A new study shows a decline in university graduates getting full-time employment, as job prospects are dire.
The National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University found the percentage of students successfully getting jobs after graduation dropped from 89 per cent to 67 per cent between 2008 and 2014.
The figures have dropped across the board, however, there are some fields that have a better student-to-work ratio.
For example 95 per cent of medicine graduates were successful at getting a job as of 2014, however, only 12 per cent of language and literature graduates had secured full-time work.
But despite declining job opportunities, the number of university admissions has risen from under 20,000 students to over 27,000.
The findings are alarming for many university students who are nearing the end of their degree and thinking about full-time employment.
University of NSW law student and law clerk at King and Wood Mallesons, Sarah Easy, feels the stakes are too high for law students.
“As a law student, I’m constantly reminded of the declining number of jobs for the growing number of law grads,” she told The Newsroom.
“These days a degree doesn’t guarantee you anything. If you don’t have a law degree with a high distinction average, already worked in a top tier firm, whilst playing soccer for Australia and feeding the homeless in your spare time, you might as well not bother applying for a grad job.”
Many young Australians feel pressured to go to university, but some have realised that higher education isn’t for them.
West Pennant Hills resident Becky Clark recently dropped out of university, deciding it wasn’t for her and there were limited jobs in her desired field.
“I’ve had a lot of pressure put on me by my parents to complete my degree because they didn’t go to uni and have had fairly mediocre careers,” she said.
“My dad said, ‘I don’t think you understand how important it is you finish your degree’ and I was like, ‘I don’t think you understand how unimportant it is.’ ” – Ashleigh Cant.
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