Are you a Year 12 student working your butt off to ensure you achieve a high enough ATAR score to attend the prestigious Melbourne University, or Sydney University?
These two institutes have some of the highest entrance scores in the country, yet they don’t make top five when it comes to starting salaries for graduates or full-time employment outcomes.
Nor do they make the top 10 in staff qualifications or overall experience – which measures engagement, resources, skills development, support and teaching quality.
According to this year’s Good Universities Guide, Bond University was ranked the best for overall experience followed by Notre Dame and Edith Cowan University.
In terms of full-time employment outcomes, it was the lesser known Charles Sturt University (CSU) and Charles Darwin University (CDU) which claimed first and second place.
Notre Dame, the University of New England (UNE) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) rounded out the top five.
Sydney University slotted into ninth place with Melbourne’s RMIT coming in at 14th.
84 percent of Charles Sturt graduates are likely to find full-time work within just four months of finishing their degree.
In addition, graduates of CDU and CSU are the most likely to earn the highest paid starting salaries, followed by UNE and Notre Dame.
Sydney University graduates are only expected to earn average an annual salary of $56,000 compared to just $53,500 for Melbourne University graduates.
Speaking to Fairfax Media, chief executive of the Good Education Group Chris Lester said the in-demand universities are falling behind their lesser known counterparts.
He said this is likely because the majority of their students are school leavers and not mature-age students.
“Now, people [coming to university] straight out of school are finding it difficult to get a job,” Mr Lester said.
He then explained that the universities which offer graduate programs and internships are more likely to have more students landing full-time roles.
Mr Lester praised the University of Wollongong for specifying its graduate programs.
“Some of the things they say they’re (University of Wollongong) doing is trying to make sure that someone’s not just a number, and having differentiated programs for different students,” Mr Lester said.
He also noted that high entry scores and high demand university are sometimes sought after because of their reputation rather than quality.
This article originally appeared on Ten News – The Australian Universities with the best employment rates