The 5 best Australian universities for getting a job
Australian universities rank high when it comes to employability. Source: Shutterstock

Australia offers some of the best education in the world, with world-class universities to rival the big guns you find in the UK and US – think Harvard, Cambridge sort of big hitters.

The land down under is hot on the heels of these more established institutes, turning out some impressive standings in world university rankings.

On top of this, you’ve also got the breath-taking beaches and outback of this beautiful country to explore, making Australia a top destination for anyone considering spreading their wings and heading overseas for a study-abroad adventure.

When doing your research and checking out potential unis, you’ll obviously want to know what your employability odds are like once you’ve graduated.

We hear ya! Taking from the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018, we’ve compiled a list of the top schools for getting a job to guide you through the tricky decision.

1. University of Sydney

The University of Sydney ranks an impressive fourth in the world for graduate employability and remains top in Australia. It scores super high for employer-student connections, and does well on all other indicators – Employer reputation, Alumni outcomes, Partnerships with Employers per Faculty, and Graduate employment rate.

The university makes a serious effort in arranging careers fairs, networking events and workshops to get you in front of your dream employer…and vice versa.

2. University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne climbed four places to rank seventh in the world for graduate employability this year and achieves the highest score among all Australian universities for its Graduate Employment Rate (ranked 10th globally).

What UM are putting down, employers are picking up. Their approach is definitely working as the university boasts four Australian prime ministers among its alumni, plus other successful figures such as Germaine Greer and Barry Humphries.

3. University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales (UNSW). Source: Ilustor Studio/Shutterstock

UNSW is a new entrant into the graduate employability list, coming in at 36th place. The Good Universities Guide recently awarded it the full five-stars for “Getting a job” – the only Group of Eight university to do so this year – so you know you’re on to a winner.

UNSW also scored the maximum five-star rating in four other key performance areas: student retention, staff-student ratio, starting salary and student demand.

4. University of Queensland

This year, the University of Queensland squeezes into the top 50 universities for graduate employability in the world. Boasting a higher graduate employment rate than the national average, UQ offers its students a free online employability course and has other initiatives to help maximize students’ success, such as short-term global experiences and student exchange programs, internships, career workshops and more.

5. University of Technology, Sydney

Coming in at number 69 (nice!) in the world, UTS gets 76 percent of its graduates into full-time or part-time employment three months after completing their study.

No surprises then that it scored highest on graduate employment rate, but also clocked up great scores in employer reputation and employer-student connections.

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