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CQU graduates buoyed by excellent employment prospects

POSITIVE FIGURES: Sarah Biskupski is studying an accounting/business double degree at CQUniversity. She is encouraged by figures that show the full-time employment rate of CQU graduates is well above the national average.
POSITIVE FIGURES: Sarah Biskupski is studying an accounting/business double degree at CQUniversity. She is encouraged by figures that show the full-time employment rate of CQU graduates is well above the national average. Chris Ison Rokcuniversity

SARAH Biskupski is feeling confident about her work prospects after national figures were released showing CQUniversity graduates are being snapped up by employers.

A recent comparison of Graduate Careers Australia figures shows CQUniversity has an overall full-time employment rate of 81.1%, compared with the national average of 71.3% for Australian resident bachelor degree graduates.

Sarah, 18, is about to enter the second year of a double degree in accounting/business.

She was awarded the $5000 John Maxwell Memorial Scholarship, which supports students enrolling in their first year of an accounting degree at CQUniversity.

While she is still to decide whether she will head into accounting or HR when she completes her four years of study, Sarah is bolstered by the recent findings.

She is also impressed at how CQUniversity graduates are regarded in Rockhampton.

"Everyone in town that I have spoken to tends to be happy with CQU graduates," she said.

CQUniversity's most in-demand graduates were from electrical engineering and building, with a 100% take-up rate, followed by civil engineering on 94.7%.

In light of the success of engineering graduates, the university was also expecting fresh interest in the traditional civil, electrical and mechanical programs, as well as the new mechatronics options.

The next major QTAC milestone happens today, with the release of major round offers. Students can apply for later offer rounds via QTAC (or the equivalent interstate admission centres) over the next few weeks.

CQUniversity had also seen greater interest in its growing range of allied health programs.

TOPPING THE LIST

CQUniversity's most in-demand graduates, compared with their counterparts nationally, were from the subject areas of:

Electrical engineering (100%)

Building (100%)

Civil engineering (94.7%)

Mechanical engineering (88.9%)

Business studies (88.5%)

Education initial (87.9%)

Social work (85.7%)

Accounting (82.9%)

Psychology (82.4%)

Health other (82.8%)

Computer science (81%)

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