Start Now. It’s what we say at Charles Sturt University (CSU), because we know that when it comes to job prospects it’s all about taking that first step to getting qualified.
But what should that first step be? This is a question that concerns parents as much as it does kids. After all, the workplace that your child is going to enter is changing like never before.
The key trends in altering the employment landscape, such as the impact of technology and increased flexibility in the job market, are developing so rapidly that it can make helping your child decide on a path towards securing their own future seem an unenviable task.
So how can your child secure a career that not only engages them but also offers some security in the future? (This is actually one of the most common questions that CSU’s prospective student advisers get asked by parents.)
Getting a degree is a good place to start.
A degree gives financial security
Graduates typically earn more over their working life than non-graduates. This is testament not only to the promotion opportunities that open up to people with advanced knowledge and skills, but also their higher earning potential.
Why is that? Well, at CSU there are three key fundamentals in all our degrees that contribute to giving our graduates the best chance of securing the career they want.
A degree from CSU gives job security
First, we give students hands-on experience from their first year. This can be through work placements, internships or practical workshops in our world-class facilities. Learning isn’t just about knowing; it’s about doing as well. Giving our students lots of opportunities to put their knowledge into practice, to apply theory to real-world situations, means that from the very start of their degree they are doing things that they would do in the workplace. Essentially, they start their career from day one of their degree.
Second, we work closely with industry partners so that we know our students are getting the skills their chosen industry needs. What are the current – and future – trends that will affect industries, and how are they changing to meet them?
How will robotics influence agricultural production? What is eco social work and how important will it be in the future? What’s happening at the cutting edge of digital media production, and how can our students experience it?
We are constantly asking this question of the big players in industry, and using the information we receive to modify our courses so that they are both up to date and forward looking. When our students graduate, they’re ready to step into where the industry is – not where it was three years ago.
Third, we embed transferable skills into all our courses. These skills will equip students with the personal aptitudes that will serve them well across many different industries – and many different job opportunities. As the future job landscape becomes more flexible, someone who can apply analytical, initiative and problem-solving skills to a wide range of positions will be well placed to secure their future.
It’s also in the figures
We work hard to make sure our graduates get the career they want. And it’s paying off.
CSU has the highest graduate employment rate in Australia. More of our graduates find full-time employment within four months of graduating – 83.9 per cent – than graduates of any other university in the country.
Plus, the feedback we get from employers is also letting us know that with CSU, students are ready to make their mark in the workplace from the day they graduate.
The figures collected by the federal Department of Education and Training through the 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey indicate that 85.5 per cent of employers were satisfied with the CSU grads who worked for them.
CSU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic), Professor Toni Downes said that the university was pleased with the results, especially compared to city and sandstone universities.
“Of course we’re very happy that graduates from our university continue to achieve great things and set the bar high. The results presented in the survey are another feather in CSU’s cap and a credit to our dedicated staff, and our professionally oriented courses that enable students to engage with a variety of workplaces during their studies.”
Getting ready for the career they want
And just as importantly, our graduates are going on to find jobs that they really enjoy. Amy Farrell, a graduate of our Bachelor of Communication, majoring in radio communication, now works as a copywriter at Nova FM, and feels CSU helped her find her career path.
“CSU teaches you to apply yourself, and begin good habits early so by the time you get to your third year, you can actually work out where your skillset lies.”
As Gino Mammoliti, a graduate of the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) says, “I’m already seeing jobs that I wasn’t able to apply for before, that I can actually apply for now, so my degree is already working for me!”
Let’s talk about the future
We get how difficult it may be for your child to navigate towards a future career, and for you to help them make their choices. So it can help to have someone to bounce ideas off, and who can give you the lowdown when it comes to your child’s options. That’s why we have dedicated parent information events and why we encourage parents to come along to an Explore Day event. We want to give you what you need to know to help your child thrive in their future career.