As another year of Year 12 students are readying themselves for final exams, emotional goodbyes and the adventure that’s to come, The Good Universities Guide has released its latest data on graduate outcomes from different universities across Australia.
It might help in decision making. It might discourage study in certain areas. It will almost certainly light a fire of competitiveness in the bellies of school-leavers: the job market, it seems, is no friendly place for university graduates. There’s hard work to come.
The Good Universities Guide 2018 shows that, while universities around the country are providing a high-quality experience for students, finding a job out of university is proving difficult for many.
Four months after graduation, and an average of 69.5 per cent of undergraduates can expect to be employed full-time. Leaving more than 30 per cent of graduates hunting for work.
Those who are hired, aren’t being paid well, either. With the average full-time starting salary $56,000 – equivalent to vocational graduates without a hefty HECS debt.
The best areas for finding work? Anything in healthcare, with students from rehabilitation, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy finding work faster with better starting salaries.
“These outcomes correlate with job outlook predictions,” a press release from The Good Universities Guide states. “Australia’s ageing population will increase the need for qualified professionals in health-related fields, offering a pathway for students that will continue to expand and evolve throughout their career journey.”