How to choose the right Australian university

16 March 2018

Australia’s education system is respected around the world, and Australian universities are globally recognised for delivering top quality programs. With so many options to choose from, how can you be sure you’re making the right choice in what to study when choosing a university?

Choose what to study

When you have decided on your field of study, you should also consider the quality of the teaching, and the on-campus services available to support your learning in this area. How well-ranked is your chosen subject at the universities you’re considering? Looking at subject rankings is a great way to know if you’ll receive a high quality education.

Gain real world experience

When shortlisting the best courses to study, you should think about the modules you’ll study, methods of assessment, and any practical experience you can gain in your field during or after you graduate. Does the program offer an internship where you can apply your learning in real-world situations? If you’d like to work in Australia after you graduate, how does the program support post-study work opportunities? Does the university have a strong track record around graduate employment outcomes?

Many students choose to study a postgraduate degree in order to deepen their knowledge in specialist areas and make themselves more attractive to employers. Choosing to stay in Australia and take advantage of a post-graduate work visa can also be a great way to gain valuable international experience in your profession.

Charles Sturt University is one of the only universities in Australia to offer 12-subject Masters programs that allow you to apply for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) when you graduate. Students can choose from a range of two-year, 12-Subject Masters programs: Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Commerce and Master of Information Technology.

Employment outcomes

It’s never too early to start thinking about life after you graduate. Employers are looking for skilled graduates who can bring genuine talent to their organisations, so you need to ensure you’ve got more than a degree on your resumé.

But how can you be sure your program will prepare you for your dream career? Selecting a university with a high graduate employment rate is a good way to help you find a great job when you finish your studies. Charles Sturt University (CSU) has the highest graduate employment rate of all Australian universities, due to the university’s focus on workplace learning and career skills development. More than 84% of CSU graduates are employed within four months of graduating.

When you’re thinking about career success, you should also consider your earning potential after you graduate. How high are the graduate starting salaries at your chosen university? As well as boasting the top graduate employment rate in the country, Charles Sturt University has one of the highest graduate starting salaries in Australia. CSU graduates are paid starting salaries 13% above the national average, at $60,000.

If you’d like more information on choosing the right university you can speak to one of our student advisors today.

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