, you will need to be available to attend our one-day Graduate Recruitment Forum in Melbourne in early or mid April 2020 (the precise date will be communicated to successful candidates). And if you are invited to join our Graduate program, you will need to be prepared to move to Melbourne for the two-year duration of the Graduate program, starting in late January 2021.


OUR SUPPORT CENTRE

Where is MECCA Brands' Support Centre located and how many people work in it?

Our Support Centre is located in two neighbouring, beautifully converted industrial spaces in Richmond, just east of the Melbourne CBD.

There are currently around 380 team members working in our Support Centre and this number seems to keep growing every week!


What is the culture in MECCA Brands' Support Centre?

In one word, open. We are open to ideas, open to boldness, open to trying new things, open to working across teams… and, fittingly, our Support Centre is completely open plan (you can take a peek at our Support Centre on Vogue Australia’s site)!

We are driven. One of our values is to do whatever it takes.

We don’t sit still. We are always evolving, improving, innovating, and cooking up the next big thing in beauty.

We work collaboratively. We hustle. We are fair. We practice generosity. We celebrate successes. And we have fun.


Are there internship or work experience opportunities available in MECCA Brands' support centre?

At this stage, we don’t offer an internship or work experience program in our Support Centre.

But we are always growing and evolving here at MECCA, and we never say never!


APPLICATIONS

What are the opening and closing dates for applications for the 2021 MECCA Brands Graduate Program?

Applications for the 2021 MECCA Brands Graduate Program open on Monday 10 February 2020 at 10:00 am (AEDT), and close on Monday 9 March 2020 at 11:59 pm (AEDT).

Our tip - if you can, click submit on your application before the closing day. Sometimes candidates experience difficulties with their internet connections, or have a question about how to complete the application, and unfortunately we may not have enough time to help you and answer your question on the day that applications close.


How do I apply for the 2021 MECCA Brands Graduate Program?

To apply, from Monday 10 February 2020 to Monday 9 March 2020 at 11:59pm, click here.

No need to prepare an application letter. Simply answer some questions, attach your CV and academic transcript, and submit. A handful of the questions ask for a slightly longer form written answer, and we are very curious to see your response and what you have to say, so we encourage you to take your time completing the application.


Can I save my application as I go, and then submit it later?

Yes. If you are applying internally, please use the ‘Save For Later’ button. If you are applying via the main application, each time you click ‘Next’ your application will automatically save. You can come back to your saved job application at any point before Monday 9 March 2020 at 11:59 pm (AEDT), by clicking back on the position application, and selecting ‘Continue Application’.


When can I expect to hear from MECCA after submitting my application for the 2020 MECCA Brands Graduate Program?

We aim to respond to all applicants by the end of March 2020.


SELECTION

What is involved in the recruitment process?

  1. Apply online from 10 February 2020 to 9 March 2020 - applications will close at 11:59 pm AEDT (Melbourne time)
  2. If you are selected, complete a short video interview and some online activities
  3. If you make it to the next round, participate in our Graduate Recruitment Forum in Melbourne in early to mid April 2020 - the precise date will be communicated to successful applicants
  4. Offers will be made and finalised in mid to late April 2020

What types of assessment activities can I expect at the Graduate Recruitment Forum?

The Graduate Recruitment Forum is a great way for us to get to know each other.

Come along prepared to ask us all and any questions you have about life at MECCA Brands and the Graduate program. And be ready to participate in some scenario-based discussions and interviews with the MECCA Brands team.


Do I have to attend the Graduate Recruitment Forum in-person?

Due to the nature of the activities at the Graduate Recruitment Forum, we ask all invited applicants to attend the Forum in person in Melbourne.


THE PROGRAM

When does the 2021 MECCA Brands Graduate Program start?

For Graduates with current or past experience as an in-store Host in a MECCA Brands store, the program starts in our Support Centre in late January / early February 2021 (we'll confirm the precise date with successful applicants).

For Graduates without in-store MECCA experience, you will receive in-store training in October 2020 and join us as a Summer Store Host over the 2020/2021 summer.


I am available to start the Graduate program this year. Does MECCA Brands accept mid-year intakes or other early starters in its 2021 Graduate program?

No, unfortunately. All our 2021 Graduates will start in our Support Centre in late January/February 2021. We decided to make sure all our 2021 Graduates start at the same time because it will ensure that all our Graduates start the program with a supportive cohort and progress through the great training and projects we offer during the program at the same pace.


How many rotations does a Graduate undertake and for how long?

Our Graduates will complete up to four rotations in different departments, each approximately six months long.

The rotations provide our Graduates with an all-access pass to a variety of departments within our Support Centre. It is an exclusive opportunity to expose yourself to a variety of work and practical experience within the Support Centre, and to launch your career as one of our future game changers. The rotations will allow you to explore which areas of the business you are most passionate about and would like to find a permanent role in.

At each stage you will receive support from your coach, your department manager and a buddy.


Is a Graduate offer with MECCA Brands for a particular department?

No. You will be offered a position as a MECCA Brands Graduate, not specifically to any department. We’ll then work closely with you to understand your career goals and aspirations, and allocate you to teams and opportunities that will help you develop and grow (subject to the needs of the Support Centre).


Can I expect to receive ongoing training during the Graduate program?

Yes! The first week of our Graduate program is dedicated to formal learning and development, to equip you with the skills to excel at MECCA Brands right from the start.

We also provide you with a wide range of continual support and training throughout the Graduate program, including:

  • pairing you with a coach and buddy to mentor, guide and support you;
  • workshops between rotations, with cross-functional Graduate team projects;
  • regular presentations by inspiring internal and external speakers from all around the world;
  • leadership training;
  • brand training; and
  • core skills presentations.

What departments could I be working in?

We encourage you to create your own "pick 'n mix" version of our Graduate program to get your career off to a flying start.

You can choose from the following departments:

  • Public Relations and Content
  • Buying and Brand Management
  • Planning and Replenishment
  • Education
  • Product Development
  • Physical and digital marketing
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital
  • eCommerce
  • Retail Operations
  • Tech Development
  • Tech Operations
  • Finance
  • Talent and Culture
  • Property and Leasing
  • Supply Chain

What kind of projects can I expect to work on during the Graduate program?

Our Graduates form integral parts of our various teams, and will be involved in innovative projects from day one. Here at MECCA Brands, the types of projects you can expect to work on (depending on your department) could be:

  • Designing our next generation of stores
  • Developing new products
  • Working on new brand launches
  • Creating our next digital campaign
  • Developing our next modules of leadership training
  • Solving an inventory problem across a network of over 100 stores
  • Integrating and implementing new software throughout the Support Centre, Distribution Centre or Stores
  • Preparing a business case for a major investment
  • Conceiving our next eCommerce feature

On what basis will I be employed as a Graduate?

All positions in the 2021 MECCA Brands Graduate Program are full-time salaried positions and will be two-year fixed term contracts commencing in early late January/early February 2021.


What kind of opportunities are available at the end of the Graduate program?

That's really a question for you to answer during the Graduate program - and we will be here supporting you throughout the process to get you there. There will be a range of opportunities open to you as you come to the end of the Graduate program to take your career to the next level in MECCA, be it in our Support Centre, in-store or in our Distribution Centre.


I still have a question, how can I contact you?

Please feel free to contact us with any other questions about the MECCA Graduate program at graduatecareers@mecca.com.au. And be sure to follow our @LifeAtMECCAInstagram account, and on LinkedIn, for updates.