Which is better for you? – College grads vs. graduates

Which is better for you? – College grads vs. graduates

A survey of more than 2,500 Australian residents found that more than half of those who graduated from higher education had trouble finding work, compared to just 20 per cent of those with only a bachelor’s degree.

Key points:Study found that graduates were less likely to be employed than those who had just completed their studiesSource: ABC NewsA national survey of 1,500 adults by the University of New South Wales has found that the employment outlook for graduates is worse than for those who have just completed a bachelor degree.

The survey, which was conducted between January and April, found that 42 per cent said they had not been able to find a job in the next year, compared with 20 per to 29 per cent for graduates of higher education.

“We’ve got graduates that have a degree that they have just finished, so they’re going to need to work,” University of Sydney researcher Dr Amy Huggins said.

“The reason they’re not working is that the opportunities for work have shrunk.”

But not everyone has been as fortunate.

More than half (53 per cent) of graduates of the higher education sector said they were unable to find work, with just 17 per cent saying they were able to do so.

In contrast, just 13 per cent had a job that matched their qualifications, with the vast majority of those finding work being part-time.

“I think the biggest problem is that we’re seeing graduates who haven’t completed a university degree get an education that they’re probably not qualified for, so the skills they’re using are not quite as developed as they would be,” Dr Huggings said.

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