Suc­cess comes by de­grees

Eight out of 10 uni­ver­sity grad­u­ates have a full-time job within four months of fin­ish­ing their de­gree, Ca­reerOne edi­tor Cara Jenkin finds.

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HEALTH sci­ence grad­u­ates have the best chance of em­ploy­ment once they com­plete their stud­ies but law, build­ing and ed­u­ca­tion grad­u­ates are se­cur­ing work be­fore the end of their de­gree, lat­est data shows.

Grad­u­ate Ca­reers Aus­tralia sur­veys more than 40,000 uni­ver­sity grad­u­ates from across the nation each year to iden­tify em­ploy­ment rates and in­dus­try trends.

Ninety-seven per cent of grad­u­ates gain full-time em­ploy­ment and those who study phar­macy, medicine or nurs­ing are the most suc­cess­ful in start­ing their ca­reers within four months of leav­ing uni­ver­sity.

But less than 7 per cent have a job wait­ing for them when they fin­ish their stud­ies. Fifty per cent of stu- dents who study post-grad­u­ate ed­u­ca­tion de­grees walk straight into work, fol­lowed by 35 per cent of build­ing grad­u­ates and 34 per cent of law grad­u­ates.

Kain C+C lawyer Te­gan Knight says find­ing a job is a fear many grad­u­ates have as they ap­proach the end of their de­gree. Ms Knight had se­cured a clerk­ship through the firm’s grad­u­ate pro­gram be­fore she com­pleted her de­gree in 2008.

She was of­fered a per­ma­nent po­si­tion in its cor­po­rate and com­mer­cial lit­i­ga­tion team last year.

‘‘A lot of grad­u­ate pro­grams ... re­quire you to ap­ply and make of­fers early in your fi­nal year of study for po­si­tions be­gin­ning when you grad­u­ate,’’ she says.

Pic­ture: Tait Schmaal

Te­gan Knight, a lawyer for Kain C+C, se­cured a clerk­ship through the firm’s grad­u­ate pro­gram be­fore she fin­ished her de­gree.

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