Tertiary Education Minister Senator Chris Evans said the figures showed 76% of all bachelor degree graduates found full time work within four months of completing their degrees.
Tertiary Education Minister Senator Chris Evans said the figures showed 76% of all bachelor degree graduates found full time work within four months of completing their degrees. Allan Reinikka

Sought-after graduates in full-time jobs quickly

THE vast majority of new university graduates with sought-after degrees in medicine, pharmacy and mining engineering are walking into new jobs.

A survey of more than 174,000 graduates revealed on Wednesday that 92% of graduates in medicine, pharmacy, mining engineering, surveying and nursing were in full-time jobs four months after graduation.

Tertiary Education Minister Senator Chris Evans said the figures showed 76% of all bachelor degree graduates found full time work within four months of completing their degrees.

Another 15% of graduates found work part-time or casually, but not necessarily in their chosen field.

The 2012 Australian Graduate Survey also revealed more than 94% of bachelor degree graduates were broadly satisfied with their university experience overall.

"Australian universities are recognised around the world as quality education providers," Senator Evans said.

"For the first time, the Academic Ranking of World Universities this year placed five Australian institutions in the top 100, with 19 of Australia's 37 public universities making the top 500.

The 2012 Australian Graduate Survey involved around 174,000 graduates from Australian higher education institutions.

The GradStats report from the 2012 Australian Graduate Survey is available on the Graduate Careers Australia website


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