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1 Researching and promoting career outcomes for graduates Graduate Careers Australia Learning and Work or Work Earning Cindy Tilbrook, Executive Director Thursday 31st July, 2008

2 Researching and promoting career outcomes for graduates GCAs Mission To research and promote career outcomes for graduates in Australia, in association with the higher education sector, government and business

3 Researching and promoting career outcomes for graduates We do this by providing: –Networking for all parties involved in graduate employment and training –Careers education products and services to universities and students info booklets for students – new titles welcome! –Services to Graduate Recruiters Graduate Opportunities directories directory of university contacts liaison and consultancy services –Various Research projects

4 Researching and promoting career outcomes for graduates Australian Graduate Survey (AGS) –Graduate outcomes –approx. 112,000 responses per annum Graduate Outlook Survey (GOS): –Graduate employers –270 respondents in 2007 University and Beyond (U&B) –Students –32,000 respondents in 2007, 28,000 in 2008 Surveys and Research Portfolio

5 Researching and promoting career outcomes for graduates AGS Findings Of the 36,805 bachelor degree graduates who were available for full-time employment and were in full-time employment 4 months after graduation: 4522 had full time employment before May in their final year and were still with that employer (12.3%) Accounting – 23.8 % Architecture – 13.5%

6 Researching and promoting career outcomes for graduates AGS Findings

7 Researching and promoting career outcomes for graduates AGS Findings

8 Researching and promoting career outcomes for graduates U&B Why students attend university What they are looking for in their post- university employment What are their decision-factors in choosing their employment post-university

9 Researching and promoting career outcomes for graduates U&B Work experience is the dominant factor influencing students in their career planning –50.0 per cent of students selected this option in response to the question What have been your major influences on career planning? Parents, with 42.8 %, and friends, with 34.8%, were the next most relevant impacts.

10 Researching and promoting career outcomes for graduates U&B

11 Researching and promoting career outcomes for graduates U&B Company paid training and development was found to be the most attractive, non-cash benefit a graduate recruiter can offer a new graduate. 95% of students agreed or strongly agreed with the statements: It is important to have good training opportunities and be developing new skills Conducting work that is interesting and challenging is important to me Followed by: –I need to have personal life and career balance/work flexibility (92.5%) –It is essential to have good people to report to (90.3%)

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