Uni grad­u­ates fail­ing to use de­grees

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UNIVER­SITY grad­u­ates are in­creas­ingly se­cur­ing jobs which re­quire only a Year 12 ed­u­ca­tion, a study has found.

Aus­tralian grad­u­ates in the fields of sci­ence and com­merce are par­tic­u­larly fail­ing to gain work that makes use of their de­grees. The Grat­tan In­sti­tute re­port found grad­u­ates in law, IT and engi­neer­ing were less likely to use their qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“The main rea­son for the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion is that there were many more new grad­u­ates than there were jobs that re- quire their qual­i­fi­ca­tion,” Grat­tan higher ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram di­rec­tor Andrew Nor­ton said.

“Be­tween 2008 and 2016, there were about 970,000 new bach­e­lor de­gree grad­u­ates but only 875,000 pro­fes­sional and man­age­rial jobs cre­ated.”

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