Career Gateway - Monash University

Career outcomes - during and
after Monash
Tonya Wimhurst
Careers Education Consultant
 General graduate employment trends
 Monash graduate employment outcomes
 Employment and Career Development support for Monash
 Useful resources for investigating graduate employer and career
“Three years after the global financial crisis we are
still seeing its lingering effects as graduate recruiter
activity in the labour market remains flat. However,
our research also shows that unemployment is not a
long-term concern for graduates and it’s important to
understand that getting a degree is not about the
first job after university: it’s about the potential for
huge personal growth and a life-time of advantage in
the labour market.”
GCA Research Manager, Mr Bruce Guthrie
Graduate employment trends
These figures come from the Australian Graduate Survey, which is an annual survey of graduates
from Australian higher education institutions. More than 168,000 graduates responded in 2011.
76 per cent of new bachelor degree graduates available for full-time employment
had found a job within four months of completing their studies. This is comparable
with the 2010 figure and down from around 79 per cent in 2009 .
Bachelor degree graduates from the fields of mining engineering, medicine and
pharmacy achieved the best employment outcomes in 2010, with more than 97
per cent of graduates from these fields securing full-time employment within four
months of graduation
New graduates who found full-time employment employed a number of
strategies, with one-in-four graduates (26.4 per cent) in a full-time job having
found that job via the internet. An additional 14.5 per cent found their jobs via
personal networks (family and friends), one-in-ten found their job via their
university careers service, and the remainder used a variety of strategies including
approaching employers directly.
How graduates find out about employment
Monash graduate outcomes – sectors
Monash Graduate: employer type
Monash Graduate: industry sectors
Monash Graduates (local): working overseas
Monash graduate starting salaries: ranked highest to lowest
• Education
• Mechanical and Industrial
Engineering and Technology
• Civil Engineering
• Electrical and Electronic
Engineering and Technology
• Other Health
• Other Engineering and Related
• Engineering and Related
• Medical Studies
• Radiography
• Aerospace Engineering and
• Business and Management
• Law
• Information Technology
Teacher Education
Computer Science
Rehabilitation Therapies
Management and Commerce
Human Welfare Studies and
Banking, Finance and Related
Process and Resources
Information Systems
Sport and Recreation
Sales and Marketing
Earth Sciences
Political Science and Policy
Behavioural Science
Economics and Econometrics
Language and Literature
Communication and Media
Studies in Human Society
Mathematical Sciences
Other Society and Culture
Natural and Physical Sciences
Graphic and Design Studies
Biological Sciences
Visual Arts and Crafts
Chemical Sciences
Other Natural and Physical
*Local undergraduate students in full-time work,
10+ respondents
What do graduate
employers look for?
Graduate employment: key selection criteria
took part in
this survey!
Source: Graduate Careers Australia: The report of the Graduate Outlook, 2011 Survey
Monash Employment and
Career Development
ECD services and resources
• Information and resources (podcasts, handouts,
• Career seminars, forums
• Employer presentations, Career fairs
• Interview practice workshops
• Daily resume/cover letter feedback service
• Individual career counselling
• Career Gateway – a database of full-time, part-time,
casual and voluntary work opportunities
ECD: career development learning programs
Professional transitions
program: in conjunction
with faculties. The
program aims to
increase students’
ability, confidence and
motivation to transition
professionally from
their degree into the
work place. Delivery
includes face-to-face
activities and online
Program outline
Week and Date
Wednesday 5-6pm
1.25 July
2.1 August
3.8 August
4.15 August
5.22 August
6.29 August
7.5 September
8.12 September
9.19 September
10. 26 September
(3:30 to 5:30)
Career Management and Planning
How to plan your Bus/Eco career – part one
Identify your aspirations, values, skills & interests
Finding Employment
What are the career options after completing a Monash Bus/Eco students degree?
How to find Bus/Eco jobs (ie online, agencies, employers)
Gaining experience and making connections
personal brand, networking, informational interviewing, volunteering / internships / vacation work
Developing Quality Applications - Part 1
How to improve your resume
Developing Quality Applications - Part 2
Cover letters – using the right words
Developing Quality Applications - Part 3
Responding to key selection criteria
Online applications
Tips and Tricks for Interviews Success
Preparing for a job interview in Bus/Eco
Interview practice (esp behavioural interviews)
Phone screening interviews
Other recruitment activities
Assessment centre
Psychometric tests
In the workforce
Employment rights and responsibilities.
Workplace culture
Accepting a job - what does the contract look like? what should it include ?
Putting it all together
How to plan your Bus/Eco career –part two
Accounting and Beyond
Speaker panel and networking opportunity
Interesting Career Gateway facts:
In 2011:
 We had over 23000 job opportunities available on Career Gateway
 Over 1.2million job ad views by students
 Over 30,000 students registered on the system
 We process approximately 30 new jobs every day (excluding
 On Monday alone (with students on exams and during a quiet time) 738
positions were viewed, 285 student logins
 The system also incorporates Volunteer opportunities in a sister
system, Volunteer Gateway.
Searching for jobs on Career Gateway
 Students can save searches for positions (e.g. list all casual jobs
advertised in the last 14 days)
 The search is refreshed according to the student's saved selections.
 Students can browse positions by employer with the employers profile
and details or by service (service including: casual/part-time, graduate,
vacation, Internships)
 For ease of access there is a link directly to Graduate programs (i.e.
large organisations with employment development programs for
Resume Builder
 Students are able to build a resume from their profile section where
personal details, experiences and skills are recorded. The resume
builder draws from the information a student enters and puts it into a
specific format according to the types of jobs they are applying for
 Even with minimum details such as name, address, contact details, the
resumes they can download have instructions on what information to
include and how to format their resume.
Events system
 Career Gateway is the main location for students to register and find out
about career related events on campus. They are sent reminders prior to
the events they book for.
 Students can
– meet and network with employers on campus,
– attend lunchtime career seminars on topics such as interviews,
writing tailored job applications,
– attend our annual careers festivals and forums such as accounting
and beyond, Careers GradFest, Science Industry Night
 Over 17,000 students attended our group activities in 2011 (careers
fairs, employer info sessions, career seminars, forums, intensives (not
including our work with faculties in the curriculum)
ECD forums and industry nights
Using your degree
 Careers you can move into with your qualifications
 Industry sectors
 Your potential employers
 Professional associations
 Salary
 ‘Using your degree’
Useful Resources
 Graduate Careers Australia
 Graduate Opportunities
 Unigrad
 Gradconnection