CQU graduates finding jobs faster than peers

GRADUATES from CQUniversity continue to have more success in gaining employment and remain well ahead of the national average, the latest report from Graduate Career Australia has found.

It examined the 2013 success rate of finding jobs within four months of graduation, and found there had been a "slower" early job market occurring nationally with some graduates taking longer to find their first job.

But this was not the case for the majority of students studying at CQU campuses in Mackay or elsewhere, or who used its on-line distance education.

In an analysis of 14 areas of study from building, engineering to health and computer science, CQU employment uptake was well ahead in building, psychology, social work and electrical engineering. It only fell below average last year in agriculture and nursing.


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CQU spokesman Marc Barnbaum explained that these two variances could partially be explained as cyclical. Nursing graduates at the time had been affected by the rationalisation in Queensland Health.

Mr Barnbaum said two-thirds of CQU students were mature age, many already had work and others were upgrading their skills or making career changes.

In courses like engineering students were often snapped up half-way through their degree and integrated their learning with their work. Mr Barnbaum said the quick uptake of CQU graduates had been constant for the past decade.

CQU vice-chancellor Scott Bowman said the gap would continue to widen as the amalgamation of TAFE and university courses would "value add" to the student qualifications, making them more employable.

"We are in a very strong place. While Mackay may be in a bit of a slowdown it is still the envy of Australia," Mr Bowman said.


Graduate employment rate 2013

Building: National average 77.8%, CQU 100%

Social work: 69.9%, CQU 85.7%

Electrical engineering: 86%, CQU 100%


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