Get that job: Top graduate employment score for USQ

If you’ve just graduated from the University of Southern Queensland, chances are great you’ll be able to get a full-time job.

A report has named the Toowoomba university as one of the state’s top performers.

The Good Universities Guide 2016, released today, compared how successful new graduates were at securing jobs after they finished their program.

USQ was given the highest score in that category along with University of Queensland and James Cook University.

The university also scored highly for teacher quality and graduate starting salary.

The teaching quality rating looks at how graduates from similar fields of study rate the teaching quality at their university.

The graduate starting salary rating compares universities based on the average starting salary of graduates in their first full-time job.

It specifically looks at graduates who are aged under 25, providing a good indication of likely salaries by institution.

Education data manager for the Guide, Ross White, said the results showed it was important for students to shop around when it came to choosing a university.

“While the Group of Eight consistently performs well on indicators like student demand and research grants, the latest Good Universities Guide has found that regional universities are key standouts when it comes to factors that are becoming increasingly important for graduating students – the quality of teaching they experienced and employability skills gained,” Mr White said.

“This year The Good Universities Guide assessed graduate employment rates at USQ across four fields of study, Accounting, Business, Education and Engineering. In all fours fields, USQ graduates have the lowest proportion of job seekers of any university nationally.”

Editor of The Good Universities Guide, Joanna Schwarz, said for students not wanting to leave their home states, the option to move from a metropolitan to regional area – or vice versa – was worth considering.


This article originally appeared in The Chronicle – Get that job: Top graduate employment score for USQ

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