Should Australian Universities help graduates find jobs?
Posted on June 8, 2019
The latest survey has revealed that students in Australian Universities want the Universities to assist them in finding jobs upon graduation. 3/4th of the 1,000 students in Universities in Australia said that the Universities had a liability to assist them in finding employment.
The survey was commissioned by Studiosity the study assistance firm. More than 36% of the students said that Australian Universities must partner with them for job search after graduation. Additional 25% said that more courses pertaining to work placement must be offered by the Universities. 15% of them wanted extra practical elements in the curriculum.
Work-integrated learning is a vital part of higher education in Australia. A report was published earlier this year titled ‘Career Ready Graduates’. It found that around ½ million students in Australian Universities participated in work placements, practical simulations, fieldwork, and industry-led projects.
These activities that prepare students for the career are known as WIL – work integrated learning. They are considered to be vital by 91% of students in Australia. 1 out of 3 rated them to be highly important. Another 1 out of 3 rated them to be very crucial.
The first all-inclusive snapshot of WIL in Australia found that Universities offered 555, 403 workplace experiences in 2018. These are distributed equally among 357,806 Australian students/permanent residents; 93, 126 overseas students; 5, 486 native students, and 67, 116 students from remote and regional Australia.
Judyth Sachs Chief Academic Officer at Studiosity said that University finding jobs for students is not a good idea.
The ex-Provost at Macquarie University in Sydney said that there is an overarching question. It is whether there is value in students’ application of their learning through WIL placements/service learning or whatever this is termed as. Then the question is also about the role that must be played by the Universities. This will clarify the responsibility of finding placements, said Sachs, as quoted by the Study International.
However, I do not feel for sure that it is the role of the University to search jobs said, Judyth Sachs. This is because they are not agencies for recruitment. Students have to search job on their own, that is what life is, added the ex-Provost at Macquarie University.
The Government of Australia subsidizes tuition fees for domestic students. The remaining part is paid by the students, called ‘student contribution’. Overseas students pay yearly $22,170 on an average for Undergraduate study. They pay yearly $22,700 on an average for Post-graduate study in Australia.
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