La Trobe in top 10 for graduate jobs

La Trobe University has reinforced its leading position for rate of graduate employment, placing ninth in Australia and 129th in the world.

The graduate employment rate – the number of graduates in full or part time employment within 12 months of graduation – is one of five measures that contribute to the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018/2019, announced today.

La Trobe has increased its overall position in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, moving into the 251-300 band from the 301-500 band last year, placing the University 14th nationally and 4th in Victoria.

Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said the rankings reflect La Trobe’s priority focus on developing employable graduates.

“From day one of studying at La Trobe, our students are empowered to develop the skills and capabilities that will make them attractive to future employers - through unique initiatives including our Career Ready program,” Professor Dewar said.

“Our strong relationship with industries across all sectors, and in both regional and metro Victoria, means our students gain crucial exposure to work during their study – opening doors and leading to fulfilling employment on graduation.”

The QS Graduate Employability Rankings follow La Trobe’s success in the Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS) earlier this year, when Australian employers rated La Trobe University graduates second among Victorian universities and eighth nationally for overall satisfaction, with a rating of 86.6 per cent (2.6 per cent above the university national average).

About the QS Graduate Employability Rankings

660 universities participated in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019, with 500 ranked. The rankings comprise five indicators for each institution:

  • Employer Reputation based on the outcome of the QS annual employer reputation survey, which asks respondents to identify institutions with the most competent, innovative, and effective graduates.
  • Alumni outcomes measured by the educational background of more than 30,000 of the world’s most successful individuals (such as sector leaders, highly influential employers, award winning professionals and other individual professionals) hence contributing to their university’s alumni networks.
  • Partnerships with employers, consisting of data from Scopus to establish collaborations with companies to produce citable, transformative research, and data from universities on the number of work-placement related partnerships.
  • Employer-Student connections - the number of distinct employers who are actively present on a university’s campus for events such as career fairs and employer presentations.
  • Graduate employment rate - measuring the proportion of graduates (excluding those opting to pursue further study or unavailable to work) in full or part time employment within 12 months of graduation.

More information about the QS Graduate Employability Rankings’ methodology can be found on the website.

QS also publishes the World University Rankings, and rankings by faculty and subject.

La Trobe ranked 397th in the world in the 2018 World University Rankings, is recognised as a top university in 20 subjects and three faculties, with two subjects – Nursing and Archaeology - ranked in the top 100 in 2018.


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