University graduates compete for limited jobs

FOR one job in NSW, there are 20 university graduates applying, an Adzuna job seeker report finds.

In Sydney job seekers are more than 2.5 times as likely to find a job compared to those in regional NSW.

Adzuna Australia CEO Raife Watson said the jobs market is soaring in Australia.

“With competition for jobs at the lowest point for 2017, this is good news for new graduates looking to land their first job out of university,” Mr Watson said.

The number of students finishing their studies outstrips graduate specific roles by 20 to one nationwide. - Raife Watson.

“Graduates need to be realistic, however, as the number of students finishing their studies outstrips graduate specific roles by 20 to one nationwide.”

Many graduates are having to apply for non-graduate roles in industries outside their discipline, just to get a foot in the door.

At the University of New England, agriculture students are proving the statistics wrong.

Agriculture course coordinator Janelle Wilkes said graduates had the skill sets to perform in a number of jobs outside the industry.

“The survey showed about half of our graduates are working in rural NSW, a quarter in rural areas elsewhere in Australia, and the remainder in capital cities or overseas,” she said.

The university polled 500 graduates from the past decade on their career choices.

More than 97 per cent of the 100 graduates who responded were employed.

Adzuna Australia CEO Raife Watson encouraged graduates to consider the healthcare industry.

“We need to remember the healthcare sector does not solely employ graduates with healthcare-related degrees,” he said. “I have seen numerous job vacancies in HR, accounting and finance, legal, all in the healthcare sector.”

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