An important aspect to consider when choosing a university is what you would like to do after you finish your studies. With many international students deciding to stay in Australia after graduation to gain work experience, it’s essential that new graduates stand out from the crowd.
The world of work is constantly changing, particularly as advances in technology challenge both employers and potential employees to keep their knowledge and skill set up to date. It’s important to be confident that your degree will give you the skills you need to become an employable graduate.
Alongside the core competencies of your chosen field, developing “soft skills” such as team working, organisation, communication and confidence will give you the added advantage to be noticed by employers in a competitive job market.
Why gain work experience in Australia
There are many reasons why talking advantage of graduate work experience opportunities in Australia will benefit for your career.
- Valued by employers
International work and study experience is valued highly by employers, with the QS World University Rankings’ Global Employer Survey reporting more than 80% of the 10,000 employers surveyed across 116 countries said they actively sought graduates who had studied and worked abroad.
- Growing industries
Professional, scientific, tourism and technical services are some of the fastest-growing industries in Australia, and they are always looking for talented graduates eager to gain experience. Other growth industries include construction, education and engineering. Skills shortages in these sought-after sectors mean there are many job opportunities available for graduates.
- Global companies
Many global blue-chip companies have a base of operations in Australia’s larger cities; Australia’s top graduate employers include global companies such as Deloitte, PwC, CSIRO and Google Australia.
- Low unemployment
Australia has a low unemployment rate at 4.9 percent (Trading Economics, March 2019) compared to the global average, which means there are plenty of opportunities available to ambitious graduates looking to further their professional development.
- Broadened life experience
Studying and working in a multicultural country like Australia will give you the opportunity to work with people from all over the world, with different cultural backgrounds. Working away from your home country shows potential employers that you are adaptable, ambitious and determined to succeed, as well as used to being independent.
CSU graduate employment success
Charles Sturt University is the top university for graduate employment in Australia, with graduates achieving an employment rate of 87.5% (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2018). CSU has a strong focus on career outcomes and builds programs to correspond to the demands of specialist sectors.
Employability is about more than just a job. By ensuring they are well equipped with both the capabilities and soft skills needed to attract the right employers, students can expect better quality roles and potentially better salaries. In 2018, CSU students saw higher than average full-time salaries for undergraduate leavers at $73,000 AUD, and post-graduate leavers at $93,900 AUD, 15% above the national average (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2018).
Connecting what is taught in class to the real world is a key aspect of CSU’s success. By balancing practical and theory-based learning, CSU graduates are well prepared for rewarding careers in accounting, business or information technology. The Study Centre’s flagship internship program provided by Study Group and careers development programmes, such as the JobReady Club, are just a few of the ways students are able to gain valuable work experience that will help them stand out in the job market.
What our staff say
Azeem Mohammad, Director of CSU Study Centre Melbourne, explains that internships and work experience are an essential part of helping develop students’ confidence and makes them attractive prospects to potential employers. “They actually give them real work experience within the same area of their studies, plus they actually make them understand how the workplace environment works here in Australia.”
Built-in career focused learning helps students better understand the challenges they’ll face in their careers and gives them the tools to overcome them. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for students and I think that’s a great offering from the Study Centre and Charles Sturt University to ensure that students are job ready.”
Discover how the programmes for international students at CSU Study Centres can help you begin a rewarding career in accounting, business or information technology.