CQU graduates ahead in gaining employment

CQUniversity graduates are a cut above the rest when it comes to finding work after study, according to figures compiled by Graduate Careers Australia.

GCA's survey of all Australian universities found that among 2012 graduates, the national graduate full-time employment rate is 71.3%, whereas CQUniversity's rate is 81.1%.

Gladstone early childhood educator Naomi Harris was offered a job in her field three months after completing a Bachelor of Learning Management (Early Childhood Education) at CQUniversity's Gladstone campus in 2012.

She knows first-hand how stressful the time following graduation can be, and was thankful the wait for a job offer was short.

"Not knowing whether you're going to get a job or not, it was stressful," she said.

"I was one of the lucky ones. Some didn't find out until January, and that's not uncommon."

Ms Harris believes the ease with which she found work had a lot to do with her own experience in the industry, which included more than a decade working in childcare.

But the teaching style at CQUniversity also contributed in giving her a competitive edge, she said.

"There's a lot of one-on-one with the lecturers, and especially with my placement supervisor. She was never uncontactable if I needed something."

Ms Harris said the main reason she chose to study when she already had a lot of experience in the early childhood education was to demonstrate it's never too late to improve one's skills.

"I went back to show my child that it doesn't matter if you don't get that top OP (score)," she said.

"It doesn't limit your options. You can always go back and get something that's going to better yourself."

CQUniversity was ahead of the national rate across most areas of study, including building, electrical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, business studies and social work.

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