3 Australian universities producing job-ready graduates
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3 Australian universities producing job-ready graduates

Known for its stunning coastlines, diverse wildlife and tantalising brunch spots, Australia has always been among the most popular travel destinations in the world. The land down under attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists a year thanks to its beautiful climate and magnificent landscapes, but that’s not all that makes this region so popular among global wanderers…

Australia is also considered one of the top three English-speaking countries for overseas study, providing an innovative, globally-recognised education for the past 100 years. And with Australia turning into one of the fastest-growing developed economies, the country is ideal for students hoping to find rewarding employment after graduation.

Australian universities know that good career prospects are among the most crucial considerations for prospective students looking to pursue higher education, with many seeking programmes that incorporate unparalleled practical training and work experience opportunities. By taking up these offers, students gain insights into job-specific industries, on top of learning new skills and building a professional network, which all greatly boost future employment options.

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And to further bolster rates of graduate employability, universities organise mentorship programmes and guest speaker events. Here, students have a chance to ask questions, to seek valuable advice and exchange contacts with leading industry experts, giving them a clearer picture of what they want to do with their careers. Several universities also provide skills workshops to help pupils build a portfolio of ‘soft skills’ – traits global employers actively look for when recruiting recent graduates.

On top of that, several Australian universities send students on placements with reputable business partners and corporate organisations that have strong collaborations with the institution. Associations between universities and companies give students the chance to work with the best in the field, granting them valuable experience as they apply their knowledge in a relevant real-world field. Many students who pursue these placements secure a full-time role before their graduation.

Another thing that makes Australia such a popular student destination lies in the employment workshops offered by most native institutions. For instance, ‘Study Gold Coast’ has recently launched Australia’s largest city-wide student employability programme to showcase career opportunities available in the country. The programme which is supported by education institutions such as Griffith University, Bond University and TAFE Queensland Gold Coast aims to facilitate a stronger connection with students and industry.

There’s so much to love about living and learning in this captivating country. So, if you’re planning to further your studies overseas, why not do it in Australia? Here are 3 Australian universities that offer an outstanding education while producing job-ready graduates…

GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY

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Receiving five stars in the prestigious QS Star ratings for graduate employability, Griffith University is an excellent choice for students who want to ensure a successful future is secured. This comprehensive, research-intensive university ranks in the top three percent of universities in the world and has a strong reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Griffith offers a wide range of study options from undergraduate and postgraduate (taught and research) degrees to English preparation programmes delivered across five campuses in South East Queensland.

To ensure students are equipped for the new world of work, Griffith incorporates real-life industry experiences and work-integrated learning into its degree programmes. Partners include AMP, Cisco, City of Gold Coast, Air New Zealand, and Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Here, students also have access to mentoring and leadership programmes and ‘Unitemps’ – a service dedicated to helping students find paid part-time work while they study.

Degrees cover a wide range of disciplines and are underpinned by world-class research and industry connections. Students have the option of choosing from study areas, including Business and Government, Criminology and Law, Education, Engineering and IT, Environment, Planning and Architecture, Medicine, Dentistry and Health, Humanities and Languages, Music, Science and Aviation and Visual and Creative Arts.

FLINDERS UNIVERSITY

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Designed to take students from ‘learning to earning’, a degree from Flinders University instils you with specialised skills and broadens your abilities in independent thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration. The university, which prepares students not only for a job but a career beyond the classroom, has received an impressive four out of five stars for graduate starting salaries from the 2016 Good Universities Guide.

As part of its Innovative Research Universities group, Flinders offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as research degrees, that are student-focused and globally-recognised. You can pursue a programme from one of 15 diverse study areas: Arts, Business, Commerce and Management, Computing and Mathematics, Creative Arts and Media, Culture and Communication, Education, Engineering and Design, Government and International Relations, Health, Law and Criminology, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Psychology, Science and Environment and Social Work.

The University also offers work placements and industry-based initiatives to increase student career prospects. Here, students get to apply what they’ve learned in real-world situations while working on relevant projects that enhance their learning through unique industry insights. On top of this, the Flinders New Venture Institute allows students to boost employment opportunities by building entrepreneurship expertise, inspiring new ways of thinking while also connecting businesses, research and students.

CURTIN UNIVERSITY

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At Western Australia’s largest and most multicultural university, students will receive an education that equips them with the knowledge and expertise needed to solve the challenges of tomorrow. Courses are regularly reviewed by industry leaders, business owners and government representatives to ensure subject matter will apply to the changing global market.

Students have the opportunity to pursue a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in areas like Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability, Architecture and Construction, The Arts and Creative Industries, Business, Management and Law, Culture, Language and Indigenous Studies, Education, Engineering and Mining, Health, IT and Computing, and Physical Sciences and Mathematics. With a focus on flexibility, students here can tailor their studies accordingly, choosing to study online or transfer between campus settings.

And there’s nothing that will make you appreciate the work you do more than seeing it all come to life. Students here put theory into practice with the institution’s modern facilities whether it’s working on stock trading in the Curtin Business School Trading Room, or searching for clean energy sources in the A$116 million Resources and Chemistry Precinct. The University’s strong and significant community partnerships also gives students the opportunity to gain workplace experience within these organisations.

*Some of the institutions featured in this article are commercial partners of Study International