‘Hunger and drive’: why
studying at UNSW could land you a top job
More than 90% of
UNSW job seekers are in full-time jobs within three months of completing
their degree. What makes UNSW graduates so attractive to employers?
When prospective employers
interview graduates for a job, it is seldom their academic performance
that tops the list of selection criteria.
A survey of 3,296
successful graduates and 166 graduate employers conducted by the
Australian Association of Graduate Employers and High Fliers in 2012
found more than 86% of graduate employers rated team work, oral
communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills as ‘very
More than eight out of
10 of the successful graduates had worked on a part-time or casual basis
and 51% had done volunteer work while at university.
“It’s really not just
about academics and the information they have learned, when we’re
interviewing it’s more about their hunger and their drive and their
genuine interest in the industry,” says Elaina Griffiths, Head of
Graduate Acquisition and Development, Australia and NZ at UBS.
are sought after employees
Graduates from UNSW are among the most employable in Australia,
according to the 2012 Australian Graduate Survey. Employers look to UNSW
graduates because their knowledge is largely fact based – they learn
about real work scenarios rather than purely theory, meaning they are
work-ready when they leave the university.
“UNSW students come to
us with skills that are ready to be applied in the business. With a bit
of training they deepen their skill set and they are very good at
picking up on instruction and applying it, that represents a big saving
in energy for businesses,” says Paul Bailey, Director of Axiom
Forensics, a Sydney company specialising in forensic accounting.
UNSW is one of
Australia’s leading research-intensive universities. Combining
high-quality research with extensive industry partnerships has opened
the door for many graduates.
Bluescope Steel is a
research partner of UNSW and has employed several graduates after
working with them during the UNSW Co-op Scholarships Program, an
industry-linked scholarship program providing industry training,
professional and leadership development to selected undergraduates in
Business, Engineering, Science and Built Environment.
“UNSW has always been
one of my preferred providers of people because the students are highly
aligned with what we want, as they do their industrial training periods
here through the co-op program,” says Phil Barker, Bluescope Steel’s
Technical Leader of Polymer Research.
ahead of the pack
UNSW runs a variety of programs aimed at giving students a stronger
competitive edge in the job market. These include the Professional
Development Program for international students, which helps them further
develop their communication skills in a professional setting, as well as
gain practical experience in the workplace through 50-hour internships.
There is also the
Advantage Program, in which students can choose from more than 500
co-curricular activities to develop skills such as communication,
problem solving and teamwork. All of the activities completed appear on
students’ Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.
“It’s not just a degree
that will get you a job. Employers are looking for graduates with
teamwork, communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills and
it’s important to develop these skills through not only university study
but through work experience and extra-curricular activities,” says Taye
Morris, Manager of UNSW Careers and Employment.
“It’s this diverse
range of experiences that our students are engaged in, as well as our
high academic standards, that makes UNSW graduates so highly sought
after by employers in Australia and internationally.”