Employment success for work-ready ACU graduates

ACU graduates are both resilient and extremely employable, with almost 95 per cent working full-time three years after finishing their studies.

This places ACU 8th out of 41 universities in the country for undergraduate students (94.1%). The full-time employment rate for post graduate students three years following graduation is 95.2%, according to the 2023 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey – Longitudinal (GOS-L).

More than 40,000 graduates from 116 institutions took part in the study; they are surveyed in the four months after completion of studies (short term) and again after three years (medium term). This cohort finished their degrees and graduated in 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, during a time when securing and retaining employment posed unique challenges.

The GOS measures short-term and long-term employment outcomes including skills utilisation, further study activities, and graduate satisfaction.

ACU Provost Professor Julie Cogin said the outcome was an important indicator of ACU’s ability to provide an outstanding education experience, that prepares skilled and industry ready graduates.

“It’s immensely rewarding to see such positive outcomes for our students,” Professor Cogin said. “They come to ACU seeking a high-quality education program, they leave as well-rounded citizens with careers in their chosen area, an open and ethical mindset, and the ability to adapt to the changing world around them.”

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