CQU graduates' full time employment rate higher than average
CQUniversity graduates from 2013 had an overall full-time employment rate of 79.8% compared to the Australian average of 68.1% for Australian resident Bachelor degree programs.
The figures come from a new Graduate Careers Australia report released yesterday, which showed that in 10 out of 12 areas of study, CQU outperformed the national average for finding full-time employment within four months of completing their degree.
CQUniversity also performed well with an overall median graduate salary of $58,000, compared with the national overall median salary of $55,000.
Jessica Younger's experience backs a wider trend showing graduates from Australia's regionally based universities can be ahead of the game.
Jessica was among the pioneering students of CQU's Bachelor of Oral Health degree and found her first graduate position as an oral health therapist with a private firm in Brisbane.
"All of our graduating oral health students were able to secure employment… many of them even before graduation," Jessica said.
"Our degree is well respected nationally."
In a surprising twist, the GCA report showed indigenous graduates were more likely to have been in full-time employment than the total group and graduates from Northern Territory had notably better full-time employment prospects (81.6%) than those from other states.
In the longer-term, graduates' prospects remain strong.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures for May 2014 show that, in the general labour force (aged 15-74), just 3.2% of Bachelor degree graduates were unemployed.
The rate for those without post-school qualifications was 8.2%.