Recently released statistics reveals graduate employment to be the worst since the 1992 – 93 recession. Up to two-thirds of university graduates in some courses haven’t found full-time work in the four months since their graduation.
Not all graduates are finding it this hard although there are specific courses that lead to tough job prospects. Some of the worst job outcomes are:
- The University of Sydney’s build environment courses – 71 per cent of graduates still looking for full time work
- Graduates of University of Adelaide’s communications courses – 68 per cent seeking full time work
- Graduates of University of Tasmania’s communication courses – 73 per cent seeking full time work
Creative arts courses haven’t been spared in the challenges of finding full time work. Once again, the worst performing include:
- Flinders University – 69 per cent
- James Cook University – 69 per cent
- University of Newcastle – 71 per cent
- University of Sunshine Coast – 70 per cent
Other courses that aren’t doing so well include:
- Languages at Griffith University (73 per cent), University of Newcastle (73 per cent) and University of Tasmania (70 per cent)
- Paralegal studies at Flinders University – 73 per cent
- Psychology at James Cook University (75 per cent) and University of the Sunshine Coast (71 per cent)
- Science at Bond University – 82 per cent
- Social work at the University of Western Sydney – 75 per cent
- Sport and leisure at the Australian Catholic University – 68 per cent
The statistics come from the 2015 edition of The Good Universities Guide of which the results were the based on surveys of graduates collected by individual universities.
The survey asked graduates from bachelor degrees to report on their employment status, what their job was and what they were earning. So a graduate who was looking for their first full time job was the statistic that wanted to be captured as opposed to one whom was already employed in full time work or one whom was not seeking one.
The final qualification for a student to take part in the survey was they had to be under the age 25 and data could only be reported from each university when more than half the students provided information.
Finally, in understanding the data, the university that a student attends will play a significant part in their job prospects:
- One in 10 bachelor of law graduates of University of NSW and University of Notre Dame Australia were still looking for full time work in the same period whilst 45 per cent of University of Adelaide law graduates were still unemployed
- Only 6 per cent of University of Newcastle bachelor of accounting graduates were still seeking full time employment compared to over half of graduates from University of South Australia, Australian Catholic University, Flinders University, Edith Cowan University, Central Queensland University, Victoria University and Federation University Australia
- Only 15 per cent of computer and IT graduates from University of NSW were unemployed whilst 63 per cent from Federation University of Australia were still looking
- While 22 per cent of UNSW humanities and social science graduates were seeking full time employment, 61 per cent from University of Adelaide and Victoria University were still on the hustings.