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