CSU graduates in high demand with employers

Employers are far more happy with graduates from smaller universities than those from the bigger "group of eight" institutions. Photo: LOUISE KENNERLEY
Employers are far more happy with graduates from smaller universities than those from the bigger "group of eight" institutions. Photo: LOUISE KENNERLEY

Employers are far more happy with graduates from smaller universities than with those from the bigger "group of eight" institutions, with students from Charles Sturt University gaining an employer satisfaction rate of 85.5 per cent.

CSU ranked 12th in the Department of Education and Training's 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey, which received responses from more than 4300 workplace supervisors of recent graduates, also found that only 56 per cent of university graduates and 64 per cent of their employers think university degrees are important or very important to their current jobs.

Steve Shepherd, chief executive of career coaching firm TwoPointZero, said many smaller universities across the country are outperforming their larger counterparts in ensuring graduates are prepared for the workforce.

"In comparison to sandstone universities, we've seen that some of the other universities have got a very strong focus on employer connection and are really trying to look at how they can add value to their degrees," Mr Shepherd said.

"In 2018, the name is becoming less important in employers' eyes, and that's showing in the results."

This article first appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald.

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