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Career outcomes - during and after Monash. Tonya Wimhurst Careers Education Consultant. Agenda. General graduate employment trends Monash graduate employment outcomes Employment and Career Development support for Monash students

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Career outcomes during and after monash

Career outcomes - during and after Monash

Tonya Wimhurst

Careers Education Consultant



  • General graduate employment trends

  • Monash graduate employment outcomes

  • Employment and Career Development support for Monash students

  • Useful resources for investigating graduate employer and career information

Career outcomes during and after monash

“Three years after the global financial crisis we are still seeing its lingering effects as graduate recruiter activity in the labour market remains flat. However, our research also shows that unemployment is not a long-term concern for graduates and it’s important to understand that getting a degree is not about the first job after university: it’s about the potential for huge personal growth and a life-time of advantage in the labour market.”

GCA Research Manager, Mr Bruce Guthrie

Graduate employment trends

Graduate employment trends

These figures come from the Australian Graduate Survey, which is an annual survey of graduates from Australian higher education institutions. More than 168,000 graduates responded in 2011.

  • 76 per cent of new bachelor degree graduates available for full-time employment had found a job within four months of completing their studies. This is comparable with the 2010 figure and down from around 79 per cent in 2009 .

  • Bachelor degree graduates from the fields of mining engineering, medicine and pharmacy achieved the best employment outcomes in 2010, with more than 97 per cent of graduates from these fields securing full-time employment within four months of graduation

  • New graduates who found full-time employment employed a number of strategies, with one-in-four graduates (26.4 per cent) in a full-time job having found that job via the internet. An additional 14.5 per cent found their jobs via personal networks (family and friends), one-in-ten found their job via their university careers service, and the remainder used a variety of strategies including approaching employers directly.

How graduates find out about employment

How graduates find out about employment

Monash graduate outcomes sectors

Monash graduate outcomes – sectors

Monash graduate employer type

Monash Graduate: employer type

Monash graduate industry sectors

Monash Graduate: industry sectors

Monash graduates local working overseas

Monash Graduates (local): working overseas

Monash graduate starting salaries ranked highest to lowest

Monash graduate starting salaries: ranked highest to lowest

  • Education

  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Technology

  • Civil Engineering

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology

  • Other Health

  • Other Engineering and Related Technologies

  • Engineering and Related Technologies

  • Medical Studies

  • Radiography

  • Aerospace Engineering and Technology

  • Business and Management

  • Law

  • Information Technology

  • Teacher Education

  • Computer Science

  • Rehabilitation Therapies

  • Management and Commerce

  • Human Welfare Studies and Services

  • Banking, Finance and Related Fields

  • Process and Resources Engineering

  • Information Systems

  • Sport and Recreation

  • Nursing

  • Sales and Marketing

  • Accounting

  • Earth Sciences

  • Political Science and Policy Studies

  • Behavioural Science

  • Economics and Econometrics

  • Pharmacy

  • Language and Literature

  • Communication and Media Studies

  • Studies in Human Society

  • Mathematical Sciences

  • Other Society and Culture

  • Natural and Physical Sciences

  • Graphic and Design Studies

  • Biological Sciences

  • Visual Arts and Crafts

  • Chemical Sciences

  • Other Natural and Physical Sciences

*Local undergraduate students in full-time work,10+ respondents

What do graduate employers look for

What do graduate employers look for?

Graduate employment key selection criteria

Graduate employment: key selection criteria

518 employers took part in this survey!

Source: Graduate Careers Australia: The report of the Graduate Outlook, 2011 Survey

Monash employment and career development services

Monash Employment and Career Development services

Ecd services and resources

ECD services and resources

  • Information and resources (podcasts, handouts, Facebook)

  • Career seminars, forums

  • Employer presentations, Career fairs

  • Interview practice workshops

  • Daily resume/cover letter feedback service

  • Individual career counselling

  • Career Gateway – a database of full-time, part-time, casual and voluntary work opportunities

Ecd career development learning programs

ECD: career development learning programs

Professional transitions program: in conjunction with faculties. The program aims to increase students’ ability, confidence and motivation to transition professionally from their degree into the work place. Delivery includes face-to-face activities and online materials.

Interesting career gateway facts

Interesting Career Gateway facts:

In 2011:

  • We had over 23000 job opportunities available on Career Gateway

  • Over 1.2million job ad views by students


  • Over 30,000 students registered on the system

  • We process approximately 30 new jobs every day (excluding weekends)

  • On Monday alone (with students on exams and during a quiet time) 738 positions were viewed, 285 student logins

  • The system also incorporates Volunteer opportunities in a sister system, Volunteer Gateway.

Searching for jobs on career gateway

Searching for jobs on Career Gateway

  • Students can save searches for positions (e.g. list all casual jobs advertised in the last 14 days)

  • The search is refreshed according to the student's saved selections.

  • Students can browse positions by employer with the employers profile and details or by service (service including: casual/part-time, graduate, vacation, Internships)

  • For ease of access there is a link directly to Graduate programs (i.e. large organisations with employment development programs for students)

Resume builder

Resume Builder

  • Students are able to build a resume from their profile section where personal details, experiences and skills are recorded. The resume builder draws from the information a student enters and puts it into a specific format according to the types of jobs they are applying for

  • Even with minimum details such as name, address, contact details, the resumes they can download have instructions on what information to include and how to format their resume.

Events system

Events system

  • Career Gateway is the main location for students to register and find out about career related events on campus. They are sent reminders prior to the events they book for.

  • Students can

    • meet and network with employers on campus,

    • attend lunchtime career seminars on topics such as interviews, writing tailored job applications,

    • attend our annual careers festivals and forums such as accounting and beyond, Careers GradFest, Science Industry Night

  • Over 17,000 students attended our group activities in 2011 (careers fairs, employer info sessions, career seminars, forums, intensives (not including our work with faculties in the curriculum)

Ecd forums and industry nights

ECD forums and industry nights



Using your degree

Using your degree

  • Careers you can move into with your qualifications

  • Industry sectors

  • Your potential employers

  • Professional associations

  • Salary

  • ‘Using your degree’

Useful resources

Useful Resources

  • Graduate Careers Australia

  • Graduate Opportunities

  • Unigrad

  • Gradconnection

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